Trifecta Challenge: Idle!


The word prompt for this week’s Trifecta Challenge is:

1: lacking worth or basis : vain <idle chatter> <idle pleasure>
2: not occupied or employed: as
a : having no employment : inactive <idle workers>
b : not turned to normal or appropriate use
c : not scheduled to compete <the team will be idle tomorrow>
3: a : shiftless, lazy

The rules:

Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.

You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.

The word itself needs to be included in your response.

You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.

Only one entry per writer.

Trifecta is open to everyone!!  Please join us.

Here is my contribution:

Comfortably Numb!

(222 words)

If there’s anything I know about Elizabeth it’s her intensity to love and insatiable need to be loved. “My heart wants what it wants, what to do?” she says repetitively. But it’s when the heart craves a perfect harmony, a symphony of similar chords strumming the strings of the guitar, is when you are thrown a curveball. Her world crumbled when she sighted Darcy flippantly kissing another girl.


Elizabeth and Darcy met for the first time when she walked into his clinic with her idle dog in tow for a checkup. They connected instantly but weren’t ready to commit just yet. He was quite a charmer and swept her off her feet with his mannerisms in no time. With each passing day she felt a growing tingling feeling in his presence that would make her go numb. She started demanding more from their relationship and his reluctance led to their falling out. He was a free bird with little to no interest in settling down.


I met her in the rehab where she was brought after substance abuse. This is when she told me about him and her eagerness to go back a better person hoping he would’ve changed his mind.

Like I said if there’s anything I know about Elizabeth it’s her intensity to love and insatiable need to be loved.


11 responses »

  1. I like the repetition in the opening and closing – it pulls the story together nicely. I also like Elizabeth, but I’m concerned her motivation for rehab could derail her progress. Doing any kind of self-improvement for someone else is a risky idea.

    • I’m glad you mentioned about the repetition, I was unsure whether it made sense. What you are saying is true but you know sometimes one wants to get better for someone else. I guess it just depends where one’s motivation takes him/her.
      Thanks for reading.

  2. How did I miss this one- a love story at that!Yes,a curve ball-undoing of many a budding relationship…I feel for Elizabeth & hope she finds someone who values her loving heart-this Darcy-the name itself brings the image of a flirtatious & flighty young man to mind-talk of prejudices,lol!I specially loved the first para:-)

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