Time Frame


“How long are those oil cans going to be in the basement?” Muriel demanded, pointing.  “They’re cluttering up the place.”

Henry’s eyes remained glued to the crossword puzzle he was working on, his brow creased.  “What is a three letter word for present tense time frame?” he asked.

Muriel glared at him.  “Did you even hear a word that I just said?” she demanded.

“I heard you, Dear.  I will move the cans.”



“That’s what you said yesterday and the day before.”

“I’ll move them later.”



“That’s the crossword answer.”

94 Words

I wrote this story for the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields For more details, visit Here.  To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit Here.

Source:  Research Gate


30 Comments Add yours

  1. Ha ha – enjoyed the dialogue. Great take on the photo prompt!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Ha, I can picture this couple 🙂

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    1. I love the banter/dialogue between couples 🙂

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  3. Alice Audrey says:

    No, no! Don’t give him the answer! Then he’ll think he can get away with it.

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  4. Clever. I hope he followed the indirect advice. If not, someone might find himself sleeping in the basement.

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    1. I hope he followed the advice too 🙂

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  5. granonine says:

    This couple is definitely related to my couple in this week’s post 🙂

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    1. I definitely have to check out your couple 🙂

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  6. michael1148humphris says:

    Nicely done, both of them. And of course you.

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  7. Like a sketch from a comedy show – I can almost hear the canned laughter!

    Click to read my FriFic tale!

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  8. Abhijit Ray says:

    Henry doing crossword on the face of more important task of moving oil cans? He certainly is asking for trouble.

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  9. Violet Lentz says:

    Sound so typical of old marrieds.. Nice write.

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    1. Yes, they’re your typical couple. Thanks, Violet 🙂


  10. James McEwan says:

    Could be a lifetime before that crossword is finished, Perhaps a few more cross words to follow.

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  11. Dale says:

    Sounds like a perfect couple!:)

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  12. jillyfunnell says:

    Now that is a clever take on the prompt.

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    1. Thanks, Jilly 🙂 I had fun writing this one.

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  13. 4963andypop says:

    Let the poor guy finish this crossword. The oil cans will be there when hes done.

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  14. A very believable dialogue you have written and managed a clever ending to boot. Well done.

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    1. Thanks, Jo 🙂 I had to come up with a good ending.

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  15. Hmmm, I’ve heard this conversation before. Oh yes, it’s my husband and I only he’s not doing a crossword puzzle but reading the news. At least that’s his excuse when he wants to ignore me. (haha)

    Love your story & the dialogue!!

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    1. Thanks, Brenda 🙂 I’m happy that you can relate.

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