Thursday 21 February 2008

Friday (or in this case Thursday this week) 55 Flash Fiction #15 Why Did I Do It?

Why did I do it?

Martin looked at Jenny on the bed

Huge beads of sweat forming on her forehead
Her lovely face contorted in agony

He wished it was over
Jenny’s eyes looked at him accusingly.

If he’d known it would be like this he’d never have done it.

No-one told him having a baby would be like this!

Friday 55 Flash Fiction is brought to you by susiestheboss. If you want to take part pop over and let Susie know when you've posted your 55.


Mimi Queen of Memes has devised a new meme, the

Message In A Bottle Meme

and tagged me for it. Now when Mimi tags you with a Meme - you do it - unless you want to end up in the dungeon. However, I would have pinched it had Mimi not tagged me because it's a fun thing to do, the tag not the pinching.

Here's the rules:
1. Compose a message to place in your virtual bottle.

2. Right click and SAVE the blank graphic below

3. Use a graphics program of your choice to place the message on the picture

4. Post the Message In a Bottle meme and your creation on your blog along with these rules

5. Tag a minimum of 5 bloggers - or your entire blogroll - to do the same. Notify them of the tag.

I can't do the Mr. Linky thingie so head over to this post at Mimi's and enter your name in the Mr. Linky so others can visit you to see your message in a bottle. Also email Mimi with your message in a bottle so she can put them altogether like she does with the Peace Globes.

Here's mine:

Now I tag all of you (if you want to do it).

Please let me know when you've posted so I can come take a look.

Please will at least 5 of you do it, otherwise Mimi will put me in the dungeon! Pretty Please. xx


Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

having a baby! that's right honey!!!

smiles, bee

maryt/theteach said...

Akelamalu, you know you might be interested to see how the writer Richard Yates handled the subject matter of your short fiction in "Revolutionary Road" an excellent book that maybe you've already read...?

Your message in a bottle is great! :D

Michael Serafin-St. John said...

I love and envy your use of photos to continuously illustrate the tale... like a comic book but more imaginative. Brilliant!

Michael Serafin-St. John said...

I like the message in the bottle chain letter idea, but I'm afraid I get too few visitors. I'd surely be bound in the dungeon for a thousand years! But here is my message for what it's worth: it would say "Robinson Crusoe: Phone Home!"

Vixen of said...

Great fiction today! I love you bottle message too.

Akelamalu said...

Isn't it just Bee!

I haven't read Revolutionary Road Teach but I'll look into it now you've mentioned it. Thanks for dropping by, glad you liked my message.

Robinson Crusoe:Phone Home - I love it imperfectnerd and thanks for your lovely comments re my 55. :)

bundle-o-contradictions said...

Bravo! :) Thanks for stoppin' by.

Carver said...

I had to laugh at the story. I had my daughter in a birthing room at a hospital and the nurse midwife seemed more concerned with my husband than me. Seriously, several times she asked if he was ok and totally ignored me. I think I may have been a wee bit expressive during natural childbirth. I love your message in the bottle. I have this image of it bobbing beside a whale in the ocean, and the whale singing thank you.

Unknown said...


Thank you for your kind words as I try to regain my health from these maladies that have me down.

Linda said...

I had a feeling that childbirth was involved in that bit of Flash Fiction!

Very nice job on the bottle!

Napaboaniya.Elaine Ling said...

Thanks for swinging by my message in a bottle. I like your Save a Whale project :)

Btw, I love the song by Mike and The Mechanics too...
"Its too late when we die" :(

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Excellent again, Akelamalu! And your message in a bottle is the first one I've seen with the text fitted into the bottle.

Little Wing said...

GREAT 55 flash Akelamalu!
And the message rocked!!!!
My 55 is up.

Flowerpot said...

way beyond my technical skills AK!

Queenie said...

So pleased I had a section! Speak soon.

Elaine Denning said...

Great 55...again!

What a lovely message. I'll have to think of one. Have a great weekend :)

buffalodick said...

I admit to feeling like a kind of a jerk that day.... but my wife was so happy to be a Mom...

Akelamalu said...

Cheers Bundle-o-contradictions and thanks for dropping by.

Mmmm the nurses seemed more concerned with MWM too when I was giving birth Carver - why is that I wonder??? Thanks for dropping by glad you enjoyed your visit. :)

I'm thinking of you Nick x

Thanks Linda xx

Napaboaniya welcome and thankyou for your kind words. Glad you enjoyed the music.

Mimi said 'message in a bottle' Julia and I always obey instructions to the letter! ;) Glad you liked the 55.

Thanks Little Wing, on both counts. I'll be over shortly hon. x

You sure Flowerpot? x

You can guess what you missed Queenie xx

Let me know if you do the message Miss U so I can come take a look. Glad you liked the 55 - I bet you'd be brill at them!

Oh yes it's great when it's all over Buff, it's just while it's happening that we hate you! ;)

Dianne said...

really liked this one! it was like one-two-BAM - so true.

and I know the whales thank you ;)

CG said...

Great story; you are so good at this!

myrtle beached whale said...

I knew where this was going and enjoyed it til the end.

Pam said...

haha! loved the 55! i just did a post about childbirth btw

Akelamalu said...

Glad you enjoyed it Dianne :)

And you're very kind CG x

So glad you enjoyed it Myrtle, thanks for stopping by.

Ah great minds think alike Ciara! xx

Mona said...

LOL! yes they will never do it, if only for one year God would reverse things somehow & let the men have babies!

Great 55 Akelamalu

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Tag! You're it!

Unknown said...

Great 55 Akela.I like your message in a bottle too.

Mimi Lenox said...

I love the message bottle. One of a kind!

Your Flash Fiction gets me everytime....great work.

Toadee said...

I am the father of 4 and it didn't hurt a bit lol
*ducks and runs*

S said...

James Goodman did a childbirth 55 as well.
Have a good weekend!

G-Man said...

very nice 55 my dear!!
Thank You so much for always participating beautifully...You Rock!!

Ron said...

Awesome Flash Akelamau!!!!

And GOD FORBID if men actually had to HAVE the baby!?@?#


BRAVO to all you wonderful ladies out there!!!!

Great message in a bottle too!

Enjoy your weekend, my dear friend!

just me said...

Nice bottle and I loved the photos in your story. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

Robin said...

hi akelamalu! thanks for dropping by my blog earlier and i really did love the story about kit! you have a very interesting blog, i've just spent some time perusing it - it's strange, but i just had a conversation two days ago about reiki and then i saw your link to your post & read it. coincidence? maybe not!

Lo Kelween said...

ehm...i don't know how the message in a bottle not going to that meme....hehe :) love the 55 flash fiction's pictures!

Smalltown RN said...

OH that is very are an author in the making....and I like your message in a bottle....very good...happy Saturday to you...

Akelamalu said...

You are so right Mona! Glad you liked the 55.

I'll take a look later Julia.

Cheers Pauline x

Thanks Mimi xx

Watch out Toadee you're on thin ice! ;)

What a coincidence S - i'll take a look!

My pleasure g-man :)

You always know just the right thing to say Ron xx

Nice to hear you enjoyed your visit coffee counter, thanks for stopping by.

Thanks Robin - Reiki is never a coincidence! ;)

Oh go on Elween have a go, it's easy honestly!

Happy Saturday to you too RN, glad you liked!

Casdok said...

Love the meme! I will have a think on that one!!

Odat said...

Wonderful 55...of course I thought it was going the way of abuse, not having a baby...great twist!
(I have to get back into my 55's!)

Love, love, love the message!!!


katie eggeman said...

Great 55, I keep meaning to try it but I have had trouble getting my thoughts together then I read yours and say, thats great. I will be content just reading yours.

the mother of this lot said...

Yeah, they all say that, don't they?
'I'll never put you through this again...' Five kids later...!

Akelamalu said...

Go on Casdok have a go!

I do love my twists Odat, glad you enjoyed the 55 and the meme.

Oh you could so do it Bankerchick and once you've written one you'll be hooked - I know! ;)

It's lucky we forget as quickly as they do eh Mother of this lot! Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment I hope you'll call in again :)

Jo Beaufoix said...

Ahhh, I guessed it was a baby. Brings back so many memories....

And I really like the meme. I will do it, if it's not too late. :D

Akelamalu said...

I think anyone who's had a baby would have guessed Jo! Not too late to do the meme - thanks honey, you may have saved me from the dungeon! :)

Anonymous said...

Painful, to be sure. But I never felt any sense of blame toward my husband - it all seemed pretty amazing at the time.

Travis Cody said...

Nice twist on the 55! And I love the message in your bottle too!

lettuce said...

hee hee

Akelamalu said...

The 'it's your fault' look doesn't last long Citizen before the wonder takes over!

Thanks Trav :)

Nice to know I raised a 'titteer' Lettie x

Mon said...

Very cool, thanks for stopping by my blog!

Linda said...

Wonderful 55! This is the first time I've seen this.

I loved your message in a bottle!

Peg said...

Thank you for your lovely commnent on my MIAB. I stopped back to your blog, and am so glad that I did!

Best regards!


Trinity said...

thanks for dropping by... yeah I agree with the whale!!

Gattina said...

Thanks for your comment on my bottle ! Yes, I will try to save a whale maybe I should excercise a little before, lol !

Heart of Rachel said...

That's a great message on your bottle. Everyone should really take time to protect the environment.

Akelamalu said...

Thanks for the return visit old crone :)

Welcome Linda, glad you enjoyed your visit. :)

I'm glad you dropped by askalesbian :)

That's 2 saved then Trinity, thanks for stopping by. :)

Hi Gattina thanks for calling in.

So glad you liked it Rachel x

Liz said...

It's a lovely message, and it fits in the bottle ;) Thanks for dropping by and your comment.


A Simple Life

~ej said...

the message in the bottle is SO cool...i will do it but not today....i'll try to remember to email you when i do tho ;)

Akelamalu said...

Thanks for dropping by Liza, glad you liked the message.

I look forward to seeing your message in a bottle Elena x

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