Plinky.com asked me to write a 100-word story using these words: envy, manatees and Texas.
Texas rolled before us like a cloud spreading across the sky; this road, this long, long road. I glanced across at her, feeling that familiar envy.
"Is that a vest?" I asked.
"Nah, man… A Tee."
"Oh…" I stared at Texas and bit down my anger, "that's nice. Is that a dolphin?"
"Huh? How could you think it's a dolphin, dipshit?"
"I don't know, you always seem to… to… Well, you get that stuff… the environment…"
"It's a manatee. A manatee."
She stared at Texas. I stared at Texas.
In this dry land, the water of the everglades seemed a world away.