Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#AtoZchallenge: Salvo or Safe

Salvo [Spanish] or Safe [English]
She crawled into a dark corner of the porch, concealing herself behind a wall of dead plants and half empty boxes.

She made herself as small as possible, curling into a tight ball with her legs pulled close to her body.

She put her hands over her ears trying to block out the sounds but still they intruded.

She could hear everything outside her hiding place, the yelling, the cursing, the breaking dishes.

She made up a little song and sang it to herself silently.

She knew better than to make any noise that might bring attention to her hiding spot.

She refused to cry, she never cried, it only encouraged the anger.

She pictured a happy family, playing on the beach, sharing their love and laughter.

She sighed deeply.

She wondered if she would ever feel safe again...

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 21, 2014

#AtoZchallenge: Reata or Rope

Reata [Spanish] or Rope [English]
"Hurry up or we'll never get done," Emily shouted at her younger sister, Felice.

"My hands are too cold," the little one whined, twisting her hands together in a feeble attempt to warm them.

Emily plucked the frozen shirt off the clothesline, dropped it in the laundry basket, knelt and cupped her hands around Felice's, blowing warm breath into her fist.

A tiny droplet threatened to freeze on Felice's face as she sucked on her lower lip and fought her tears.

"Why can't Mommy do this?" she asked.

"You know why, because she's sick so we have to help with the housework."

Now it was her turn to fight back the tears, tears for past days when her mother wasn't sick, wasn't languishing in the bedroom too tired to get up.

Serena stood, "I can do the rest, keep your hands in your pockets until I need you to open the door, okay?"

With a snuffle Felica nodded and waited, keeping her back to the icy wind that chilled her body.

Inside the house their mother peered out the window, took another swig of bourbon, then collapsed on the bed, once again choosing oblivion over reality.

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

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 farther 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

Friday, April 18, 2014

#AtoZchallenge: Paloma or Pigeon

Paloma [Spanish] or Pigeon [English]
He watched the cat stalk its prey and the phrase, "Patiently poised to pounce on the plump, pampered pigeons," kept repeating in his head.

Soon, "Perfectly pleasant picture of pleasure," took its place.

"Proud parents prattle as they parade their perambulators in the park," followed suit.

Then it was, "Playmates prance in the pond and peep around privets, then promise to play another day."

And, "Perky pets protest their perches, preferring to play with puffballs and puppies."

He sighed. "Perfect, pleasant, poignant, peculiar...no, not peculiar...piquant and peaceful. Paradise."

He nodded and smiled, thinking what a perfect day it was for the letter P.

Then his nurse approached and he thought, "Pointed face, phony smile, pinched lips portends a painful preview of my day."

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

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