One Good Turn (Jane Doe Six Sentence Stories)

Torry glances at the live satnav on her phone screen, then makes the last turn to approach the house she just bought, sight unseen. She pulls into the overgrown driveway, cringing as branches scrape the sides of her creamy Mercedes, then sits and listens to the engine ticking as it cools, gazing at the house that looks as tired as she feels. It’s a working-class house in a working-class neighborhood; that’s why.

This is a far cry from her fashionable old house in her fashionable old neighborhood, but her divorce lawyer hadn’t managed to keep that for her. Hopefully her real estate broker is right, that she can pick this up for little more than arrearages owed, clean it up, and turn a nice profit. She crosses her fingers and curses divorce court judges again; but if she works fast, in a year, maybe two, she can be where she belongs, in a nice apartment in Queen Anne.

Author photo.

This vignette from The Life and Times of Jane Doe is in response to this week’s Six Sentence Stories cue: “turn.”

Fun Sixes from other writers can be enjoyed here.


Author: Deborah Lee

I like trees, dreaming, magic, books, paper, floating, dreaming, rhinos, rocks, stargazing, wine, dragonflies, trains, and silence to hear the world breathe.

22 thoughts on “One Good Turn (Jane Doe Six Sentence Stories)”

  1. I have started over with nothing twice, and it is difficult, but the emotional reward of rebuilding your own life is worth the effort and the temporary displacement. So is the freedom from what has been left behind. You did a great job at describing the house she had just purchased, I knew it wasn’t much to look at even before I saw your photo!

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  2. I can’t wait to find out how this ties in to where we last left your story. I have some thoughts about it, will see if I am right. I don’t envy her the job of clearing away the mess she has encountered.

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  3. I suspect she is already seeing some possibilities for sprucing up the yard and then tackling the inside of the house room by room. Hopefully there are some friends who can help her out at times. It looks like a big project to handle by oneself, physically and emotionally.

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  4. Big changes in personal lives usually brings big changes in other parts of life….like buying a fixer upper. They are scary, uncertain, transitional times. But the personal learning curve becomes priceless!

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