The soothing sound of a radio in the distance was playing a Roger Miller tune. “England swings like a pendulum do, bobbies on bicycles two by two…” The shadows were growing as dusk appeared in the sky. She laid on the couch with a blanket over her legs. Someone knocked on the door. They knocked again. You could hear muffled noises outside the door as the person fished their keys out of their pocket. The door slowly creaked open and let the last of the fading sunlight in putting a little color back on the woman’s too pale cheeks. “Alright sis,” the man said. “It is time to be awake and get your groceries.”
There was no response though. The woman was still and silent. Too still. The man walked over to her and touched her hand immediately gasping. He knelt down and frantically tried to find a pulse. It was too late. His sister had passed away in her sleep several hours before he got there. He slowly walked to the phone and called the police as a tear ran down his cheek.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – pendulum
The movie theater was packed. JoAnn turned to Shaun and asked, “Are you sure you want to be here for the debut of the movie?”
Shaun shook his head and said, “My brother got a bit part in it, I have to see how good or bad he did. He said he did something only I would notice, said the director had no problems with it.”
The two of them entered the theater and got in line. After tickets and popcorn, they were ready for the show. Shaun whispered to JoAnn, “He said it is like the first ten minutes of the movie.”
When Shaun’s brother came on screen he immediately laughed. JoAnn was puzzled but waited to ask after the movie what his brother Nick had done. “Ok, what was so funny? I didn’t see anyone else laugh.”
“It goes back to our childhood and I never thought I would ever see it again.”
JoAnn still looked puzzled and said, “Well…”
“It was the shirt he was wearing. It said N & S Ranch. We always fought over who’s initial was first at our ranch when we played cowboys and Indians, and since I was older, I usually won. This time he won, with letters 2 foot tall.”
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – debut
Tara was devastated and stunned. Her mom was gone, and she left behind a secret. Tara’s sister Marcy told her just before the funeral that they had a brother. Their mom had been engaged before their dad and there was a baby involved.
All Marcy knew was the baby was born in Tennessee in the 50s. Not much to go on but Tara fought through her shock and began to wonder about her brother. She became resolute in her search to find him. And hoped to one day look at him face to face and tell him about their mom.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – resolute