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Sakura and the Widow Tree

SAKURA AND THE WIDOW TREE  by J.M. Staley Widow trees.  That’s what they called them this time of year.  Snow-heavy and bent like the crooked backs of elders. So fragile, they could easily snap and make a widow and children at home.      A year, and yet you still haven’t cried, she thought. “Miss […]

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Babci (Trifecta Week 106)

BABCI It is 2009. My grandmother is a bustler.  She never stops moving.  But she doesn’t like the rest of us to help. She flaps her arms at us, apron strings flying around her like white snakes on the loose. Rapid-fire Polish. “Set your tush down on the chair and relax!” She stirs the mushroom […]

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Past and Pending – Write at the Merge Challenge

Past and Pending ~*~ I took the river road until I reached the end I wrote those words into my song “Lullaby”, but I had never actually taken River Road all the way up.  When Meagan called me looking for an adventure, I thought about the words again. “Let’s go as far North as we […]

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Soliloquy – Trifecta Anticipation

“Pass the salt,” you say Head buried in a screen. I obey, but feel somehow Your work is but a door between. Your dinner nearly done, The dawning thought: I deemed I’d seen this somewhere else before. And then- An Anticipation! Of what our future might become. The endless hours dragging on. The night begun […]

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Venezia- Scriptic Challenge Halloween Week 2012

I’m going to go ahead and rate this PG-13. Like, “Marriage of Figaro”-style-somewhat-naughty. Enjoy: ~*~ “Zane, I heard that last year on this same night, your master died,” the drunken man said as he wavered over the edge of the canal. Zane pulled him back to safety, barely. “Plague, wasn’t it?” “Soon after he was […]

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The New Death

Death sat at a bar. It sounded a lot more poetic than it really was. I was dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, my black leather jacket creaking at the shoulders whenever I lifted the scotch to my lips. Death is a skeleton, I can hear you say, he can’t have lips. Well, everyone said […]

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Seen (Jane Parker) Trifextra Week Thirty-Two

SEEN   The last strains of sunlight lingered in the corners, grasping every available point of refraction.  She slid her fingertips along the glass wondering if this was all there ever was. Or could be. Her salt-sting, demeaning husband never seemed to see her anymore. Today, she knew, he would.  Unlatching the third story window, […]

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Red Writing Hood Face to Face Challenge: Did You Read It?

“Of all the foolish things – what in Wune’s name is wrong with you, boy?!!” Slammed against the wooden wall of the inn, his jacket ripped on a wayward carpenter’s nail, the wizard released him, stepping back.  His wild, grey beard bounced with every muttered curse word as he paced back and forth on the […]

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Medal (Storydam Word Wednesday)

Medal ~*~ “You know what you’ve done, don’t you, Lorne?” Melmidoc said, his brow furrowed, sounding ever wiser than his years. Lorne tried to stare back at the boy, but was startled by the intensity of his gaze and forced himself to look away. How was it these wizards got more and more talented at […]

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Trifextra Challenge: A Good Tree

~*~ A good tree is shelter from storms with your lover, a table where your future children do arithmetic, and after you’ve lived your life and gone to grey, a coffin for your grave. ~*~ For the Trifextra challenge this week, yes I am back! In 33 words, take an object and let it tell […]

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