Never Forget the Soap

“It happened again.”


“The door.”


“The door of the laundry room.”


*Sigh* “It hit me on the way out again.”

“Oh…” “Well…” “It’s just a door.”

“It doesn’t hit me every time.”


“I’m serious!”

“I know! -Look, maybe you’re just jumping to conclusions.”


“Like, you know, that… say, air currents from a different door or whatever sometimes close that one.”

“On me.”


“Never on you.”


“Never on anyone else.”


“And only when I start a load at midnight.”

“Yeah! -wait; why are you starting laundry at -”

“And only when I can also hear whispering…”


Inspired by my own laundry room experiences for Carrot Ranch‘s prompt: someone unremembered.

September 26, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about someone unremembered. Is it a momentary lapse or a loss in time? Play with the tone — make it funny, moving, or eerie. Go where the prompt leads you!

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Photo Credit: Ryoji Hayasaka


©2019 Chelsea Owens

20 thoughts on “Never Forget the Soap

  1. When you have a young family you do chores whenever you can! But forgetting the soap just means you might have wet but not clean laundry! I remember as a child, once I was in bed I even disliked getting up after everyone was asleep to use the loo… I think though after about 30 years in the same place I can go anywhere anytime in my home 😉

    Ghosts can be helpful too 😉 Fun take!

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          1. There are folks who seem to be more tuned into different phenomenon. I think when I was a teen we had a poltergeist – that or like the one comic all the blame falls to Ida Know and Not Me…

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