Trifecta 99 – Babooksha

This week we are giving you a page from the Oxford English Dictionary. The ninety-ninth page, to be exact. (Click to enlarge.) From this page, you can choose any word, any definition, to use in your post. (Please type your chosen word in bold, so we know.) And instead of our typical 33-333 word limit, we are asking for 99 words exactly.


When commuting, reading helps avoid eye contact. Though these days, e-books prevent you from seeing what others are reading, I still love paperbacks.

My subway line passes through Brighton Beach, and ‘little Odessa’, so there are usually some babushkas on the crowded trains, sometimes even wearing the namesake scarves. One day, I caught the eye of one, who smiled warmly at me and my copy of “The Brothers Karamazov.” Some weeks later, we ‘met’ again, but my expected approving glance was met with a steely gaze and deeply creased frown. Perhaps they felt no sympathy for ‘Sofia Petrovna’ plight…



Filed under Books, Creative Writing, Life, Life in NYC, Reading, Trifecta Writing Challenge, Writing Challenges

14 responses to “Trifecta 99 – Babooksha

  1. Maybe a book cover would be a good investment? 🙂

  2. Perhaps they remembered something they’d rather forget. 🙂

  3. Ha! Perfect description of a ride on the B train.

  4. I spend a good chunk of time on subways and buses too. This one resonated, for sure. Thanks for linking up just under the wire and helping us achieve our goal. Don’t forget to vote!

  5. What a cool snippet-loved the way her response changes from warm to steely 🙂

  6. TNT

    This was really good. Best was the writing was very tight. No word was wasted, and your grammar was sharp. Splendid!

  7. Kir Piccini

    I just loved the story inside this story.
    When I am on a train or a bus , I spend a lot of time looking at the other passengers. I love the stories.

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