No Matter How Much Jerry Hated His Tattoo, It Was There For Life- Flash Fiction

Jerry's parents warned him about getting a tattoo. He didn't listen, and he lived to regret it.

Jerry, a twenty-one year old medical student who is in his third year of studying physiology. He's wanted a tattoo for a long time, but his parents has warned him repeatedly that he would regret it when he got older. He's sick and tired of his parent's trying to run his life.

It's a sunny day and he's home on a summer break from college, and he's on his way down town to a little tattoo shop on Main St. He knows exactly what he wants, a red heart on his chest with ' The Esculapius Staff ( Caduces ) emblem

He feels a little nervous but tosses it aside as he enters the shop. Ken the tattoo artist approaches and asks him what kind of tattoo he wants? Jerry pulls a picture out of his pocket and tells him that is what he wants tattooed inside a red heart. Soon he is sitting in the chair and Ken is cleansing the area on his chest.

It took longer than he expected, but when he looked down and saw it he thought it was beautiful. It had been painful but bearable.

Jerry paid Ken and stepped out on the street feeling happy and content. He'd walked about two blocks when he felt a movement on his chest. He opened his shirt and saw the snake moving. He screamed and passed out on the pavement. People gathered around him, asking, " What happened? He told them that he had just gotten a tattoo of a snake emblem and it was alive and moving. They looked closely and started to laugh, assuring him, " You're seeing things, your tattoo is beautiful and it is not moving. His face turns beet red and he gets on his feet quickly and runs away from the laughing crowd.

Soon he feels the movement again. He opens his shirt and sees the snake is now curled up and to his complete surprise, the snake speaks. " Hi Jerry. I've been waiting for centuries to move about, and you must know that I'm highly poisonous, one bite and you're dead, so don't think about having me removed. You need not worry, I'll only move when no one else is around. Now, let's go show mom and dad. "


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Siddharth Kapoor 4 months ago

I like the story Ruby.


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Ericdierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

This is a good one. I never have had that tattoo itch. Now I am very glad about that ;-)


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billybuc 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

Yuck! A moving snake on your body? Let me repeat....YUCK!!!!!

Okay, I'm now starting my Sunday with shivers. Good one, my friend.


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Faith Reaper 4 months ago from southern USA

AHHHHH!!! What a horror, a living snake forever imprinted on your chest ...

I would have had a heart attack, as I can't even stand the thought of a snake, no matter what kind of a snake.

Boy, Ruby, this flash was unexpected (which is a sign of a great flash) and you brought the terrifying surprise to a head quite creatively.

I initially had to laugh at your title, for I wrote about my own son, being an artist, poet, etc., and he had written a poem about his tattoos too, and I thought you were going to go along those lines of parents warning about children getting tattoos, but I was so surprised. Maybe if those thinking about getting a tattoo read your flash, they will change their mind real fast.

Another great flash.

Peace and blessings


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Siddsarth. I'm glad you like this story. I feel that I should explain this write. I was reading an article on flash fiction and it mentioned writing out of your comfort zone and it mentioned the word tattoo. Well, my brain took flight, and the one think I am desperately afraid of is snakes, and I've always wanted a rose tattoo but too afraid to get one. The story is surely out of my comfort zone, but I had fun writing it. Thank you for coming by...


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Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Mind blowing! This is too horrific making tattoo lovers shiver. You have very excellent talents in telling stories. My best wishes to you.


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cam8510 4 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Should he be more scared of his mom or the snake? This kid is going to have a very long, miserable life. Good Writing, Ruby. Keep it up. I'm enjoying your stories.


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manatita44 4 months ago from london

Nice one, Ruby. Only you could do these, ha ha. Very funny in a sense. A 'cool' companion to have in times of danger. Excellent work!


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Eric. HaHa, a tattoo is out of the question for sure. Thank you...


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Genna East 4 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Ruby. I could see your experience of the medical field almost immediately with the rod of Asclepius, associated with medicine and health care. The living snake -- and "let's go home and show Mom and Dad." There's some dark humor with this wriggling, writhing emblem, forever emblazoned on his chest. "Be careful what you wish for." :-)


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bill. I know, what a horrible thought. YUCK YUCH YUCK, WHERE DID THIS COME FROM? Flash fiction is taking over my muse and she loves it. Thank you...


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mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Ruby. Well, this is certainly surprising. Your muse has broken loose. And has set free the snakes. Very creative and yes, 'dark humor' for sure. This is sure to entertain all that stop by.


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Surabhi Kaura 4 months ago from Toronto, Canada

There is so much humour in this one, Ruby! Ouch for the snakes. Oopsi doopsi! LOL. My friend had a tattoo on her arm along with her boyfriend's name. They broke up, and, o boy... poor girl, she was so desperate to get rid of that tattoo. Good read. Keep it up, deary :)


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clivewilliams 4 months ago from Nibiru

All he needs to do is tattoo a mongoose and it will eat that snake


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Theresa. This was a far-out flash, and I don't know where it came from. Perhaps reading Frank and Cam's has spurred me on to try the really far-out. Hee. Happy you enjoyed.


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ven. I hope this does not turn you off from getting a tattoo. Some tattoos are very beautiful. Thank you for the nice compliment about my writing...


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annart 4 months ago from SW England

I can't understand why anyone would go through such pain for the sake of an image on the skin; this would put some off, that's certain!

Having said that, my niece has a tattoo of a huge colourful dragon, from just under the nape of her neck down her back, the tail finishing just above the knee on one leg. She was over 30 when she had it done and it's beautiful but still makes me shiver.

Great idea, neatly done!

Ann


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Cam. I'm happy that you're enjoying my stories. Flash fiction is so much fun to write. Thank you...


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Manitita. HaHa, a cool companion indeed. Thanks for the laugh.


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna. I think flash fiction is embedded in my psyche as much as Jerry's snake. lol. Mom and dad will not be thrilled! As always, thanks for coming by to read my nutty piece...


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Mike. I think I surprised myself more than anyone else. Funny how our muse's take us on an unfamiliar journey. So glad to see you. Thank you much.


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Surabhi. I'm glad you found humor in this ditty. I've heard of so many who had their lover's name tattooed on them, then broke up and paid dearly to have it removed. Thank you for coming by...


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Clive, you crack me up with your funny comments, only you would think of a mongoose eating the snake. Maybe Jerry will do that! Hee. Thank you..


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ann. I can't imagine anyone, esp. a girl having a BIG tattoo, but I'm from the old school where a girl was looked down on if she had a tattoo. In my day, the only girls who had them were biker babes. Thanks for reading and commenting...


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DDE 4 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Girls having a tattoo never felt right to me. I like you story!


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annart 4 months ago from SW England

Yes, my parents would've gone spare had I wished to have a tattoo, not that I ever did. How times change!

Ann


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Frank Atanacio 4 months ago from Shelton

I love the idea.. and the ending to this snake tattoo flash.. amazing


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DDE, I'm with you on this. Not that I didn't want one, I did. I saw a lady with a small rose on her ankle and it was beautiful, but I was a chicken, even though she encouraged me to have one. Thanks for coming by....


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Ann, I must tell you about a beautiful young girl who was hired as a nursing aide, it was her first day and my first time to see her. She came up to my desk to ask a question and to my complete disbelief, she had a silver ball on her tongue. I must say that is all I looked at and her beauty faded for me. How she talked is a mystery to me. After we got better acquainted she said that it was a popular think to do. I still felt yucky when it flashed in her mouth. She turned our to be a very caring person and loved her patients.....


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Frank. I love that you loved my idea for this flash. Thank you for the ' amazing ' comment. You and Cam were good teachers!!!!


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marcoujor 4 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oooohhh, this had a Twilight Zone feel to it, dear Ruby - wow, I loved that show...often feeling unnerved and even creepy.

Your writing is compelling, interesting and never predictable - loving the freedom you are showing...more, please! Love you, mar


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cam8510 4 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Ruby, the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge begins Friday at midnight. Are you still planning on participating?I'm trying to get beta readers lined up. Let me know so we can exchange our names we will use in the forums.


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar. Sorry I'm late. Creepy is a good description for this off-the-wall piece. I think my muse worked overtime on this one. Happy you enjoyed. Thank you dear one. Hugs...


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Cam, I don't have anything. I've been trying to come up with something, but my muse took a hike. I haven't even been able to write a poem. That's how it is with me. Either I've got stories flashing or nothing. Good luck to you. I hope you win!!


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Surabhi Kaura 4 months ago from Toronto, Canada

Ruby, my Dear. Why not write one? Give it a shot... to love stories! I think you'll write a stellar love story; a flash fiction. Just saying :)


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cam8510 4 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Ruby, Nobody has written anything for the NYCM challenge. Go to this site and read very carefully. We get our prompts on Friday at midnight EST and have 48 hours to write a story. Then we submit the story and go on to the forums to discuss our stories while the judges do their thing. Let me know if you have any questions.


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Shyron E Shenko 4 months ago

RUBY! I love it! It is awesome.

What else can I say

This just blew me away

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Blessings and hugs my dear friend


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annart 4 months ago from SW England

Yes, one definitely shouldn't judge a book by the cover but that makes me feel a little ill too! It's just an artistic slant I suppose!

Ann


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Surabhi. I have to be in the mood to write and I'm not there. Thanks for having confidence in me...Cheers.


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Cam, I must be in a writing mood to write, and I'm not even close. I really have no desire to write, that's the way I am. I'll be rooting for you...


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank you Shyron, so glad you enjoyed....


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

I agree Ann. Sometime the sweetest people in my life were not ones that I would select on their looks, causing me to be less judgmental. Thanks for coming back. Cheers.


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pstraubie48 4 months ago from sunny Florida

Love it!!! Sometimes it pays to listen to Momma and Daddy, doesn't it???

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Patricia, yes, I think mommy and daddy were spot -on this time. So glad you enjoyed. I hope Heston is better! God bless...


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Nadine May 4 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Ha ha you had me fooled. Funny story but I do agree that many youngsters who are now covered in tattoos might very well regret this when they are a lot older.


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nadine. Good to see you. I know of a lot of people who wish they hadn't got tattoos when they were younger. Thanks for com by...


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Nell Rose 4 months ago from England

Arghhhhh! LOL! no! can you imagine? what a great story Ruby! and thank goodness I only have a tattoo of a Dreamcatcher!


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PegCole17 4 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Seems like a good tattoo for a medical student, until, later. What a great twist. I'm glad to say I don't have any tattoos and I'm really glad now.


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bravewarrior 4 months ago from Central Florida

I bet Jerry is wishing he'd listened to him mom and dad.Talk about learning lessons the hard way!


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always exploring 3 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nell, Peg and Shauna. Sorry I'm so late. My computer has been in the shop all week. Happy you all came to read and comment. I don't have any tattoos, although I always wanted a little red rose on my ankle, far from my heart. lol

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