Random word of the day: Nursery
You know those days when that writing spark just has a really hard time going off? I had those, the past couple of days, but I’ve definitely had a lot worse reasons for it. Every year I spend the Christmas days with the family at my grandparents’ place. And when you’re sitting there, listening, talking, eating all sorts of delicious things, well, there’s just so little opportunity to do something else. Mind you, I wouldn’t change those happy moments together with my loved ones for anything. The writing just had to wait for a bit. But it came. Eventually, it came.
On the first day of Christmas, when I was supposed to write the upcoming little story, I had gotten up late, and for the reasons mentioned above, I had very little opportunity to actually write. Adding to that I had a very hard time thinking up something to write around this day’s word. Eventually I started writing it late in the evening, tried to continue it the day after and finally finished it today; a little piece loosely based on my thought process leading up to and during the writing of this story.
I was actually wondering whether I still wanted to continue it today, but, I just couldn’t do that to Rea; a character who appeared here in a very short story a few days ago, but who has really quickly started to grow on me. And in the end I’m glad I finished it. Oh, as for using the random word of the day? Some might call it cheating, but I call it combining an out-of-the-box look with a healthy love for silly puns. Enjoy! ^_^
“Good evening! And how are we feeling today?”
As usual Rea entered the room with such a cheerful disposition that no one, not even the grumpiest, could help taking in some of that cheer feel just a little better. The nurse usually had that effect on people, almost emanating some sort of aura of happiness and positivity, but not in that overly sugary sweet kind of way. It was just, nice. Thankfully, I was no exception. The lack of inspiration and productivity that day had caused me growing visible frustration. With my writing block on my lap and pen in my hand I had been sitting in my bed for hours on end, but when outside the sun had nearly sunk below the horizon, hardly a single drop of ink had touched the paper. But despite all that, Rea’s greeting did manage to make me crack a smile as I looked up.
“Alright, I guess,” I replied, shrugging.
“Really?” With crossed arms Rea looked at me with played suspicion and sat down in the chair at the side of to my bed. “You look pretty worn out to me.” The nurse looked at the paper on my lap, then nodded. “Ah, so that’s it. Nothing coming, huh?”
I laughed and nodded. “I, just can’t seem to think of, well, anything.” I let out a frustrated sigh. “No way I’ll be making my deadline this way.”
“Working even from the hospital bed? Wow! Impressive… Most impressive.” Rea put up a deep booming voice for the last line and grinned. “But clearly,” the nurse’s head cocked slightly to the side. “This is not working.”
“So… What would, then?” ” I looked to the side, waiting for Rea to continue.
“Well… There’s this little thing I was taught when I was little…” Rea mused, standing up, and all of a sudden took the pen and paper and put it on the little table next to the bed. “Now, listen carefully…” The nurse smiled. “Get some rest.”
That, was not quite the solution was I was expecting to hear, but the more I thought of it, the more sense it made… I hadn’t noticed how tired I actually was until the mention of rest. My head, my eyelids; everything just felt so heavy. No wonder nothing was coming to me… With a nod I looked up at Rea. “That,” a yawn interrupted my words for a bit. “That doesn’t seem like a bad idea.” I said.
“Not bad at all, hmm?” The nurse agreed, lowering the bed and pulling the blankets over me. “You’ll thank me when you wake up.” Rea laughed, once more smiled that big kind smile and quickly raised a finger, adding, “Oh, and if you run into the Dream King, say hi from me.”
Feeling more and more drowsy with every passing moment, I just nodded in reply, and before Rea had even turned around to leave the room, my eyes were already firmly shut and I let myself slip away.