103 Extracted Words – The Tease

October 2021



I write short fiction, flash fiction, essays and novels. This month’s Tease is from a work in progress.

Why ask why? Really. Outside of scientific inquiry, what good is the word?

You hear it at gas stations, why is gas twenty cents higher than last week? You here it at restaurants, why are you out of the halibut? You here it at the grocery store, why are you out of toilet paper? As if the wait staff or checkout clerk has any idea what the actual combination of geo-political and socioeconomic events are that led to your dismay.

And the truth is, if they did happen to know exactly what the answer was, you wouldn’t believe them anyway.

Why ask why?


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