These are two more stories written on the same prompt… or perhaps it’s the same story written from different perspectives.
I should never have come. It’s not my place. We are internet lovers. But this is real life.
He told me not to come, but I really wanted to be the first face he sees in this new city.
I wanted to make sure that he was going to be OK; to make sure his room was clean. I didn’t want him to be ripped off, swindled, as I was when I came from the country all those years ago.
He left home and came to the city to study; deciding that life on a farm was not for him, but life in a kitchen was.
“I just want to cook!” he screamed at his father.
Now he has come, but he is not alone.
“Brian, meet me boyfriend Dale”.
Word Count 130
“All this will be yours to look after, when I retire son’.
“Dad, it’s not that I am not grateful, but school has taught me that there is life beyond the barbed wire fences and the shearing shed. The wool you produce goes somewhere. The lambs that we raise are eaten by somebody. The wheat that we grow goes into food all over the world. Dad, life is doesn’t stop at the gate.”
I step from the train, into a world of strangers and strangeness. It’s scary for a small-town boy. But I will fight the demons within me and without. This is where my life begins.
Word Count 107
The morning paper tells the world what happened overnight.
But they are words hurriedly put on a page. Words that sell papers. The truth is not what is wanted. “Never in Arlington,” they say, “not there”.
But indeed, yes, in Arlington. Nowhere is immune to the inhumaneness of humans.
The papers don’t know the full story. They don’t want to know. I wrap the pistol in the paper, and toss it in the trash. I pull my coat tighter, so the blood-stained shirt I wear is not visible and board the 902 to Boston.
(Reading a newspaper on the morning train has become a thing of the past. Now people look at the tiny screens of their phones, laptops, kindles and tablets. Its a dilemma. How does a murderer dispose of a gun these days?)
Word Count 94
I’m a big girl now
I can tie my own shoes
I can pick out my own dress and put it on
I can clean teeth by myself
But I can’t pour the milk for my cereal yet.
I can even write my name see… Annie
I can make my bed
I can put all my toys away
And I can use a knife to cut my food, but not any other time
I can walk to kindy all by myself, I know the way now
And I can jump puddles
…but who would wanna do that.
Second entry on this prompt. Hope that’s OK.
Prompted by the colour of the backpack, I wrote the following story.
Red, the colour of the scarf that covers the scars on her neck. The scars of a relationship that soured. The scars on her heart take longer to heal.
Red, the colour of the blanket draped around her shoulders, and the soup given to her by the Sallies.
Red is the colour of her father’s eyes, his nose when he drank too much. The colour of his skin when he heard how James had treated her.
Red, the colour of the luscious strawberries that she bought for $1 per kilo in Cairns. She shared them with Bridget and Julian as they sang under the stars and Peter strummed his guitar and drank red wine.
Red, the colour of the shoes that they gave her to wear when she first graced the stage.
Red, the colour of the dress she wore when she accepted the Logie for Best Actress in a Musical.
And red is the colour of the satin sheets she sleeps on tonight, remembering yesterday and dreaming of tomorrow.
171 words. It still fits within the 150 +25… just.
Having inspected the bottle and considered it an unworthy vessel in which to curl up and go to sleep, the snake slithered around it, rubbing along its side until it retreated into the cool shade.
The smoke rose from the bottle just like in the movies, and lo, a genie, rather contemporarily dressed, emerged from the vessel.
“Who dared to summon the mighty Genie?”
Looking around, he saw nobody.
“That’s odd”, he thought “Well, at least I can have a stretch and enjoy the rays for a while”.
“What now”, he contemplated as he sat on the edge of the cliff.
You see, without a master, a genie has no purpose in life.
115 words. enjoy.
“What is it Fred? What has upset you that you are barking like that?”
Then I saw, underneath the lone street lamp was a pile of rags that I had not seen before. They were dirty, and torn, and protruding from one side was a young leg, with a shoe on it.
The pile moved and I heard a sob coming from the centre.
“Are you ok there?”
A lad of no more than 12 looked up at me with a tear streaked face. He trembled, afraid.
“You better come with me son”, I said.
“I’m not your son. I’m nobody’s son anymore”.
“There is a long story here”, I thought.
“I have meat pies and chips in the oven”.
I turned and walked away.
Word Count 127.Now that Uni is finished for the year, I will have more time to devote to my blog.
“What are you in for?”
“Destruction of property, you?”
“Assault. Bit the postman.”
“Not so bad here, we get fed and have a yard to run round in.”
“No one to love though, I miss Jude coming through the gate after school, he is so happy to see me after school.”
“Yeah, I get it. These guys don’t even know our names, it’s just, ‘Hey Boy, come on’. Don’t they even look? Duh dude, I’m a girl! I mean just because I haven’t had my nails done or hair brushed doesn’t mean I have turned male.”
“I got an escape planned, you in?”
“Started a hole under the fence there.”
“I’m in, but if we get caught, you know it could be solitary right.”
“It’s worth the risk. Come now though, its dinnertime, got to keep our strength up.”
“Right behind you Duke.”
word count 144