The Curtain

The reasons why we do things are not linear, are they? For example, I keep my thermostat set pretty low in the winter to save money. My windows are drafty and need to be replaced. I can’t afford to replace them. Sitting on the couch by the window is a chilly affair. So that’s why I’m buying the curtains – they are thick and should keep out  a bit of the cold. It’s not about looks, which would seem like a reason. No, it’s about shivering on the couch.

Please leave your first 50 words on the topic “the curtain.”


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

2 thoughts on “The Curtain”

  1. Dark,thick,brown curtains,my hubby’s favourite. For various reasons.
    Yellow stains from tiny fingers that have eaten curry, are no longer visible.
    The guy who comes to sweep the backyard , in the evening, can no longer peer into the
    The wintry night wind that howls and whistles outside , stays outside.
    It shuts off the harsh summer noontime sun.
    So on and so forth.

  2. It was Friday, and it had become her favorite day of the week for she’d get to see him. For a minute she debated, as had been the case in the past, whether to look from her upstairs bedroom window or refrain from it.

    She stood in front of the window, but this time she was not hiding behind the curtain, as she was prone to do. She had parted it, and there she stood—watching him… She now realized her attraction for him had grown since their first meeting.

    The sun’s glare was somewhat blinding, but she noticed its rays creating a resplendent aura around him. It seemed to accentuate all his upper arm muscles flexing underneath his muscle shirt as he pushed the mower along the grass. This had always been a good part of the aphrodisiac for her. He stopped for a moment, looked around, and turned off the mower. He had a puzzled expression on his face—as if aware of someone’s presence…

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