The Door

It wasn’t so bad, considering. There was a sink, a wobbly wooden table, a cot and even a bathroom. The location was perfect: off a seldom-traveled path, hidden by monstrous, gnarled oak trees. Every day, Those People brought her food and water. Sometimes, The Man came alone. She didn’t like what he made her do….

Le Plié!

“Alright, girls,” the ballet teacher clapped her hands. “Now, the Plié!” “One, two…Really, Leslie! Nice young ladies don’t DO THAT!” Leslie rolled her eyes and removed her finger from her left nostril. She wiped it on the pink tulle of her tutu and glanced around the room to see how the other little girls were…

The Book of Samuel

  There was pregnant pause fit for an ellipsis at the Plath Institute for the Punctuationally Perplexed. Apostrophes dangled in mid-air—like modifiers—pondering their functions. Were they in for possession, or did their presence suggest a multitude of charges? Commas found themselves scattered, unsure of where to go and how many of them were necessary. Meanwhile, the semi-colons, colons and em-dashes jockeyed for position in the…

The Hammered Heart

Today’s prompt at The Daily Post is the word vanish. §§ So, a hammer walks into The Nutz & Boltz Tavern after a tough day on the job site. The bartender leans over the bar. “What’ll it be, Hambo?” “Gimme a Rusty Nail, Mack,” he replied. “And keep ’em comin’!” “Rough day, huh? You look beat.”…

Day 41

This week’s prompt at the Grammar Ghoul Press Shapeshifting 13 writing challenge is the word recipe. Exactly 52 words. ** The holidays are upon us.  If you’re like me, you’re thinking homunculi. Don’t have one? No sweat. Be your own Homunculus Hero! Here’s how: 4 chicken bones 1 dollop  spermatozoa 7oz skin fragments 4oz donkey…

Whatever…

This week’s prompt for the 100 Word Challenge is voice. Learn more at Thin Spiral Notebook. * His voice reminded her of sandpaper against cement. Did he gargle with gravel? She wondered if it hurt for him to speak because it sure as hell hurt to listen.  She hated when these speakers came to her school. There was…

Uncaged Melody

  Man, look at that hot little chickie— there, on that branch. She be rockin’ her feathers! I’d invite her in, but my cage is a mess. She probably wouldn’t go for a chirp like me… but I gotta try: “Tweet, Tweet!”  

Bequeathal

This week’s word prompts for the Shapeshifting 13 writing challenge are Strand and Field. Exactly 52 words. Strand: n. 1a : fibers or filaments twisted, plaited, or laid parallel to form a unit for further twisting or plaiting into yarn, thread, rope, or cordage b : one of the wires twisted together or laid parallel to…

The Bond

The prompt this week at 100wcgu is …EMERALD… Check out Julia’s Place to learn more about the One Hundred Word Challenge for Grown-ups. I was thrilled—no, ecstatic—when I learned I was pregnant with you. Each day I fell in love with you a little more as this tiny life grew and stirred inside me. I couldn’t wait…

Aim High

Three marriages; three divorces. Countless boyfriends and one-night stands but still no Mr. Right— not even a Mr. Close Enough. Six kids: two in prison three unaccounted for; one baby-bump and a big, fat drug habit.   “Well done, my child. Well done!”

The Love Boat

“Noah, this  boat of yours is dreck!” “It’s an ark, Naamah. An ark.” “Ark; Schmark!” “Go check on the animals, will ya?” “They’re drenched. Nu?” “So, what can I do?” “Patch the leaks?” “Do I look like an ark-hole bunger to you?”

At Last!

I tried everything: friends of friends, online dating and meetup groups. No luck. Then one day I took a walk in the desert, and there it was. Slithering out from under a rock with the rest of the snakes— my future ex-husband.