50 Word Friday #34: Fudgel

Note: Fudgel means pretending to work when you’re really doing nothing at all The bedroom door opened. I scrambled to hide the candy wrapper. “What are you doing?” “Oh,” I pushed my hand between the pile of folded shirts. “Just laundry.” “Then why is there chocolate on your face?” I reached up and rubbed the evidence […]

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50 Word Friday #28: Allure

“What drew the victim to you in the first place?” “Her fingers.” The cop who asked the question leaned forward. He set his notepad on the table. “What about them?” “She was polished. They weren’t. They drew me in.” The cop withheld a shudder. “Is that why you removed them?”   Note: Maybe because it’s […]

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50 Word Friday #27: Caught Out

Mother and child sat on the bike waiting for the traffic light to change. She desperately wished for green as the torrential downpour had come out of nowhere and hadn’t lessened. She heard him giggle at the deluge and smiled. Sometimes a bad plan can make for a good memory.   I saw this happen […]

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50 Word Friday #23: Turbulence

You tell me it’s nothing. Just wind hitting the plane, but all I can imagine is us falling from the sky. You’re right next to me, but I fear grabbing your hand because I’m still jostled from the fight we had this morning. It’s just a bump, but I worry.

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50 Word Friday #22: Coyote

Their call went out right as the golden hour ended. Surrounding me. Assessing. Standing on the edge of a steep cliff, I wondered what would happen to my body if I slipped. The coyote pack would have full bellies for a week. A twig snapped behind me and I ran.   Photo by Joshua Wilking on Unsplash

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50 Word Friday #21: Ambition

It is striving for that dream not fully realized. It is fighting off the voice that is the strongest critic on one shoulder in favor of the cheerleader on your other. Rather than wait to get lucky, you make Luck come to you each day and ask how you succeeded.

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50 Word Friday #19: Tread

I used to jog slowly, not really knowing how long I would last. Fifteen minutes? Ten? My running shoes rarely used, I pushed through the pain in my legs and told myself it was good for my health.   Now, the tread is nonexistent, and I know I need new shoes.

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50 Word Friday #16: Tinker

Bend. Fix. Knot. Glue. To make it better than new. Saw. Tie. Wrench. Many tools lay within reach on the bench. Hands covered in grease and paint struggle to unmask (improve) the latest conundrum brought to him by iron and steel. What will it become by the time he’s done?

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50 Word Friday #15: Pearl

Something beautiful came from something insidious. That little moon, nestled in the creases of your hand is there because life always struggles towards survival. Turn it this way and that, this little speck of celestial imitation. Iridescent, isn’t it? A masterful harmony of ocean and sky there for the taking.

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50 Word Friday #13: Colors

When I see a person I always imagine a color. Do you think that way? The colors always deepen and grow more complicated the longer I know people. Even if I’ve just met someone I can see a spark in each person. I wonder what color people see in me.

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