First Date

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Copyright Jean L. Hays

He arrived 10 minutes earlier, excited and worried at the same time. Mark said he might like her, his colleague from Purchasing. He said he’d have a go. And why not? It has been three years since the divorce and he thinks he’s ready to date again. He was having his cappuccino when she arrived. She’s beautiful, with brown wavy hair and a simple black dress. They greeted each other and she ordered her Latte. Their small talk went well. He likes the way she talks with a slight American accent, she likes his gentle manners. They agreed to meet again.

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As The Trees Sway

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PHOTO PROMPT- © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

As the trees sway, I felt that weird shifting shoots and a feathery light object grazed my skin. I’ve seen some sparks in that scarlet sky. Did I just hear some thunder? Before I get wet, I came in and closed the door and looked out our kitchen window. I heard the door creaked, it needed oiling. Anyway, there was no doubt that something or someone was out there, probably lost or hiding in a hole. Oh, Peter why did you leave me alone in this forsaken place? The aliens are coming to get me, I’m sure.

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Oh What A Night!

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PHOTO PROMPT © C.E. Ayr

Sharon forced herself to open her eyes, but the sun was shining through the window – it was still too bright for her. She closed her eyes again and yawned. Karin entered the room and said: “Wakey, wakey, sleepy head! Oh what a night, eh?”

Sharon slowly woke up, “What happened, I don’t remember anything last night.”

“I bet you don’t, you smasher! We’ve been celebrating a lot, with all the drinks, the dance, friends coming and going and you singing your heart’s out- brilliant!” Karin explained.

“Never mind all that, where’s my shoe?” Sharon holding the other shoe.

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Valour and Courage

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PHOTO PROMPT – © J Hardy Carroll

PHOTO PROMPT – © J Hardy Carroll

“Valour is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.” ~ Michel de Montaigne

“At the end of another long day, and too many more ahead to even think about about, Sam took a moment to gather his thoughts.”
He yearned for peace in his waking hours. The flames were still bright red. Burning for safety. Pebbles rolled along the cliffs and soft sedimentary rocks had eroded away. Sam bent to touch the clay beneath his feet. Gathering his thoughts, he remembered his friends who were injured and those who didn’t come back alive. Numerous friends and comrades who had shown great valour and courage during the war. He knew that the war was over but the cost to people in human suffering was immeasurable.

by brenda warren

by brenda warren

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After the Earthquake – Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT – © Connie Gayer …(Mrs. Russell)

PHOTO PROMPT – © Connie Gayer …(Mrs. Russell)

The Philippines is never new to earthquakes, with the country on the Pacific Ring of Fire. That means we have frequent seismic and volcanic activity. One of the earthquakes that stuck on my mind was the one that hit Luzon in 1990. I remembered that the Hyatt Terraces Baguio collapsed with more than a thousand people dead. Destruction to buildings, infrastructures and properties amounted to at least 10 billion pesos, a part of it cause by ground shattering. Most of the damage rest on on the physical integrity of the building and effects of local geography and ground situations.

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Unforgetabble Trip – Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT © Ron Pruitt

PHOTO PROMPT © Ron Pruitt

When we first got married, Him Indoors and I visited the Philippines. We flew to Bicol and on the way back, flights were cancelled. We decided to take the bus to Manila. We ended up being in a decrepit, no air-con bus. We had to stand the first couple of hours. There was a stop – wheel fell off. We waited 3 hours for the man to get nuts in another town. Then we stopped the second time – puncture on one of the tyres. After that, the driver raced another bus along the motorway with a horse and a cart in the slow lane. Such a journey!

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Far Too Soon! Write Now! Friday Fictioneers and 3 Words

PHOTO PROMPT -© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

PHOTO PROMPT -© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Today’s Prompt:
It was definitely too early in the season for the weather forecast to include the word “snow”.

Yet we can’t ignore the fact that not only was it raining today, it was snowing, too! No, they can’t do that! They can’t schedule snow and rain in August! We’re supposed to be in the height of summer, i.e. got to be scorching hot! There were actual delays on the number of aircraft entering the country’s airspace or taking off from domestic airports. Not to mention the traffic caused by this weather. We were not prepared! No snowmobiles, no salts to sprinkle on the road and the tyres were not changed to winter tyres yet. Far too soon!

20151016: day 289
Happy 2015!! Ready to commit to three-words-a-day for a year?

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* Check out about 3 words, the first posting, for what to do. choose three out of five.

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The Wiesn – Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz

Ed and Kay went to Oktoberfest, which they simply called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds, the Theresienwiese. They had some beer and pretzels and looked around the different tents and amusement rides. Ed bought Kay a heart shaped ginger bread which she put around her neck. Then they rode on the chair merry-go-round. It was exciting but after the second revolution, it started to sleet. They were frightened but there was no way but to endure the blizzard for the next five minutes. It was a hell of a ride for them!

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Amanda’s Day – Friday Fictioneers and Whirligig 27

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from a prefatory poem in Flesh and Blood, a novel by Patricia Cornwell: light, dark, gone, fragments, leaves, eye, theft, erotic, dream, change, watch, clock

PHOTO PROMPT – © Marie Gail Stratford

PHOTO PROMPT – © Marie Gail Stratford

Amanda was finishing her report and it has gone dark. She turned the light on. She wanted to check her emails but since her laptop was processing a lot of stuff, she found Jack’s laptop. “Oh just a quick check,” she muttered to herself. She eyed the laptop – she remembered buying the sky blue mouse for him. Jack hasn’t changed the password. But she was shocked with some of the things Jack was on about. He was into erotic and porn sites and there were emails from a dating site. Fragments of his life she didn’t know about. The clock ticked and she was like having a dream, more like a nightmare. Jack has a lot of explaining to do….

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Back on the Road Again – Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT © The Reclining Gentleman

PHOTO PROMPT © The Reclining Gentleman

Tonight we are taking HRH the son with his friends to the airport. They have visited us here for a week. They’ve been to Oktoberfest, to town, climbed up St. Peter’s Church to see the lovely view of the city from the top and had a party with some friends. It was lovely to have them here with us.

Having said that, we just realised that we’ve been driving back and forth the airport 18 times this year – with us travelling and picking up people visiting us. It’s about 70 kilometres from our place. Oh well, tough to be on the road again!

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