Traveling Through Forty – Day 8

It all started when the check engine light came on. Ella was somewhere in the middle of Wyoming. She hadn’t see an exit or rest stop for miles. Come to think of it, she couldn’t remember the last tine she even saw a car. When a red light began to fervently flash, Ella quickly pulled over. Her owners manual said it was a broken Ecdysiast Dialator. “A what??!”

Ella knew she should’ve heeded her father’s advice to have the car inspected. She could just hear him now, “Ella Jane, I told you you needed to get your car checked out!”

Create a definition for the word ‘ecdysiast‘ and then use the word in your story. Begin your story with, “It all started when….” Curious as to the real definition of ecdysiast? An ecdysiast is a strip tease artist. Rrrar!

Traveling Through Forty – Day 7

His taste in women was quite eclectic. While he has had many lovers, he always made sure to relish his time with the current hot pepper of the moment. He especially loved when he found a lady with a complexion like mayonnaise – smooth and flawless, demanding to be touched. His affairs with women have gotten him in many a pickle and he has had to ‘mustard’ up countless apologies throughout the years. His biggest being when he doused his date’s meal with soy sauce when all she desired was a dollop of ketchup. Maybe it’s finally time to settle down!

My condiments to the chef! Today I had to use the words hot pepper, mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, soy sauce, relish and pickle in a story that started, “His taste in women was….”

Traveling Through Forty – Day 6

Life takes some funny twists and turns. Who would have thought small town me would end up in the big city working for one of the largest corporations in the world? As I walked up to building, the setting sun reflected rays of orange, yellow and red across the oversized windows, making them look like stained glass. The doorman greeted me with my mail; bill, the latest edition of Vogue and a large white envelope. The envelope boasted that I could be the next big winner. As I toss it in the trash I giggle and think – I already am!

Day six! My prompt for my Traveling Through Forty project today was: “You received a realistic envelope in the mail claiming ‘You May Have Already Won!’. Tell a story about what you may or may not have won and what you do with the envelope.

Elusive Retreat

church_and_tree-claire-fullerThe wind swirled through the trees, causing the boughs to lament and moan. Sabina received his note in the marketplace from a young villager girl telling her he’d be coming for her tonight.

Sabina peered out of her bedroom window in the east tower, looking for any sign of movement below. Her anticipation was getting the best of her as any noise or disturbance instantly brought her to her feet. Finally, she heard the sound she’d been waiting for. Small rocks clinked against her windowpane, signalling her escape.

Her face flushed with excitement, knowing that there was no turning back.

The challenge of 100 words is to write a post, using only 100 words. Velvet Verbosity is back and this week she challenged us with ‘Boughs‘. While Friday Fictioneeers provided the photo prompt.

Fending Off Darkness

fending the darkness

She looked out in the distance, watching the radiant golden orb slowly sink below the horizon. If her calculations were correct she had another hour until darkness.

Another hour before it began.

Another hour till the blackness enveloped her, threatening to destroy all the light she had within.

She began her mantra – I must be strong. I have to keep fighting. I will not succumb to the demons that lay festering on the sidelines, lurking…. gawking. Waiting for their chance. Waiting for their time to pounce and devour my soul.

She stood, shoulders back, ready to fight for her life.

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100 Word Song is a writing challenge from Lance based on a weekly music prompt. 100 words – no more, no less. This week’s challenge was inspired by The Great Flaming Lips’, “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots.”And I made it a two-fer by incorporating Velvet Verbosity ‘s 100 word challenge. This week she challenged us with ‘Light’.

Revamped Emotions

clayHer hands slid along the soft sides of her latest creation, the wet slip gently gliding through her fingers. Sam often accused her of hiding from reality when she retreated to her studio, but she viewed it as mandated therapy.

With the soft glint of jazz in the background she could escape the demands that constrained her, rework through her emotions and leave them all behind on her wheel. Here she could embrace her free spirit instead of being judged by it, live her passion out loud and create the beauty that she saw that so many others took for granted.

The challenge of 100 words is to write a post, using only 100 words. Velvet Verbosity is back and this week she challenged us with ‘Rework‘.

Mutely Distinctive

mirrorShe gazed sadly at the lackluster face staring back at her. In her reflection she could see what everyone else saw. She could see her flaws, the less than perfect complexion, the hair that never looked quite right and the body that was far from beautiful. In the mirror, she saw ugliness that was Darcy.

In the mirror it was apparent why everyone loved Danny. In the mirror, her imperfections were magnified, a glaring reminder of why she was undeserving.

Darcy hadn’t told her parents that she applied to Columbia. She wondered if they would even notice she was gone.

The challenge of 100 words is to write a post, using only 100 words. Velvet Verbosity is back and this week she challenged us with ‘Lackluster‘.

Beautifully Convoluted

rainJulia lay staring up at the bleak greyness that stretched across the late morning sky. She could hear screaming and sirens but everything was muffled – like she was listening underwater.

The sensation of rain spread across her face. The soft drops provided a calming distraction to the chaos around her. Julia closed her eyes, enjoying the velvety sensation. She was quickly lulled into a lurid haze, freeing her mind and giving her the impression she was floating.

When she opened her eyes she gasped as she looked at the contorted body laying below. Yet for once, she was at peace.

The challenge of 100 words is to write a post, using only 100 words. Velvet Verbosity is back and this week she challenged us with ‘Contorted‘.

Seemingly Unsuitable

Darcy was tired of being bound by rules and expectations. She was never going to measure up to their standards and she definitely was not going to fit into their so-called perfect mold.

She was tired of being stifled by their small town mentality, their inability to live outside the box. What others viewed as misbehavin’, Darcy viewed as creating. Why was craving to be different such a bad thing?

Of course, she could succumb to their wishes and live her life like her beloved older brother Danny. Ah, Danny the golden child – hated by few, loved by so many.

The challenge of 100 words is to write a post, using only 100 words. Velvet Verbosity is back and this week she challenged us with ‘Misbehavin‘.

Mirror of Pain

Reflection of clouds
The grounds rumblings intensified as sweeping smoke began to surround him. Simon tried to keep his wits about him but the chaos ensuing around him had left him paralyzed.

Fearful for his life, his inner being was in full conflict against his u=inner need to complete his voyage. What if he never made it to Galiena’s village? What if this whole journey was for not?

He thought of his son’s Seamus and his pleading eyes when Simon told him he had to leave. The deafening rolls of thunder jarred him back to reality.

Maybe I should have never left home…..

100 Word Song is a writing challenge from Lance based on a weekly music prompt. 100 words – no more, no less. This week’s challenge was inspired by The Clash’s – “Car Jamming”. Who can deny a prompt that involves The Clash???
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