Jolt, Ribbon and Zeal

or: the rules of cohabitation

Ivan was Jolt, Diana was Ribbon, and Henrietta was Zeal.

Diana was the ribbon that tied the other two when Jolt was jolting the triangle with one of his tempers or sullen moods or when Zeal became overly zealous in one of her several zeals, which included healthy fat-free cooking, bicycle riding in preference to car riding,  the right esoteric beliefs or railing about Jolt’s professional activity in molecular engineering and Ribbon’s work for capitalist enslavers.

The ribbon – easy-going Ribbon the part-time bank clerk – was stretched to the limit at times, or given tremendous slack – to the extent that Jolt and Zeal ignored her. Then she felt superfluous and depressed because her mitigating and gluing role was denied her.

But usually it took only hours until she was needed again as complaint post or confidante by Jolt or Zeal.

The sleeping and related arrangements were a source of trouble.

They were open-minded and non-jealous, all three of them, and had vowed to be right at the start. They were convinced that sharing the needs of the body and those of love was not only possible but simply a part of the beginning of the new age.

But still, whether she wanted to admit it or not, it pained Ribbon to meet Jolt and Zeal in the kitchen in the early morning, having buttered toast and Earl Grey in happy unison in pyjamas or less.

Just like Zeal was miffed when she came home from work at the Round the Corner Alternative Food Store in the evening to see Jolt and Ribbon in front of the boob tube, cheeks flushed and eyes animated, holding glasses of Bordeaux, the kitchen showing evidence of a preceding non-fat-free wok dinner.

It did not help to be casually waved at by the two smoochers and being told that some was left over.

How was Ribbon’s confirmed pregnancy going to affect the three of them? Would Zeal even things out in spite of her delicate health?

Soon to be continued.

– James Steerforth ( © 2010 )

Constructed around Jolt, Ribbon and Zeal from 3WW.

About James Steerforth

I am an author of poetry and fiction, translator and painter who loves to have fun with borrowed feathers.
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2 Responses to Jolt, Ribbon and Zeal

  1. Dee says:

    this was a very interesting use of the prompts! I’ll be waiting for the “More” 🙂

  2. ThomG says:

    Creative way to weave the words. Nice stuff.

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