Saturday, April 19, 2014

#AtoZchallenge: Quieto or Quiet

Quieto [Spanish] or Quiet [English]
He twisted and stretched, releasing the kinks from a night sleeping on the ground, and watched the sun rise, its warm rays burning through the damp morning mist in tiny increments.

This was his favorite time of day, the quiet let him savor the newness, the only interruption was a few little bird chirps and the buzzing of insects drying their wings.

He stood and shouldered the worn backpack, stiffness still evident by the slowness of his movements.

Head down, one weary foot shuffled in front of the other, each step moving him further towards his destination.

A loud honking caused him to pause before stepping further onto the shoulder of the road beside an ancient pickup carrying a load of produce.

"Give ya' a lift?"

He nodded and climbed in the front seat with the driver who appeared as ancient as his truck, mumbling his thank you.

"How far ya' going?"

"Don't rightly know but when I get there, then I'll stop a spell."

The driver nodded knowingly, "Then hope you'll keep me company 'cause we're on the same trip, my friend, the same trip."

My theme is 10x10.
A maximum of ten sentences, a minimum of 100 words.
My 2012 A-Z Story Book is now free

Thursday, April 17, 2014

#AtoZchallenge: Onza or Ounce

Onza [Spanish] or Ounce [English]
The little corner store carried what she needed, survival food; canned goods, eggs, bread, milk, cereal, bologna and from time to time a small treat for her son.

Today she was using every penny she could scrounge to pay for food for another week.

Her six year old interrupted her counting as he begged, "Can I have some, can I Mommy, please, can I?"

He bounced around in an amusing imitation of Tigger from his favorite story book, "Winnie the Pooh" while the bored clerk tapped his fingers on the counter, waiting for her decision and wishing he could go home.

"I don't know if I..." she rummaged through the bottom of her purse searching for more spare change.

The clerk cleared his throat, "Will this be all, ma'am?"

"Just a little bit Mommy, I can count them. Just three or two or, okay, just one, please?"

She looked over her purchases, put aside a can of green beans and smiled at the clerk.

"Can you weigh out one ounce of penny candy please?"

My theme is 10x10.
A maximum of ten sentences, a minimum of 100 words.
My 2012 A-Z Story Book is now free

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

#AtoZchallenge: Nulo or Null-Nothing

Nulo [Spanish] or Null, Nothing [English]
She was told it was nothing, nowhere and not her concern but her curiosity drew her towards it.

On a back street, down a dirty alley and on the left was all she knew, well except that she just had to examine it herself.

Tales warning of the witching hour came to mind as she noted it was almost midnight, she had to laugh.

She stopped short beside the drain pipes and stared at the wall trying to discern where the window started and where it ended.

She took a step back and tried again, unsuccessful, she moved in closer, concentrating primarily on the center of the image.

Her surroundings dimmed as the town clock chimed twelve but she never noticed, intent on observing the window.

She took a step closer and then one more as the window became real, a 3D version of the chalky drawing she'd first seen on the wall.

She reached out and touched it, felt the coolness of the glass under her palm and then her forehead as she peered inside.

A flash made her blink and she found herself inside, on the other side of the window, in a room like none she'd ever seen.

This time she heard the final chime of the clock and as she turned back to the window she watched it blur into chalky nothingness.

My theme is 10x10.
A maximum of ten sentences, a minimum of 100 words.
My 2012 A-Z Story Book is now free

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

#AtoZchallenge: Mañana or Morning

Mañana [Spanish] or Morrow, Morning [English]

She pulled her sweater tighter against the morning chill as she settled into the weathered rocking chair and picked up the steaming cup of coffee, holding it with both hands for warmth.

Early mornings had always been her favorite time of day, the kids all snug in their beds, her husband not home from night shift, it was her time, time to reflect and prepare for the day.

She sipped her coffee and rocked as she listened to the water lapping at the edge of the lake.

All she had now were memories, everyone was gone; her husband and her kids, lost in a fiery car accident.

She'd stopped blaming herself long ago, she'd stopped blaming HIM long ago.

Setting down the empty coffee cup she sat back with a sigh and listened to the waves crashing against the shore, beckoning her.

Rising slowly, she shuffled down to the lake, unaware of the dampness seeping into her slippers as she took a few steps past the water's edge.

She shaded her eyes from the glare of the rising sun, then turned to the little boat dock she and her husband had built so many years before.

The long neglected rowboat named "Eternity" sat patiently for her, silently calling her name.

The water sloshed around her as she walked to the boat; yes, it was a good day for a final boat ride.

My theme is 10x10.
A maximum of ten sentences, a minimum of 100 words.
My 2012 A-Z Story Book is now free

Monday, April 14, 2014

#AtoZchallenge: Llano or Level

Llano [Spanish] or Level [English]
[courtesy of 1 Dad, 1 Kid, 1 Crazy Adventure]
"It's flat."

"No it's not, it's curved."

The boy shook his head, "It's perfectly level and flat."

With the logic of a parent the dad countered, "It's a lion and lions aren't flat."

The boy parried, "You're wrong and I'll prove it."

With that the youngster climbed up on to the back of the sculpture, stretched out and promptly fell asleep, his snores bringing chuckles from the onlookers.

When he woke he turned to his dad and smiled, "See, I told you it was flat. You know I can't sleep on curvy."

The dad nodded, once again charmed by the illogical logic of his son.

My theme is 10x10.
A maximum of ten sentences, a minimum of 100 words.
My 2012 A-Z Story Book is now free

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