Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Some Things Don’t Mix Like You Hoped

Sierra knew she shouldn’t be driving but she hadn’t been drinking since 1:00 am. The last song in the bar by Tim McGraw, played over in Sierra’s head: “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools.”

Sierra had been terribly upset at the end of the evening. Leaving quickly, when she spotted an old ex-boyfriend in the crowd. Casper’s clear green eyes had met Sierra’s intense blue and Sierra had fought her way through the crowd to the door.

Casper wasn’t any old boyfriend. He had broken Sierra’s heart ending their engagement two-years ago for no valid reason.

Sierra darted into the frosty morning and started her car. As she drove away she saw Casper standing outside the bar doors, staring at her car.

Sierra blinked with heavy eyes. The road ahead was blurred, shiny with odd lights, and the sun appeared to be rising . She checked her phone it read 6:15 am; Sierra had been driving aimlessly for three -hours.

She thought of Casper while driving into the morning sun. Lines from the Tim McGraw song came back to her: “I guess some things don’t mix like you hoped / Like me and you /  And Diamond rings and old barstools.” 

Tears leaked out of Sierra’s eyes, falling down her cheeks. She began crying so hard she had to pullover.” [S]ome things don’t mix like you hoped . . .” 




“Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” – Tim McGraw


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38 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Some Things Don’t Mix Like You Hoped”

      1. Lol. I think a wrong definition there. Here’s the definition I found : providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions; causing catharsis.
        “crying is a cathartic release”

        But please use the definition u found if it makes you laugh lol.


      2. Cathartic is also another form. That’s what I looked up for my definition I gave you lol. Also it can mean a purgative drug. Lol. That’s a hilarious definition you found 🙂


  1. When you think you have recovered from a break-up and then you see them again, it can bring out a lot of emotions and you have expressed this real well in your story. Sometimes it takes this kind of thing to really get passed the hidden feelings and she seems to have done that now. She was wise to pull over to get herself together before continuing to drive. A sad, but wonderful story.

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    1. That’s a very good point Amy. I had that song in my head though, so so did she. And I have to say I love Tim McGraw even though Garth Brooks is amazing. If I was going to pick a country song for her I would pick ‘Red High Heels’ by Kelly Pickler; she needs a good night out in sexy shoes to get him off her mind. Thanks for your comments Amy!


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