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

Updated on July 9, 2016
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My name is Ruby. I write poetry, flash fiction and short stories. I am a dreamer who believes in equality for all mankind.

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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    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Finn. Happy you found this far-out flash amusing. Thank you for coming by.

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      Finn Liam Cooper 

      8 weeks ago from Los Angeles

      Wow...a bit amusing

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years 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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      Peg Cole 

      2 years 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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      Nell Rose 

      2 years 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!

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Nadine May 

      2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years 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

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ann Carr 

      2 years 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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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      RUBY! I love it! It is awesome.

      What else can I say

      This just blew me away

      *

      Blessings and hugs my dear friend

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      Chris Mills 

      2 years ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

      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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      Surabhi Kaura 

      2 years ago

      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 :)

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Chris Mills 

      2 years ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

      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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      Maria Jordan 

      2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

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

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years 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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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ann Carr 

      2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Clive Williams 

      2 years ago from Jamaica

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

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      Surabhi Kaura 

      2 years ago

      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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      mckbirdbks 

      2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Genna East 

      2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      manatita44 

      2 years 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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      Chris Mills 

      2 years ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

      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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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years 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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      Bill Holland 

      2 years 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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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years 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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      Siddharth Kapoor 

      2 years ago

      I like the story Ruby.

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