20 Jan

Aloha Everyone,

Below please find my 100 word story for this week’s FridayFictioneers. The photo prompt can be found by following this link I cannot recommend this exercise highly enough (Both the reading and the writing) and cannot thank Madison and her able assistant this week, Susie Lindau, enough for keeping the ball rolling.

If you’ve ever flown to Colorado or connected to other flights through the world’s strangest and most inconvenient airport, you’ll recognize the picture of the graceful PTFE fabric roof of the Denver International Airport. I really am curious as to where all the submissions will lead given the uniqueness of the photo intended to inspire them. Thanks, Susie!

I think this is where you can go to comment and post your link to your 100 word story.

I’ll be going to the east side of the island in the morning to compete in the Big Island Open Disc Golf Championship. I will read everyone’s story and comment, but it’s going to take me some more time than usual. Aloha, Doug




I was in the Red Carpet Club, Concourse B, eating cherries from a condiment tray when I was addressed by a svelte blonde whose jeans and white silk blouse had more complex compound curves than the fabric roof of the terminal building.

“Can you do that all night?” she asked, looking at the napkin where I’d made a neat row of five stems.

I thought briefly about my connecting flight as I swallowed the last fruit and exercised my tongue, teeth and lips to finesse an overhand knot into the stem, which I added to the line before replying.


53 Responses to “Connection”

  1. Carlos Repuesto de la Tabla January 20, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    Why, Doug! Is there something about a fabric roof that you especially like? Twin Peaks’ Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn) was famous for the same unique ability, but even then I thought it was something a woman should find more appealing than a man. Not being much of a flyer, I had no idea where that photo was taken, assuming it was something else, thinking it had a modern cathedral-like quality.
    And, continuing in my ignorance, what in the world is disc golfing? I live in the town that inspired Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, and no one here knows of disc golfing.

    • dmmacilroy January 20, 2012 at 11:46 am #

      Hi Carlos,

      Google disc golf and start reading. Huge, growing sport invented back in 1969 and played by lots and lots of enlightened individuals. Our Island Championship is small but hotly contested. I’m defending my title in the Grandpa Division (Grandmaster Pro).

      I know of Sherilyn Fenn and I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment of her architectural attributes.



  2. Mike January 20, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    A great story Doug.

    I loved that line – “…. svelte blonde whose jeans and white silk blouse had more complex compound curves than the fabric roof of the terminal building.” Such a contrast of images which worked so well.

    To me this piece gave a whole new meaning to ‘tongue tied’.

    • dmmacilroy January 20, 2012 at 11:47 am #

      Hi Mike,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the story. 100 words forces us to leave a lot to the imagination. ‘Tongue tied.’ I like it. Perhaps that should have been the title:)



  3. Lindaura Glamoura January 20, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    Wow – maybe you should try your hand at erotic fiction. Pretty amusing and quite risque for those of us who remember Twin Peaks.
    I think it was done beautifully, just subtle enough and you eased us into it quite nicely.
    Disc Golf indeed!

    • dmmacilroy January 20, 2012 at 11:57 am #

      Hi Lindaura,

      Thanks. Erotic fiction? What’s that?



  4. snagglewordz January 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Kia Ora Doug,

    Love the multiple connections going on in your story and the link to the photo. Very clever. Had a chuckle that he “…thought briefly…” about his connecting flight. Temptation!

    Wishing you the best of luck in defending your Disc Golf title.

    • dmmacilroy January 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

      Thanks Mate!

      For reading Connection and commenting so nicely and for the good wishes regarding my competition over the weekend. I’m looking forward to it. Throwing the disc cures my writer’s cramp. (That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.)



  5. John Hardy Bell January 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Hey Doug,

    I’ve flown through DIA quite a bit, but never had the occasion to visit the Red Carpet Club. Suddenly, I want to!! Nice story, and leaves a TON to the imagination! But that’s the whole point, right?

    You continue to impress, my friend. Good luck today!

    • dmmacilroy January 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      Hi John,

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I knew the pic was DIA and my dad taught me to tie cherry stems into knots sans hands, but I’ve never been to the Red Carpet Club either. Perhaps one day…



  6. susielindau January 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Guys you are supposed to leave your links on my blog today!!!

    • dmmacilroy January 23, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

      Dear Susie,

      I’m sorry if I didn’t post my links in the right place. I was in such a rush to get ready for the weekend. Only just now back and recovering.



  7. Caerlynn Nash January 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    Excellent. Subtle. Love it!

    • dmmacilroy January 23, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

      Dear Caerlynn,

      Thanks for the nice comment. Subtlety was required, i think, for that subject. Glad you enjoyed it.



  8. susielindau January 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    He is a sexy beast! Hahaha!
    I loved the way you described his tongue tying the knot. I bet he had a wild night~

    • dmmacilroy January 23, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

      Dear Susie,




  9. Parul January 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    Simple and sweet!
    I absolutely loved it.. Very fresh..
    I love your choice of words..!

    • dmmacilroy January 23, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

      Dear Parul,

      Simple and sweet is best, I think. Perhaps that’s why he likes cherries.

      Thanks for your kind comments. See you next Friday.



  10. janmorrill January 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    Why, Doug. You apparently have some undisclosed talents. 🙂 Very well done – just the perfect amount left to our imagination!

    Good luck at the championship. Looking forward to hearing about it!


    • dmmacilroy January 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

      Dear Jan,

      Imagination is a powerful aphrodisiac.

      Thaks for you kind comments and encouragement for the tournament. (I won in my division. Retained the title for another year. Cool.) Might download some pictures and write a post about it.



  11. elmowrites January 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    hi Doug! I think I’m in the minority here (possibly a minority of one, I’m obviously just too sweet and innocent), but I didn’t quite ‘get’ the story until I’d read all the comments. The first paragraph was chock full of description, which was cool, but if you wanted to gain some words to add explanation, that’s where they could come from.
    Still, like I say, maybe I’m just too innocent for this story, becuase once I got it, I thought your description of his reaction was perfect.

    • dmmacilroy January 23, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

      Hi Elmo,

      I hear what you’re saying re explanation space. This piece would have lost it’s way with too much explanation, I think. Plus the 100 word limit really forced my hand in that department. I left everything to the readers imagination and it seems to have worked out. I appreciate your comments of details of any size and shape in my writing. Love the back and forth, the examination of ideas and discussion of mechanics. Thanks for the fine focus.



  12. Craig Towsley January 20, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Morning Doug,

    Not to knock anyone else’s story – but I believe you win the cup for best piece this morning. Loved the alliteration “complex compound curves”

    good luck in the tourney

    • dmmacilroy January 23, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

      Dear Craig,

      You win the cup for best comment:) Thanks. (I won the Tiki Trophy for my age division in the tourney. Cool) See you this coming Friday.



  13. Russell January 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    This story brought back memories of a young lady I used to work with who had the ability to tie those knots. Sultry little story. Well worth rescheduling the connecting flight.

    • dmmacilroy January 23, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

      Ah Russell!

      Did you marry her? If they check their baggage at the door, the knot experts are keepers. See you this coming Friday.



  14. bridgesareforburning January 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    Those compound complex curves will do it every time. I didn’t recognize the air terminal, but it looked like one, and I thought it might be in Wisconsin because the tag said that. But I’m most impressed that you can do “that” all night. You must stem from strong stock.
    Fun story, Sex sells. Good luck creating compound complex curves in your disc golf match!
    Here’s mine: http://bridges are for

    • dmmacilroy January 23, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

      Thanks for the comments, friend. “Stem from strong stock?” Still smiling about that quip here.



  15. Susan Wenzel (@SusanWenzel) January 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    “complex compound curves” Well, at least we know why he was really exercising tongue, teeth and lips. Great work this week…so much left unsaid. Fortunately I can read between the lines. ha!

    • dmmacilroy January 23, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

      Dear Susan,

      Thanks for the comments. i appreciate them a lot. Will you tell me what ships you were on in the Navy and in what capacity?



  16. Siobhan Muir January 20, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    Nicely done! I loved the flirting and the innuendo inherent in the knot-tying. Fun story, Doug. 🙂

    • dmmacilroy January 23, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

      Dear Siobhan,

      No joke, I thought about you and your blog as I wrote this piece, hoping you would appreciate it. Thanks for the kind comments.



  17. eliserae January 20, 2012 at 8:31 pm #


    Thanks for adding new meaning to “layover.” 🙂 I couldn’t tell if this picture was an airport or some sort of museum. I hope to see it someday. Anyway, most of the other stories are moderately creepy so yours was a pleasant surprise. I needed the smile.

    Well played,


    • dmmacilroy January 23, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

      Dear Elise,

      “Layover?” You’re a quipster, too!” This piece brought out a lot of that from readers. I love it.

      Thanks for reading. See you in four days.



  18. writingbothsides January 21, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    Right between the lines: connecting flight? Nice work.

    Here’s mine:

    • dmmacilroy January 23, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

      I’m glad you enjoyed the flight. See you in four days.



  19. LupusAnthropos January 21, 2012 at 1:40 am #

    …and that’s only the stems…

    Here’s the link to my story:

    • dmmacilroy January 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

      The meat of the cherry is a subject for another day, I guess. Thanks for reading. Watch out for pirates and I’ll see you in a few days.



  20. WhitneyCarter January 21, 2012 at 3:32 am #


    Your posts and comments are always thought provoking for me. I’d like to nominate you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Well met.

    • dmmacilroy January 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

      Dear Whitney,

      Thanks for the nomination. I fear I’ll be a disappointment to serious writers and readers of serious blogs, but I’m going to try to fulfill the requirements to deserve the honor. (I’m not sure I even know that many bloggers.) I’d better get cracking.



  21. parul January 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Came back to read it.. Absolutely love it!
    I’m a fan Doug!

    • dmmacilroy January 23, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

      Dear Parul,

      That you returned to read again…..Mmmm. Thank you for that.



  22. Quill Shiv January 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    I guess he abandoned one connecting flight for another. 🙂 What a fun story, Doug! Thank you so much for writing this.

    This is my contribution for the week:

    • dmmacilroy January 23, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

      Hi Quill,

      Thanks for reading. Sorry it took so long to get back to you. Busy weekend at this end.

      See you in a few days.



  23. Robin Hawke January 23, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    Simply stellar, Robin

    • dmmacilroy January 24, 2012 at 12:38 am #

      Thanks Robin,

      See you in a few days!



  24. The Lime January 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    Fantastic. Seriously. Wahhooo. (Obviously I didn’t participate last week, hence my lack of touring the stories and commenting, but I’m glad I made it to yours).

    -The Lime

    • dmmacilroy January 24, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

      Dear Lime,

      Your comment made my day. Thanks for visiting.

      Keeping my eye on you. Stay safe.



  25. Cara Michaels January 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    LOL, Doug. Love this story. Fantastic description with the underlying sexual tease. Great stuff!

    • dmmacilroy January 28, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

      Dear Cara,

      Thank you for visiting here after the fact. I appreciate your stopping by and commenting. (See you next Friday!)



  26. Robin Hawke January 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Reblogged this on DIY Romance.

    • dmmacilroy January 28, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

      Dear Robin,

      Many thanks and cherry stems for re-blogging this little story. Can’t thank you enough, but will try.



  27. rochellewisoff July 13, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    Dear Doug,

    Hmm. A little bowling in the pagoda? I’m not sure I’d have said hello if I’d read it first. Okay…yeah I would have, India Lima Yankee Delta Victor Mike



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