Cleaning Up

PHOTO PROMPT © Yvette Prior

Monica’s heart sank when she saw the coffee table.  It was strewn with cigarette butts, crumpled up tissues and there was a half-empty bottle of whiskey.  Sarah was drinking and smoking again–two things she’d given up three years ago when she met and fell in love with Ryan.  Their breakup last month was really taking a toll on her especially as he and his estranged wife were back together.

Sarah was passed out on the sofa.  Sighing heavily, Monica got busy clearing and cleaning the coffee table.  How long was she going to clean up after her older sister?

99 Words

This was written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  For more details Here.  To other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit Here.

20 Replies to “Cleaning Up”

    1. Dear Rochelle,

      Yes, you’re right. It’s nice to help our loved ones but there comes a time when they need to take responsibility as well but that’s easier said than done. Thanks 🙂



  1. Younger sister needs to sit down with Older sister and speak plain truth, then tell her there will be no more cleaning up of her messes. Then, the hard part–following up on the established boundary/consequence. Not as easy as it sounds.

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