Tension – Six Sentence Story

Jake’s fortune read, The best way to mess up a miracle is to take offense, which made him wonder where people came up with stuff like that. The messages his co-workers received in their thin, dry, almond cookies didn’t seem like they were pointing suspicious fingers at them, or maybe he was just being overly sensitive about the one he received.

He recalled years ago around his fortieth birthday getting a fortune that read, A fool at forty is a fool indeed. At that time Janice, a sales manager he had to tolerate, remarked, “The universe is trying to tell you something, Jake, 😂🤣.”

Since Janice was paying for the meal, Jake thought it best to keep his mouth shut. However, his silence couldn’t stop the tension from building up in that noodle between his ears pitting his general unbelief in most everything against his realization that that had been the third consecutive time that he, and he only at the table, received that very message.


Denise offers the prompt word “tension” to be used in this week’s Six Sentence Stories.

Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

26 thoughts on “Tension – Six Sentence Story”

  1. It is not easy to assign meaning to the signs appearing…from random to meaningful is a road requiring presence.
    You have a power for parables, Frank.

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    1. Thank you, Nick! It is hard to tell the random from the meaningful. The first fortune I made up. The one about the fool at forty I actually received three times when I was in my forties. Thinking back, it may have been meaningful.

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  2. I might be feeling a little like Jake if I got the same fortune three times, Frank. I mean, what are the odds?! As Nick said, it’s often difficult to decipher the “random from the meaningful.”

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    1. I actually did get that fortune three times in a row decades ago when I was in my forties. It is not easy to forget such coincidences. Of course, I keep reminding myself of it by writing a story about it. Thank you, Denise!

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