I Never Like Lemons

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

When life gives you lemons... break out the tequila and salt.

The warm, morning sun coats the room as time ticks lazily by.

Everyone here is either relaxing or working on some part of their body that needs strengthening. The trainers are nice and easygoing as they teach their clients new techniques and the yoga instructor draws out every word softly and quietly to create a pseudo calm environment. There is a small waterfall fountain next to a mural of a peaceful body of water resting underneath a sunset that would make Thomas Kinkade proud. In the back corner with the rest of the yoga participants quietly breathing away their troubles you can hear the faint melody of The Offspring’s, you’re gonna go far kid.

Every time the instructor says another word I slowly breathe in and out…. every unspoken swear word I can think of. ‘What part of my personal survey indicated that I would like yoga as a way to relax?’ I say to myself trying again to think of ways to get out of another class. ‘It’s the last one so just get it over with.’ Al, Allison as her parents called her when she was in trouble, sat there with the other cancer patients doing relaxing stretches and only half listening to the instructor’s guided imagery story; something about a snow covered cabin. She didn’t like the cold; she loved the snow but just couldn’t handle the cold like she use to. This is thanks to her new friend and live in roommate; cancer. Her surgery was tomorrow, the big one, but that did mean these slow death yoga classes would end so apparently every cloud does have a silver lining.

Although it was a fitness room for hospital patients it actually was somewhat welcoming. There aren’t any big machines or hospital beds just exercise equipment and massage tables. A massage sounds great right now but of course I get the cancer that hurts when when someone touches me too hard. “Stupid bone cancer.” I say under my breath as the yoga instructor goes into another location. Now we are at a beach. I knew we would get there eventually. “You say something?” Jeff asks. He is the only, and I mean only, person I talk to here. Not to be self-centered but I do have my own cancer to worry about and I don’t really want others to pile on theirs. Jeff doesn’t talk about his side effects though. Maybe because he doesn’t want to talk about it or he knows people have their own problems or whatever the reason, he does not emit self-pity… I like that.

“Stupid cancer.” I say just loud enough for him to hear. Apparently there is no sickness allowed at the beach or the cabin or wherever we are now.

“Stupid cancer.” He smiles and raises a pretend glass in salute and I do the same.


Getting up from my spot on the floor after an hour is harder than it seems when you are sick. Sick, being an understatement. I walk over to the corner that has the colorful stretchy rope things and grab one to begin my exercises. This part I actually like doing, moving in a way that doesn’t cause more pain and actually helps calm my nerves. I skip to the next song on my ‘stick it to the man’ playlist as I call it, “Eye of the Tiger” is always appropriate when you want to conquer something. Although sometimes playing it around here has the opposite effect and reminds me what I won’t be able to do anymore. Plus it is kind of tired and used in movies and books too much. Next song, “Cherry Bomb” much better.

Setting up to do arm stretches I see the door leading outside open and a man walk through. Man is the only descriptive word that is coming to my mind right now because this man is so attractive it almost seems unnecessary. I would say plastic surgery but I want to be hopeful. Blackish brown short cut hair, blue eyes, medium skin color, and stubble that doesn’t look like he has a hangover or a slob. Yep, my every turn on. I haven’t even looked below his neck… bingo; muscles that dare you not to be impressed. And there goes my focus, out the door followed closely by my dignity as I realize I am staring because he is also staring and smiling back. Smirking is more like it, probably because he is used to girls ogling and his male “I’m invincible” ego soars like an eagle on weed. I wasn’t ogling by the way just staring, like a creep. Remembering that these unnatural good looks often come with a personality out of the dark ages I find my focus and listen to my music which oddly sounds very different now. Figures.

Submitted: May 27, 2015

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Adya Dutta

Good work. It was engaging and had a great flow. Applaudable presentation. You are going to continue it, right? Love

Wed, May 27th, 2015 7:15pm


Thank you!

Tue, July 28th, 2015 10:07am

Jeremy Walker

Just to let you know if you want to reply to a comment you can go to your page, click on comments, and then click on view. Anyways. Peace! ;)

Wed, May 27th, 2015 9:30pm


Thanks for the tip ;) I will figure this site out sooner or later!

Wed, May 27th, 2015 7:35pm


Evelyn Mason:

Interesting, thoughtful, intelligent, oddly "stream of consciousness"(for such a serious theme), well written and presented. Good writing.

Gave it an "I Like It" vote. As with your other posting. Both well deserved.

Was wondering , at first, why you decided to give the same title to both postings. Then, I thought, this must be the presentation of your first two chapters. If I am right about this, then, I recommend reposting using the Booksie "novel" option. This will enable the posting of multiple chapters (up to 150) within the same posting. As it will hold forth more appeal to readers, this will get your posting more reads and comments. Hope this helps.

If you apply to become a fan, I'll gladly add you.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Fri, May 29th, 2015 12:08pm


Thank you so much for reading my stories and I really appreciate your comments. Yes, I will be adding my stories in a novel as soon as I can come up with a title that I like. Figures I would have writer’s block on a title! Thanks again for reading, I am glad you enjoyed it!

Fri, May 29th, 2015 9:15am

Mike Stevens

Very well written, and describes a forced experience quite well. Welcome!

Fri, May 29th, 2015 6:40pm


Thanks, and thanks for the Welcome!

Fri, May 29th, 2015 12:03pm


This was a very easy, enjoyable read. I like how you've written about a cancer patient but in a way that isn't trying to force emotion, if that makes sense? I feel sorry for her, sure, because the way she talks sounds like she's trying to stay strong for her own sanity really, but her sadness isn't stressed too much. I got a bit confused when you changed from first person to third person in the second paragraph. Was that a mistake or intentional? Also, is this a novel or a selection of short stories?

Fri, May 29th, 2015 7:02pm


Yes, that makes sense. That is quite impressive you could guess the character that well; hopefully that means I am doing a good job ;) Yes, the switch was intentional. I tried to make it flow as best as I could, the first paragraph was meant to set the stage as unpredicted and to get the readers attention that this will be a different kind of story. I am very thankful for your input. I will be listing it as a novel… when I think of a title I want to stick with.
Thank you again!

Fri, May 29th, 2015 12:24pm


I can't do this meditation thing either in a group. You're better off writing. It reads easy. You don't always need flashing lights and car chases to captivate readers.

Sat, May 30th, 2015 3:50pm


Thank you so much! I am glad you liked it.

Sat, May 30th, 2015 11:15am


I feel for her. This was a good, emotional piece, Evelyn. Nice work :)

Thu, June 4th, 2015 12:50am


Thank you so much for reading and for your thoughts!

Wed, June 3rd, 2015 6:47pm


Nice Work! Really enjoyed reading! You've a powerful style of writing. Best wishes!

Thu, June 4th, 2015 8:50pm


Thank you so much!

Thu, June 4th, 2015 2:54pm


Oh dear, I don't want to seem like a picky bitch :(, but (just my opinion) I kind of think you overused the word 'cancer' in the first part of the story. I know I know I know, it's such a small and stupid thing to point out, and it's nothing even close to a serious problem, but for me it was like you reminded us about the narrator having cancer every few sentences. Anyways, (sense I really hate being negative). I did however enjoy the story :). It was easy to read and I liked the humorous parts! What I liked about it the most was that normally when I read a story involving terminally ill people, it's all serious and sad, but this one is funny and has a non depressing mood to it. Great job and sorry I'm so late getting to this! ~Poetic

Tue, June 9th, 2015 4:56am


You are so sweet! But don’t worry; you are not the first to mention the repeated uses of ‘cancer’. I have made those and some other minor changes and put them in my novel series. And please don’t think you are being too picky about anything, I want all levels or criticism. I am so glad you liked it though! And thanks so much for reading!

Tue, June 9th, 2015 7:10am

Bron P Rice

This is the start of something great! I already like the main character because she does not believe in self-pity. She seems to be strong and brave, which makes for a very good main character. I also really enjoyed the way you described the environment, it seems so peaceful, other than the fact that it is in a hospital. Keep up the great work!

Fri, June 12th, 2015 3:16am


Thank you so much!!! At first when I started writing this I didn't think it would be a good story because it kind of seem overdone but I am glad to hear otherwise!!! Glad you liked the descriptions too. I hope they weren't too much.

Fri, June 12th, 2015 11:46am


I loved this. It gave strong visual imagery and I personally thought it had a good theme which was explained well. I would also like to thank you for the warm welcome I got when I first started :) I hope to read more of your work in the near future.

Fri, July 31st, 2015 3:22pm


Thank you so much for the comment. I am glad you thought it was well written and you are welcome for the Welcome ;) and if you really want to read more then you are in luck because there are six more chapters in my novel!!! Thanks again for reading and commenting!

Fri, July 31st, 2015 11:20am

Keke Serene

This was a nice, easy spin on a usually serious topic. I enjoyed our MCs light attitude and vivid descriptions. Keep up the good work, I can't wait for you to continue this!

Mon, September 21st, 2015 12:33am

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