Hattie almost missed the fraying brown clue blending into the brickwork.
Matt would never let anyone miss it completely.
“It’s a clue!” He howled as he dropped to his belly and slithered towards the string. “Hattie. Hattie. Look. They were here.”
“I don’t see anything Matt.” He groaned and lifted the string between clenched knuckles.
“Right here. They were here.”
“The ghosts! Hattie! Did you forget what we were doing today?”
“I guess so Matt.”
“Ghosts. Ghost hunting. The email invite was clear.”
Hattie gazed at the sunset. Why were the cute ones always so weird?
Word Count: 98
For Friday Fictioneers (I’m getting better at this!)
Photo credit: © CEAyr
Last year I received a dream book and planner for Christmas. The beginning of the book is a very comprehensive review of your life and what you want. For my life purpose, I wrote that it was “to help others through creativity”. It’s vague but I was a much more vague person at the beginning of the year.
Now, at the end of the year, the planner has a place to review things you planned and, once again, review yourself against what you wrote at the beginning of the year. The whole point is to help one move forward in what they truly want. A kick in the ass so to speak which I desperately needed.
As I go through and read my intentionally vague answers from Jan 2020 I know I’ve changed this year. I think it would be acceptable to say this year has changed everybody in some way.
A couple of weekends ago I sat through 30 hours of coach training, something that I know aligns with my goals and what I want out of my life. I had to persuade myself to take the jump but I could argue pre 2020 Kelley may not have done it at all.
For the next couple of months I’m going to share some of the things I’m learning through my coach training process. I’ll still be putting up creative writings too but I hope you guys enjoy the little foray into this new piece of my life.
“If your friends jumped off a bridge would you jump too?”
Well mom, looks like we know the answer.
In my defense, it was only 3 feet off the ground.
Surely I would’ve come to my senses before diving off anything higher.
You’re not amused. It’s ok, I get it.
It wasn’t in your weekend plans to care for this ungrateful snot you call a daughter.
I hop to the window, wave to my friends and part of me wonders …
Would they believe you pushed me if I jumped again?
Word Count: 91
For Friday Fictioneers, serving up photo prompts, hot and with a side of crazy fries.
PHOTO PROMPT © Susan Eames
What a weird delight
A congealed dressing
Of our thoughts
I wanted to use the daily words. No apologies.
The world has been chewing us up
And forgetting to spit us out
I’ve been doing a lot of these random small not-poetry things lately. They encompass the way I feel, like my head’s about to explode at any moment. I tell myself things will get better and I truly believe they will, but sitting in the discomfort of this entire year (or an entire existence) … it’s been an experience.
Slowly this aberration emerged, a plume of thick smoke sneaking between the cracks in the wall. We were no longer welcome here.
As if the stiff lipped fear ever meant we could stay.
A collective thought grew among us, slow and warming, passed in the offering plate from one to another and nurtured with each passing hand.
Who are we to stay?
In the darkness we gathered what little we could claim and disconnected ourselves from this place.
Incorporating a couple of the daily words. Abberation from FOWC and emerge from RDP.
I had a dream
That I overflowed
And starlight lit my visions
But they were no longer mine
Instead they were plucked off the ground
Ripe fruit tempting those who passed
I’m trying again to write every day. I have to get myself back into the habit of sitting down and making time.
You don’t notice me
I can’t help but imagine
My name dripping from your mouth
A spoonful of soup
Slurped while still boiling
Forming welts on your lips
And your chin
Where I kissed you
Last time you remembered me
You don’t now
But I hope
I can’t think
So I peel away my skin
Long strips of thought
I can’t hope to hold onto
Though we hope things will get better soon we still have so many steps to go. I hope everyone is doing ok.
“I was surprised you agreed to get BBQ with me.”
“Why? I know the importance of good BBQ. I am from here remember?”
“Oh, fuck off, it is not.”
He tossed a sugar packet in my direction.
“For your ‘unsweet’ tea.”
I stared out the window, wondering if things would ever be the same.
“Seriously, what are you going to eat?”
“Well, I do love fried okra.”
“You’re going to eat fried okra? That’s it?”
“I don’t think anyone likes okra that much.”
“Blasphemy. Fried okra is the best okra.”
“Why are you here?”
Word Count: 99
Returning to Friday Fictioneers , after forever, with an only dialogue piece.
PHOTO PROMPT – © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields