This is the Last Time

that I give that gypsy in the glass box my quarters.
She sputtered out this disheartening fortune today:

Sometimes the object of the journey is not the end, but the journey itself.
Life will be happy, until the end when you’ll pee yourself a lot.
The end is near…and it is all your fault.

I breathe heavily, hands in pockets, fingers feeling for more quarters.
This addiction to fortune has caused dirty laundry to pile up
in the corners of my house – laundromats take a lot of quarters.
Just one more time.

Fortune not found: Abort, retry, ignore?

I kick the machine and hurt my big toe.

You will die alone and poorly dressed.


This is a combo of two prompts: one at and writer’s digest’s April PAD day 13 challenge.


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  1. NaPoWriMo – Day 13 -“Let Your Passions Take Your Breath Away” by David Ellis | toofulltowrite (I've started so I'll finish)

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