Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – Her Games Shows

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The sound of the portable television, blaring game show pinging sounds was exasperating.

I’d see her on the patio smoking her cigarettes and bidding on the fictitious items on the screen. 

 I’d seen her on the patio, smoking her cigarettes and bidding on the prized items on the screen. 

I glance over as I prune my gardenia. “Do you like game shows, Dina?”

“I enjoy them so much I subscribed to the game show channel,” she says.

“The shows are all repeats, right?”

“Sure, they are. I always forget the results. Damn dementia.”

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They found Dina murdered in her recliner. 

2020©Isadora DeLaVega

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Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 100 words

Photo Prompt©Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 

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Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of whom I am no matter what venue I choose to express it.

41 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Her Games Shows

  1. WHOA! Dina should have picked a better neighbor to live next to. What insanity takes over when the um-balanced people decide to change everything they don’t like. Scary story and I didn’t see this coming. GREAT!

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  2. Maybe you can jack up some music or something to drown out the dings? I got a chuckle out of her watching reruns of the game shows but they seem new because she can’t remember them. Game Show Groundhog Day! 🙂

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  3. Oy, maybe a little too far but I certainly understand the annoyance. It’s true … since the lockdown here I’ve realized I have a whole lot of neighbors in my apartment building and they are soo freaking loud!! 🙂

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    • For some reason, people are trying to annoy others during this time of stress.
      I don’t think owning your own home in a community gives you carte blanche to
      be as loud or as disrespectful of the spaces of others – just because.
      Unfortunately, we can’t choose our neighbors. They will somehow make their way
      to the peaceful world others enjoy and disrupt it.
      Thank you Brenda for reading and commenting. Have a safe and peaceful weekend …
      Isadora 😎

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  4. OY! And the truth is, that jokes aside, elder abuse is real, and the risk is higher for those who have dementia to be abused by those who care for them or who have access to them … Poor gal.

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    • YEP … elder abuse is rampant in Florida. When I had my back surgery several years ago the secretary collecting medical info asked me if I was being abused at any time before hospitalization. I found the question odd and asked, “Why?” What I surprise when she told me. I can see it happening often.
      Aside from that, it was a little covid cabin fever rant on my part. All is fiction with a little tongue-in-cheek humor for anyone who needed it.
      Thanks for visiting and commenting.
      Have a safe weekend … Isadora 😎

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      • Alas, abuse of the vulnerable – children, the elderly, the disabled, the infirm, the helpless – is rampant. While most people would not abuse another, there are all too many who would (any number is too much, and when one considers there are over a million VERIFIED cases of child maltreatment ANNUALLY in the US alone, and uncounted numbers of elder maltreatment … we realize that this is a long more than a few …).
        I’m glad you were asked about maltreatment – it is one of the only ways to find out, often enough, because people may not bring it up unless asked directly. Same with domestic violence and sexual abuse. I’m glad she asked.
        Have a safe weekend, yourself!
        Na’ama (a fellow spine surgery person… ;))

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        • Sadly, in the past, I heard many, many stories from my hubby about abuse of all types.
          I wrote a story about one of the incidents when he was a policeman. I dare say I don’t like
          to write about the atrocities because it is very wearing on me emotionally. I’ve had daughters abused too.
          There’s a list that can go on and on about abuse. I wonder if people will someday respect all and end the violence.
          You must work with these types of cases. Bless your heart ….
          Isadora 😎
          (hope your surgery was a success … mine was)

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  5. Neighbours can be very stressful things.

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    • I think with people staying at home we’re aware of them more. I was never bothered before by the chaos of it all. That’s why I believe in – high fences make good neighbors – except my high fence doesn’t screen out high volume from people whose hearing is missing.
      Just a cabin fever venting. Thank for commenting. Stay safe and enjoy your weekend. Isadora 😍😎

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  6. Diabolically funny, Iz!!! I not only could see all of that, I also KNOW a lot of people like that. Maybe not personally, but I get the point. I loved the way you semi-repeated that line because it got the annoyance factor across — like neighbors seeing this each day and just all ready to do what they probably did eventually. Buen trabajo! Five out of five QVC’s.

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    • OH WOW … gracias, mi amigo. I’m glad you enjoyed the repeat.
      A blunder on my part. I didn’t proofread the final draft. I relied on Grammarly.
      GGrrr … for them. But, since you thought it had a funny attached to it, I’ll leave it as is.
      I wish I could merit that five out of five … I’ll redeem myself on the next one. LOLOL
      Can I blame it on brain freeze from cabin fever? NAH … I’ll just beat myself up so I don’t do it again.
      Yo aprecio su visita y comento … Be safe … Be happy
      Have a special wekend ..
      Iz 😍 😎

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      • Muchísimas gracias. I never used Grammarly before, but I figured it knew a lot of tricks I would use. Blame it on the brain freeze, too.

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        • My desire to add commas to everything, everywhere is the reason I started to use it.
          My computer takes over the spell check – not always the correct spelling – so I thought
          Grammarly could help with that too. I guess proofreading is still on me. LOLOL
          Hasta la proxima …. gracias por su visita.😎

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  7. At least she’ll never run out of new things to watch.

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  8. Bit of an unexpected twist at the end there, Isadora. Poor Dina. Good read!

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  9. I think the neighbour took thins a tad too far to the extreme… Maybe just have her lower her volume? No? I guess not, then…

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  10. I’m not sure if the repeat line was intentional, but I really liked it. Dina may have her memory problems, but so does the narrator

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    • LOLOL … grammarly never picked that up, Neil. I guess that’s what I guet for having faith in someone else. I’m glad you liked it. I think I’ll keep it because you do. The narrator has brain freeze from cabin fever. LOLOL
      Thanks for always keeping it real. I really appreciate your critiques. They’re genuine.
      Have a safe weekend … Isadora 😍😎

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  11. I understand the murder motive completely, I abhor game shows….. 🖤

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    • HA HA I really can see no good reason to watch them. It’s not like the viewer is going to receive the prize too. It’s a bit annoying to hear it repeatedly.
      Ironically, before covid I never heard my neighbors. It must be my lack of outings.
      Have a super safe weekend, Ivor. Have a virtual beverage of peace … Isadora 😍😎

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  12. i guess it’s one positive of dementia. everything looks fresh and new. 🙂

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  13. Querida Isadora,

    I guess the neighbor’d had enough of Dina. That’s taking irritation to a new level. Bien escrita.

    Shalom y abrazos,

    Rochelle

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    • Querida Rochelle,
      Some things can get on a persons last nerve.
      Does isolation ring a bell? LOLOL
      Ironically, I had never heard my neighbors …. until covid!!!
      Although a bit extreme for the situation, I went in that direction for a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor. No jail time for me … 😳🤪
      Stay safe … buen fin de semana.
      Isadora 😎

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