A Knitter’s Nightmare

Today, I got to write a story using the very first prompt I ever saw from the NaNoWriYe DreamWidth.  At the time, I knew the story was going to be about Felicja in some way.  I had a lot of fun with it.  This is something that anyone who has knitted can relate to…

Prompt: Tinkering

It was a nice, quiet night.  Felicja was sitting by the fire in a rocking chair, her latest project in her lap.  Henryk was sitting on the floor, reading a book.  Not far away, Zofia was brushing her doll’s hair as she spoke softly to it.  Ilya watched his family with a bemused expression on his face.  He had dreamed of nights like this one when he was younger, before he’d ever joined the Agency or heard of Ivan Petrov.

The tranquility was broken by a grumbled curse.  “Felicja?” he said, blinking at his wife.  “Is something wrong, my love?”

“I don’t have the right number of stitches,” she said.  Her tone was one of annoyance.  “It’s not going to come out right and I didn’t put in a lifeline at the end of the last repeat.”  She was tracking back now, reading her work as she searched for her mistake.

She cursed again and Ilya suppressed the urge to smile.  “You found your mistake?” he said.

“Ten rows back,” she said.  Then, she began the work of carefully knitting back to the error.  Shaking her head, she said, “This – this is why they call me ‘Tinker’!”

“Does that mean that you’re tinkering?” Henryk asked, as he looked at his mother over the top of his book.

Ilya stifled a laugh and turned back to his newspaper.  He had everything in his life that he’d ever hoped for.  His wife, he knew, felt like she was in the middle of a nightmare.  However, once she’d gotten back to where she was now and had the correct number of stitches, she’d be just as happy as he was.


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