Life in Further Decline

Six Sentence Story word prompt – Improvise

He makes a living improvising Elvis. Such talent gives him the means to feed a family of four plus two dogs and a tour van which is also their humble mobile home. Living like gypsies, playing music, singing and dancing by the fire under the milky way, is far from their reality.

Home-schooling and moving with tour schedules around small country towns are 24/7 work with the reward of barely surviving. The real disaster comes when he no longer fits into the Elvis white jumpsuit with his middle aged gut and overall puffiness from sleep deprivation.

What now is the question he pleads with his gods while sewing up the buttons on the well worn jumpsuit.

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Cassa Bassa

🇦🇺🇨🇳 inquisitive, observant, witty, a thinker, was a misfit child 😊

25 thoughts on “Life in Further Decline”

  1. The real disaster comes when he no longer fits into the Elvis white jumpsuit with his middle aged gut and overall puffiness from sleep deprivation.

    (to riff off Frank at the top of the comments).. still, unfortunately for our memories a valid impersonation.

    good Six

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  2. I love the reality of someone who performs and what it does to their family and their body. This is true to many careers that ask too much of you and leave you worse off in the end. Unfortunately, many Americans know this all too well with very little to no work/life balance. This is a well written piece.

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  3. I can’t imagine the effect of the pressure of the uncertainty (built up over the years) of such a life given he is responsible for more than himself. Your last line is a perfect summation of his despair.

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  4. Love your Six. I agree with Keith above – he can reinvent himself now as he chooses.
    But what a life, eh, and all that experience on the road, totally romantic but as often is the way with romance not without the hardship.
    Ford

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