“Dang it!”
The keys were in the ignition. He saw them through the side window. A locksmith might be available, but it was Sunday and it would be expensive.

“I have some old, saved keys,” his wife said and went inside.
“How childish,” he muttered angrily, “to believe that any house key would fit the car lock.”
He was still trying to think logically when she returned.
“Let’s try this one.”

It was a padlock key, totally different from the car key. Quietly, he grumbled something about intelligence and “women’s irrational thinking.”
The door opened!

He didn’t return her smile.

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Voice-Team (@voice-team)
7 months ago

Laughter is such good medicine! Being able to laugh at yourself is also a hallmark of an exceptional writer and human being. This is a story we can all connect with. Great writing!

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago

Ha, ha, Christer, I bet it was you who left the keys in the car! I can hear the grinding of teeth here. I wonder if he bought his wife a car as an apology?

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
6 months ago

Hello Christer, just calling in on you, to make sure everthing is ok! I know there are troubling times where you live.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago

Christer, this reminded me of when I was blamed for misplacing our car keys years ago, only for my husband to find them in his jeans pocket. The place I told him to look several times! I can picture your protagonist not being impressed with the key actually working!

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago

Poor men, hey? There is a slight possibility that your message might not reach him 🙂 I will never hear the end of it!

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
7 months ago

Hee hee, this is fun Christer; and so absolutely, 100% accurate ? The female of the species rule; we’re always right ?

Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
7 months ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

I think Carrie has said it all. We rest our collective case.  ? 

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
7 months ago

I rest my my case ?

Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
7 months ago

A friend once asked me ‘why do women want to be equal to men when we have always been superior?’ and this came to mind when I read your story Christer  ? . Great story and that title was clickbait if ever there was one!

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi (@katy-bizi)
7 months ago
Reply to  Linda Rock

Your friend must be quite the character, Linda, and you’re right it’s so fitting with this theme.

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Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi (@katy-bizi)
7 months ago
Reply to  Linda Rock

And you’re correct about the title. It’s definitely click-bait, which is a nice change, since most of the stories, including mine too, are declarative, meaning without even reading we know the plot. However, this is so different and unique because the story catches us by surprise. I will definitely try this technique out.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago
Reply to  Linda Rock

You have got it in one Linda, but then, have you, is there a sting in the tale. Crafty Christer, the angler?

Sting in the tale

Last edited 7 months ago by Eric Radcliffe
Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi (@katy-bizi)
7 months ago

I’ve managed to cry in these short stories of 100 words but I’ve not yet to burst into tears of laughter! However, you managed to do that with this little piece, Christer.

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago

Are you saying Katy would make a town crier?

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago

Oo!

Alan Kemister
Alan Kemister (@alan-kemister)
7 months ago

Great story. Tough to write a well-rounded story in 100 words, but you nailed it. And others have noted, the title will draw in the readers. Should be a winner.

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Brigitta Hegyi
Brigitta Hegyi (@brigitta-hegyi)
7 months ago

A really funny story. Reminds me of my mother, when I can’t find something, she helps me and finds it magically.  ? 

Brigitta Hegyi
Brigitta Hegyi (@brigitta-hegyi)
7 months ago

I guess it’s inevitable then.  ?  I think the first man was like “If I have to struggle with this magical creature, you better do it too, I won’t help you”. ? 

Danielle Burke
Danielle Burke (@danielle-burke)
7 months ago

I had to read this as soon as I saw the title. Great use of humor!

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Danielle Burke
Danielle Burke (@danielle-burke)
7 months ago

No, but I did!

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate (@thompson-emate)
7 months ago

This is a nice story. I was drawn by the title. I’ll try that trick too. Indeed a woman complements a man. Should I say in our thinking. A nice write.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago

As I read the title, it makes me intrigued by the content. And I found it very funny, you nailed it for 100 words. It is a well-written piece. Good job, Christer.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago

Yes. I agree. The important thing is, men or women are willing to accept and deal with each other’s differences with deep understanding.

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