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art Challenge Prose

Write a Great Novel

Write a Great Novel in Fifty Words or Less Back on the former incarnation of The Peaceful Pub, I started a challenge with the above title. The idea was, just as it said, with titles not counting against the word limit but also not to be used to tell part of the story. While I […]

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Blue Flame (Fiction)

Robert was oblivious to the gusts of wind whipping his open jacket as his feet absently measured the steps home. Lost in thought, he navigated the familiar route without noticing his surroundings. “Walking on autopilot,” Roberta called it. Roberta. She was the subject of his distracted thoughts, as he played over in his mind the […]

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False Start (Fiction)

Her name is Stacy Lynn Perkins. She is 15, with long black hair and hazel eyes. She stands about 5’7″, and looks incredible in a one-piece pink sleeper. She is my cousin, and I think I’m in love. Okay, I had better explain that. Stacy has only been my cousin for 15 days. Uncle Frank […]

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Highland Tableau

Waves crash against a sheer rock face, which a few yards up turns into a steeply sloped ridge. A young woman follows a path just below the apex of the ridgeline, her white blouse and long black skirt rippling in waves of their own. Far from being frightened by the violence below her, she seems […]

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A Time Like This

Mrs. L.’s Response About eLearning – Week 3 – April 2, 2020 Okay, it’s not March allergies. March is gone.Maybe early-April allergies? Nah, it’s not that either. I’m not outside these days with yellows of pollen. I’m inside planning intensively with a Chromebook. Something else is causing me to swallow hard, blink fast, and get […]

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Into (Story)

A vibration. Activity in the house, the first in a while. Movement from place to place, prowling or maybe just inspecting. Yes, the remembered sound of footsteps, approaching. “Hello, what’s this?” A human voice, so no animal. At least, not only an animal. “It’s a mirror. Marty didn’t mention this when he was pitching all […]

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Ebony (Story)

The ebony-wood rocking horse was beautiful. There was no other word for it. Perry’s father had made it and had brought it out as an early Christmas present and reward for a straight-A second-grade report card brought home for the holiday/semester break. It was the first day of his father’s holiday vacation, as the cabinet […]

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The Gifts

“I brought you some presents for Christmas.” Son smiled as he laid the boxes on the table. “You didn’t need to do that.” Mom protested as Dad nodded. “I’ve told you that before.” “I know, but these are special. They didn’t cost much.” Son smiled, pushing a box toward each. “These first.” “Well, okay.” Mom […]

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My Name Is Tuesday

I’m a private detective. My name is Tuesday, Rudolph Tuesday. Yeah, I know. I’ve heard all the jokes. So do yourself a favor and just save them, okay? It was a Friday, and my office was occupied by a tall drink of water with a glum expression – one that seemed permanently etched on her […]

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Kitten Coal’s Lesson

Once upon a time, there was a short-haired black kitten named Coal who accompanied his family to a holiday on the beach. Coal thought the beach was the most fun place he’d ever been. There was sand as far as he could see and there were shells and pebbles and all sorts of other things […]