99 word prompt : moving meltdown

July 15, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the word meltdown. You can use it to describe an event or emotional reaction. You can create a new meaning or explore the word origin. You can Go where the prompt leads!

If you want to participate, here’s the link:  CARROT RANCH

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My father was four inches shorter than six feet.  His thick build and barrel chest were developed from strapping pianos on his back and carrying them up several flights of stairs for thirty years of his life.

He hated “New Yorkers” after he carried a baby grand piano up three flights of stairs in Miami one summer.  The moment that rich woman from up north told him not to enter her apartment until he removed the stench from his body, he should’ve had a meltdown.  He drove home, showered, and finished moving the piano so he could get paid.