Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Words for Wednesday - May 1st, 2019

Happy May Day everyone. This month's Words for Wednesday are hosted by Elephant's Child. Thank you EC! Please go visit her and either participate or enjoy the many different offerings and creative writing afforded by those who join in.

The week's words are:
Scuttle*
Rapper*
Drop*
Machine*
Flowery*
Button*



And/ or

Cashback"
Tipping*
Pizza*
Energy*
Unsubstantiated*
Clear*


Everything was fun and laughter until Button threw that weird rapper "Flowery Machine" on the I-Pod and then the sounds of police cars and rhyming curses and expletives reverberated through the Bose speakers and rippled off the walls and scuttled any semblance of camaraderie and their informal 5 year college reunion.

"Oh shit! Drop kick Button! Cut the noise!" screamed Maddie, bouncing to her feet and marching over to the stereo system and unplugging it.

"I'll have you know," said Button and not nicely,"Flowery Machine is a very good friend of mine and his music is gaining traction on radio stations, do I make myself clear?" He glared at Maddie and plugged in the system once more.

The friendly energy of friendships renewed in Button's large living room was destroyed, the seven of them mouthing the word "music?" incredulously at each other, regretting they had agreed to let him host this event knowing his weirdness and proclivity for annoying bands in the past.

Over the sound of Flowery Machine, Brent heard the doorbell ring and used the opportunity to turn down the volume as he passed by the sound system.

"Pizza!" he yelled at the others, gathering the cash back Domino coupons they had assembled, collecting their contributions. Maddie jumped up to help in carrying the four pizza boxes from the door.

"You didn't forget tipping I hope?" she said.

"No," said Brent, "Ten bucks for the driver. But seriously, speaking of tipping, if anyone deserves tipping over a....."

And here he stopped as he became aware of the sudden silence. The other five had surrounded Button, waving the plug of the infernal machine in his face.

"Your critique of my good friend, Flowery Machine, is unsubstantiated," Button protested,"You have no taste obviously."

"Listen buddy," said Brent,"I think we can put it to a vote here and now. This is the very last reunion you will host. And the very last time we listen to what you call music."

As Brent passed pizza slices around, Button sat off to the side red-faced and offended.

"We need to get you drunk," said Maddie who had always been the peacemaker,"Drunk and passed out quietly in a corner so we can have a decent catch-up with each other."

And they all laughed and whooped, breaking the tension.

And finally Button joined in, pouring himself another beer.






16 comments:

  1. Love this take. Different tastes in music (and anything else) can be a real divisor. I am glad they found a way around it - and that Button joined in.

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    1. Me too, I've made Buttons in my life, borderline Aspergers or autism spectrum. I am so glad they have him in the gang.

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  2. Oh wow WWW - your mind moves in mysterious ways.
    It's true that memories - good bad and ugly - bubble to the surface when music is played.

    For a lot of people pizza and drink will solve a lot of problems - Button's included.

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    1. Yes, the great oil upon the troubled waters thing.

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  3. A flowery Machine wonder if there picture of one on instagram. Happy story time
    Coffee is on

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    1. I wonder too, I'd rather keep my own imaginary image of the rapper, lol.

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  4. Great story, I felt like I was there with my fingers in my ears to lessen the 'music' noise. Perhaps they should instigate a few rules about allowable music for the get togethers.

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  5. Well told story. I'm glad that Button came over in the end. Apart from his taste in music -- or noise -- he sounds all right.

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    1. Interesting character, great depth of knowledge on all topics, anti-social but they love him.

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  6. Nice story. We are having 2 medium pizzas today for lunch and dinner.

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    1. I adore pizza Gigi! But never pepperoni or pineapple on it.

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  7. You certainly caught the atmosphere there, WWW! Those words would have been quite a challenge - 11 out of 10 for introducing us to "Flowery Machine" - I hate him, and his "music" already! :)

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    1. Me too, angry music, though I don't mind rap-type poetry at readings often full of deep meaning and passion.
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  8. I've always thought pizza brings people together, and I guess in this case, alcohol seems to do the trick.

    I like your use of Button as a name which is perfect.

    have a lovely day.

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