Precarious

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook She stood on the cliff.  Several months ago, they found a man’s body below.  It was an apparent suicide.  What drove him to it? Divorce? Losing a loved one? Unemployment? Mental illness? What about her?  Was she thinking of chucking it in too? How could she?  What about her husband …

Flowers From Larry

PHOTO PROMPT © Jan Wayne Fields "I would like those flowers, please." "Sure. What's the occasion?" "My brother's funeral." "Very sorry to hear that. What happened?" "He was found shot outside of his house." "Oh, no. How horrible for his family. Does the police have any suspects?" "There aren't any suspects. It was suicide." "Suicide?" …

Books, The Theatre, Prison & Dinner

"Where's Mom?" Chelsey asked Gideon. "She's not going to be joining us." "How come?" "She isn't feeling well." "Oh." She couldn't help wondering if her mother really wasn't feeling well or if she just didn't want to go to the matinee show for Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre. Afterwards, they were going to have …

Cate, Children & Marriage Proposals

Edward still couldn't believe that Cate was living in convent and in the process of becoming a nun. And he was still reeling from the news that she couldn't have children. How awful for her. No wonder she flipped when she found out that Derrick's wife was pregnant. It brought home the horrible fact that …

Loneliness and Seniors

Two years ago, I read an article on seniors and how an alarming of them go an entire week without talking to anyone. Can you imagine going for days with little or no human interaction? How sad for these seniors who were once caregivers--parents who took care of their children, providing for them. When my …

Cate Summons Edward

Edward had just left Gladys' flat and was walking towards the back entrance to where the parking lot when his cell rang. He took it out of his pocket and answered on the third ring. "Hello, Cate." "Edward, I need to talk to you." "What's wrong? You sound upset." "I am upset. Where are you?" …

Achaia

Sunset over the ruin of the Patras castle in the Peloponnese region of Greece. My husband, Jon and I are on a two-day tour of North-Western part of Peloponnese. We arrived by car this morning and are staying at the Maison Grecque Hotel in the center of Patra. Patra, which is the third largest city in …

Abi’s Look at Life

"I've been thinking about life a lot lately," Abi said to Mats. "What exactly about life have you been thinking about?" "How it's like terrible traffic and peaceful pathways." "Huh?" "You know, life's ups and downs. The terrible traffic are the downs and bad times and the peaceful pathways the ups and good times." "Oh." …

Too Dark

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. I used to believe that until the words began to wound me. They pierced my heart. I'm nineteen and in college. Other students stare at me and make remarks like, "She's so dark", "None of my black guy friends would date her because …

Letting Love Go

We met on the beach. As I walked toward Claudius, my heart was like a heavy weight in my chest. The day was overcast reflecting how I felt inside. He told me last night that his wife needed him. She had suffered a stroke and needed looking after. As a doctor, he could care for …

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