Looking Ahead

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He moved the chess piece and said, “Your turn,” with a twinkle in his eye.

She knew she was in trouble.  He had some kind of plan, some kind of strategy and it was going to result in her losing to him.  But that was nothing new.  It didn’t really bother her much to lose all the time.  She would always laugh and have fun playing with her Dad.  She scanned the board and tried to see a turn or two ahead.  She couldn’t see his move.  So, she shrugged and moved her knight taking another pawn.

He grinned and went in for “the kill” and in two moves he had her queen.  She shook her head and said, “How can you see so far ahead?”

“Just lucky that way I guess.  Another?”


They began to set up the board for a rematch.

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How Could They?

He sat at the bar staring at his drink.  How could she have done this?  Why was she unfaithful?  He swirled the ice in his glass and took another drink.  He knew his friend was taken in by her beauty, but he didn’t know the extent of that draw.  How could he do this?  One more swig of the liquid in his glass and the ice clicked against the sides of the glass.  He signaled to the bartender to fix him another scotch on the rocks.  The two of them together was so hard to fathom, but all he could see when he closed his eyes was the two of them kissing.  He would not let his mind imagine more.  He took the drink from the bartender and swallowed more of the alcohol.  He would do all he could to drown the truth until he was numb.  

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In Her Dreams

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He stood at the curb, keys in his hands.  Her coat draped over his arm.  And he fidgeted back and forth waiting.  He looked at his watch and sighed.

He heard her heels clicking at the top of the stairs, “I am on my way Harold.”  She turned the corner towards the top of the stairs and was like a dream vision in her descent.

“You look ravishing my dear, that color really looks fantastic.  Are you wearing a new dress?”  She was suspicious, something didn’t seem right.  And then it hit her.  She woke up with only one thought, “If only he would notice me and what I wear.”

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Actions and Thoughts

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Billy was sitting on the floor of the warehouse.  He was supposed to be scanning boxes on the shelves.  Instead he was wondering why his watch always gained minutes.  Was it a flaw in the craftmanship of the watch, a reaction to his energy output, his aura?  His supervisor came around the corner to see Billy looking at his watch.  “Well surprise, surprise.  You are once again doing nothing.  How often I find you remiss in your duties is unacceptable.  When you do work you are great, but you need to learn how to stay focused.  I am afraid I am going to have to let you go,” his boss said and shook his head. 

Billy just sighed and stood up.  Handed over his electronic counter to his former boss and said, “I really need to be part of a think tank… thinking is where I excel.”

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No Admittance

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The sounds of the sirens in the distance were drawing closer.  Kathryn rushed to the front door.  She was yelling, “Hurry up!” before the paramedics could even get out of the ambulance.  The urgency in her voice galvanized them into moving a little faster.  They had a stretcher into her house and rushed down the hall in no time to see the man on the floor.

Frank had collapsed on the floor and was unconscious.  Kathryn had no idea why.  She had been talking and laughing with him just 5 minutes ago.  The paramedics began working on him.  In no time they had an IV started and were taking him away in the ambulance.  Kathryn had to follow in her car, only to find out only the patient was allowed at the ER.  She hated this pandemic.

Kathryn sat in her car and cried.  She couldn’t do without Frank.  He was her whole world.  She dried her eyes and took out her phone.  She called the ER and wanted to check on him.  They had her down as an emergency contact, so they were able to release some information to her.  She would have to wait until tomorrow though as they had tests to run and were keeping him overnight.  She was distraught but started the car and went home to an empty house.

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

A Busy Weekend

“So, what do you want to do first?” Billy sat on the bed looking through a brochure about San Antonio’s Riverwalk.  “I think some time we should do this boat tour of the Riverwalk.”

“Oh, don’t worry that and many more things are on the itinerary for the weekend. I have everything all planned out.” Joanne held up a notebook with many destinations written on it.

“I didn’t know you would have everything all mapped out for us.” Billy being more of a free spirit than a list maker said, “Did you happen to schedule any fun on the trip?”

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He went to the teachers desk slowly, using crutches to compensate for the broken foot he had.  He handed the teacher a note from the office explaining his tardiness due to his injury.  He took his seat, and the classroom began buzzing with questions about how he injured his foot.  His teacher silenced the class and began his lesson.

Every time Ben hobbled into a new classroom the questions would bubble up and he would turn red with embarrassment.  The truth was that he was a “full-fledged klutz”, at least that is what his mother called him.  Ben had over-heard his mom talking to someone on the phone after he broke his foot and she had said, “He is so inept he can’t even walk across the yard without breaking his foot.”

The words had stung a little, but he was used to it.  Whenever his mom drank, she would say things she didn’t really mean.  Ben just had to take it in stride as a side effect of her alcoholism.  It certainly made him grow a thick skin at a young age.

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Musical Heaven

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He stood on the stage singing of a virtuous and righteous man.  A man who was born into poverty and searched for a better life.  A man who found God.  Steve and Kris had come to the concert to see a new artist play.  They knew his father was in an old-time rock and roll band and had assumed his son Chris was a rocker too.  The music spoke of salvation and going to Heaven.  They had nothing against gospel music as long as it was good.

They often explored new bands and artists together.  There was something about the rush of a live show that made them feel alive.  And if some positive message was thrown into it as well, that would just be a bonus. They sang and swayed to some standard hymns.  Listened closely to the original songs.  They screamed and yelled for an encore.  And they went home happy to have heard an up-and-coming artist sing his heart out.  It had been a beautiful night.

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Quilting Bea

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She sat down at her sewing machine and began to join the scraps of fabric.  Within an hour a pattern was beginning to form.  Bea had been doing quilting for most of her life.  She would sew day and night; in her skills she was adroit.  By the end of the month, she had the quilt ready for the final stages of sewing.  This she did by hand like her mother and grandmother both did.  Her quilt took on character and beauty.  When she finally finished it, she hated to give it away, but knew it was going to a good home in the chemo ward at the local hospital.

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It was a beautiful day.  The sun was shinning and the birds singing.  A short man stood before the group in caps and gowns.  “Today is an auspicious day to take that step into the future.  You have learned a great many things and will be able to take those things forward with you into whatever you become.  You will one day look back on high school…”  The speaker droned on.  Karen was just glad she got here.  A C- in world history about dragged her under, but her A+ in both Algebra and Creative Writing had saved the day. 

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