Just the Facts

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The woman sat in the waiting room in a nervous state.  She had found a lump in her left breast this morning in the shower and immediately called her doctor’s office.  The doctor of course was booked up for the day, but they could let her see a nurse practitioner in the afternoon.

Her name was called, and she walked to the exam room.  Each step seemed to echo through her head and put her more on edge.  She was examined and questioned by the nurse practitioner and had a couple of tests scheduled.

To her dismay she went home with no answers only more of the unknown scattered throughout her mind.  Tests would take a day or two to come back.  The doctor would call her to talk about the next step.  Now she just had to keep her imagination contained to facts and not fears.

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Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – practitioner

Through His Eyes

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She watched her son on the stage and was in awe of his talent.  She had always wanted to learn the piano and had taught herself a couple of songs on her grandparent’s upright.  But alas, lessons were not in the cards.  In her teen years she saved up money to buy one of those electronic keyboards that were popular.  But not reading music, her dreams fell flat.

Now her son was on stage, at the university she once dreamed about, applying for the music program.  She was so proud and happy to live out her dreams vicariously through him.

(100 words)

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The Flame

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I looked up the road and sighed, I saw nothing that looked familiar.  I slowed down, pulled into the nearest parking lot, and picked up my phone.  It had been eight years since I had been here in this town and things sure had changed.

I studied the map for a few minutes to get oriented in the right direction to make it to the restaurant in time for my lunch date.  I had not seen Kurt for quite some time, and I did not want to arrive late.  I was really hoping this might be a chance to rekindle what we had once had.

Confident I had the location locked into my head I took off with memories of happier times in my head.  I found the restaurant with 4 minutes to spare.  I took a deep breath and headed towards the door.  If I had only known what Kurt was going to say I never would have taken that walk into The Flame of Flavor.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – orientation

Skipping Rocks

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The two children walked by the creek, picking up rocks and throwing them into the water.  “Did you hear that Billy?”

Billy stopped and asked, “What sound John?”

John turned and said, “The thunk when I threw in that last rock.  I know is hit something.”

“Where did you throw it?”

“Up ahead that way,” he said pointing to the area of bushes at the edge of the creek.

The two boys walked close to the edge of the creek and stopped suddenly.  Grabbing a stick Billy probed at the item the water had washed up, and they both screamed.

(100 words)

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It Is Written In The Cards

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He had always missed her.  He was never the same after she left.  One day on a whim he stopped at Sister Sarah’s Fortune Telling Shop.  He had to know where she was and if she was ok.  He paid the money at the front counter for a special reading of his tarot cards to find a lost soul.

He sat at the table in the darkened room behind the curtain.  He explained how the love of his life had just up and left one day without a trace.  He was worried beyond words about her and wanted to know if she was safe.

Sister Sarah sat across from him at the table, “So, you want to know about Danielle.”

“How did you know her name?”

“I just know.  And to put your mind at ease, she is fine.”

“Do you know where she is?”

“She is safe and doing what she must do on her own.  There will come a day you two will meet again.”

And with that the clairvoyant stood up and told him, “That is all for today, come back again later and I will divulge more.”

He left the shop feeling more relief than he had in a long time.  Too bad he didn’t notice the car that had followed him there.

Written for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) – clairvoyant

Man vs Snow Pile

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The all-day snowfall finally seemed to be tapering off.  He surveyed the neighborhood, it looked rather pretty with the pristine fallen snow.  He was just about to go outside to clear a path on the sidewalk and driveway when Mrs. Davis from next door called his house.  He answered the phone and listened intently on what she had to say.  She had a proposition for him, and it could be beneficial to his needs right now.  At seventy-two she was well past her prime in snow-shoveling years and had a doctor’s appointment in the morning she could not miss.  She wanted to know if he would clear her driveway for her.  She would pay him handsomely and he was desperate for money since he had been laid off.

He agreed to her deal and suited up for the cold weather.  Just as he approached the door, he knew things had just gotten worse.  The snowplow went down the road piling up a large bundle of snow at the end of the driveways. He went after the pile of snow with a dogged persistence.  He was going to earn that money if it killed him and with his bad heart it just might.

Just as he threw the last shovelful of snow up onto the yard, he suddenly clutched his chest and collapsed.  Thankfully Mrs. Davis was walking by the window at that moment and saw him fall.  She immediately called 911 and waited for the ambulance.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – dogged

Let’s Go

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Hurry up Mom.  The movie is gonna start soon.

Relax Monica, we will have plenty of time to get there.

But this is the premiere and I have waited years for this book to become a movie.  There will be a ton of people there.

Ok, but remember we have tickets already, so it is not like we are not going to get in to see it.  And if the snack bar line is too long, you can go ahead into the theater without me. I am ready though, so we can go now.

Thanks Mom, I just can’t wait!

(100 words)

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Power Play

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When the woman walked into the room, conversations were suddenly quieter, and people turned to stare, but the woman coming into the room didn’t seem to notice, or maybe she just soaked in the attention.  The woman who turned heads was Annie and she was on a mission.

Annie instantly scanned the room and was zeroed in on the company vice president.  She looked the type who didn’t waste time with small potatoes.  She could smell the money.

In no time at all there were seven men around Annie, and not all of them were single.  You could hear her laughter followed by theirs all across the apartment.  Within a short half an hour Annie was practically draped across the company president.  She began to weave her web and lure him further in towards her lair.

That night set in motion an unstoppable force.  Annie’s wanton ways and thirst for power had her seated on the board of directors and a major shareholder in just months.  And she had only just begun.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – wanton

Her Night Out

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She walks into the bar and seems out of place.  She has a designer bag strapped across her shoulder and matching shoes.  Her clothing did not come from any discount store and maybe were custom made.  But all this wealth is not something she flaunts.  She has an amazing natural beauty that outshines any label she could wear.

She smiles at the bartender and goes to a booth near the back.  All she is there for is a beer and a chance to sing some karaoke.  This is her once a month drug.  The music, the beer and the audience all fuel the memories of lost chances.  She gave it all up when he asker her to marry him.  In return she has gotten so much, but still longs for things she used to have.

She takes the last drink of her beer setting a tip on the table and starts to head for home.  Another night of downhome fun sure beats the solitude she lives every day up on the hill.

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Living the Teenage Dream

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*** Hey Paula, wanna go see the guys?  They are both working today.

  • I don’t know.  Barry was kind of indifferent the last time we talked.  I really thought we were headed somewhere too.

*** Don’t get discouraged.  Barry can be a snob when he wants to be and a pussycat the next.  I wouldn’t worry about it if I were you.

  • But Kim, I really like him, and I don’t want to screw up my chances with him.

*** I get that, but I really want to see Jay and I can “control” him better if there are others around.

  • Ok, but only for about an hour.  I still have homework to do before school tomorrow.  And if we are gone longer Mom wont buy that we are actually studying.

*** I don’t understand why your mom is so against you seeing college guys they are only two or three years older than us.

  • She just doesn’t understand the youth of today.  We mature a lot faster than she did in her day.

*** Well grab your purse we are going to campus!

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