Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

The playground near my house is next to the lake and is a beautiful and safe place for the children to play. In the first shot you can see it (the tent on the left) with respect to the surroundings, the second shot shows a child at play and the third shot is of a pair of shoes abandoned while the child is busy in the playground.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three -Mount Fuji | Journeyman
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Flickr Comments
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Basically Beyond Basic
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes- Niagara Falls | Journeyman
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Stephen Chapman
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | This, that and the other thing
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes (I) | Uncle Spike’s Adventures
  8. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes – Peafowl
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge : Threes | Retirement and beyond
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | Chittle Chattle
  11. Uncomfortable Seating Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  12. Prego vs Oreo | eat less sugar you’re sweet enough
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three | nancy merrill photography
  14. African Paper Beads | Thirdeyemom
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | roastbeefandrakija
  16. Three would have been a crowd… | de Wets Wild
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | Just Snaps
  18. Threes- Weekly Photo Challenge | The Rider
  19. Tail of Three Geese | Cee’s Photography
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | castelsarrasin
  21. Threes | Different Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Different
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Pa-BLAM!
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three / Drei Pagoden | bambooblog hamburg
  24. WPC: Three Faces of Estella | Lost in Translation
  25. Agitated Depression | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | 3 Petals | puncta lucis
  27. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Milka Pejovic
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: THREES | Duniya Ku
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge : Threes | snippets and words
  30. sparkle plunge | sarahscapes
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | stenoodie
  33. weekly photo challenge: threes | Curls n Skirls
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | buntscheck
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Jejak BOcahiLANG
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Hibiscus Triad | puncta lucis
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | ILEANA PARTENIE
  39. WPC: Threes | Nature on the Edge
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | The Ambitious Drifter
  41. Friday Floral – Threes | Different Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Different
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Four Three-Picture Stories from Ometepe | Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua
  43. Garden Pleasures | Empire of Lights
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Hamburg und Mee(h)r
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three-Picture Story | A Day In The Life
  46. Never to see her pawprint again… | Crap I Blog About
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | Joe’s Musings
  48. The Daily Post: Three, two one gulls at play | decocraftsdigicrafts
  49. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes – Daisy chain |
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three Photos, Two Very Different Restaurants | Albatz Gallery & Blog
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | The Urge To Wander
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes #shotwithmyphone | Captured With My Phone, iPhoneography
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | belgradestreets
  54. Three’s: Something creative. Weekly Photo Challenge | Destino
  55. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | The World Is a Book…
  56. weekly photo challenge: threes | Del’s other stuff…
  57. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thirteen Vultures | Under the Monkey Tree
  58. Water Or Wine? Hmmm, Wine Please… | Steve Says…
  59. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Creative Mind
  60. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | Lins Doodles
  61. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Lucid Gypsy
  62. Weekly Photo Challenge: All We Are Is Dust In The Wind… | Tales from the Motherland
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Creative Mind
  64. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three | mommyneurotic
  65. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three | Photographs by James Collett
  66. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Khana’s Web
  67. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | imexcited
  68. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes (+1) Reeling it In | I see beauty all around by rob paine
  69. Camera Shy Squirrel in Boulder, Colorado | I see beauty all around by rob paine
  70. Three Venice Carnival pictures | An Enchanted Eye
  71. The Sun May Set, But It Always Rises Again! | The Bottom of a Bottle
  72. Three-Picture Story | Rebecca Barray – Writer/Photographer
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes – A Fluffy Story | marthalisek
  74. WPC: Bath Time | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  75. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | mattvonp
  76. Weekly Photo Challenge : Threes | The Word Trance
  77. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | colder weather
  78. Weekly Photo Challenge : Threes The Great Geysir & Strokkur | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  79. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Shy Cat Enters! | Light Words
  80. :: WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Belo Horizonte daily photo
  81. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | At least we made it this far…
  82. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three (Planting Seeds) | Mommy in Bonlee
  83. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | What Is It?!?
  84. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | the thirdeyeworld
  85. Weekly photo challenge: Threes | Life of A Fallen Angel
  86. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | The other pictures.
  87. Weekly photo challenge: threes Bloomingdale Amsterdam the Netherlands | parislux
  88. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three (drawings) | My Father’s Garden
  89. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three Picture Story | blogagaini
  90. beef wellington | yi-ching lin photography
  91. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | hellisjones
  92. WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes – A Post about a Post
  93. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | imagination
  94. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Wind Against Current
  95. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | six degrees photography
  96. Walking on ice: a story in three pictures | Butterfly Mind
  97. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Power Of Threes | Mirth and Motivation
  98. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three | Northwest Frame of Mind
  99. Three things.. | A Journey Called Life …
  100. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | Still Times – Our China and Life Adventures
  101. Three shots and one story | A Journey Called Life …
  102. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes – 3 shots of one Walkway | littlegirlstory
  103. This means YOU! | Making Life an Art
  104. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Geophilia Photography
  105. Threes – WPhotoC | Ouch!! My back hurts!!
  106. Weekly photo challenge: Threes | thoughts and entanglements
  107. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Les Petits Pas de Juls
  108. Passing a bridge… | Foto Challenge
  109. Eastern Sky Lit By the Sunset (3 Photos) | On the Streets of San Francisco
  110. Weekly Photo Challenge: A Story in Threes | 2812 photography
  111. Three Hawks (without photos of hawks – oops) | follow your nose
  112. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Arl’s World
  113. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Good Intentions, Bad Follow-Through
  114. Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Triples | DCTdesigns Creative Canvas
  115. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Snap and Chomp
  116. Knock before entering | Beyond the Brush
  117. Three by Three | Elizabeth Krall Photos
  118. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes « LargeSelf
  119. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | colder weather
  120. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Outreach
  121. A Story of Strings | 365 Days of Thank You
  122. Weekly Photo Challenge: A Story in Three | AngelineM’s Blog
  123. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Brian Mok
  124. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | In Love With Words!
  125. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | WorldwideFriendSoulmate
  126. Reminiscing Victoria | Know-All’s Box
  127. Threes // Scripps Pier {Photo Challenge} | Clicky Chick Creates
  128. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Snapshots & Smiles
  129. weekly photo challenge: threes | wise monkeys abroad
  130. A Summer Afternoon at Hopewell Furnace: A Story in Three Pictures | Whimsey Pie
  131. weekly-photo-challenge-threes #photography #haiku | Moondustwriter’s Blog
  132. Daily Photo Challenge: Threes | Just Visiting This Planet
  133. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Three | picturingpositive
  134. Let Sleeping Cats Sleep (Part 3) | Mary J Melange
  135. Hiking at Petrified Forest National Monument: A Story in Three Pictures | Wandrin’ Round
  136. Weekly Photo Challenge: THREES | eagerexplorer
  137. Going Beyond Either/Or (Threes) | Thinking Through My Lens
  138. bridge of light and shadow | memoirs of an unremarkable man
  139. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Edge of the Forest
  140. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | The Panama Adventure
  141. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Living in the Moment
  142. Story telling with three photos: Weekly photo Challenge | scrapydo
  143. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Lillie-Put
  144. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | techMinimalist
  145. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | The Write Might
  146. Weekly PhotoChallenge – Threes | Through the Eye of Bastet
  147. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Indira’s Blog
  148. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes – The Party Crasher « Out and About With Mike and Lindy
  149. A FOWL TRIPTYCH – GEESE V SWANS ON WHITINS POND | SERENDIPITY
  150. Weekly Photo Challenge: THREES | The Adventures of Iñigo Boy
  151. WPC: Three picture story |
  152. Donna’s reaction to the Nose command | We Live In A Flat
  153. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | DukkSheit Happens……….
  154. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  155. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Untold Contemplation
  156. Night Falls | Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Focal Breeze
  157. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Leona J. Atkinson-Inspirational Writer
  158. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | PhotoBeast
  159. THE FLIGHT- WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE | Diary of a mind
  160. weekly photo challenge: threes | Musings of a Random Mind
  161. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | All Eyes On These
  162. Beach Huts, Brighton & Hove | thoughtsofrkh
  163. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | YSalma
  164. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | tagnoue
  165. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | Escape from Chaos
  166. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | From My Horizon
  167. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three image story (Gouda City Hall) | What’s (in) the picture?
  168. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Something to Ponder About

Friday Fictioneers: Saved by the Bell

david-stewartAmna had always been a formidable young woman, never afraid to speak her mind and tell people off. Her husband was an agreeable fellow who soon learnt that it was much better to remain on her right side.

Amna was on a strict diet to lose the weight she had gained after their first child. One day as she stood surveying herself in the mirror, she asked her husband “Do I look thinner?”

Her husband was just contemplating how to answer when his phone rang. He thanked the heavens, motioned to his wife and left the room, hoping that the conversation would be forgotten when he returned.

This post has been written for the Friday Fictioneers. For details see the link below:

http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/21-february-2014/

There’s a space-ship in my neighbor’s garage

This is the winning post for the Jan 2014 What if challenge (link given below).

What if you discovered a space-ship in your neighbor’s garage?

I was coming home from my afternoon walk when suddenly I stopped dead in my tracks. There in broad daylight was a shiny white space-ship parked in my neighbor’s garage.

“I knew it” I thought to myself, “I just knew it”. I always knew there was something strange about the neighbors. They had never returned my calls or thanked me for the cookies I sent them nor the chocolates on New Year. And then their two boys were so odd because they never made any noise. I mean how strange is that? I never saw them playing in the garden or heard them shouting or laughing.

I giggled to myself. So my neighbors were aliens. I wondered what they actually looked like. Did they have green skin and one eye in the middle of the forehead? Mrs. Jones always looked so prim and proper with not a hair out of place. But I must say they were being very daring, not even bothering to hide the fact that a space-ship was parked in their garage.

I was just opening my front door when I heard a voice behind me.

“Hello there!” It was Mrs. Jones standing in my driveway in a neat little blue dress.

“Xertang from Mercury is here to see you. They landed in the wrong house and asked if they could keep their space-ship in my garage. I told them of course, what are neighbors for?”

I swore. My secret was out.

http://okaywhatif.com/2014/01/06/new-feature-month-long-writing-challenge-with-voting/

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/daily-prompt-neighbors/

  1. Lonely Park | muffinscout
  2. Axe-wielding landlady: a true story! Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  3. JFK Ultra Walk | Exploratorius
  4. Mr Fall | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  5. Paradox | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  6. A bird and the boat | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  7. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | DCMontreal: Blowing the Whistle on Society
  8. Neighbours | Sue’s Trifles
  9. Yeah, I’m in the habit of phoning weirdo’s and hanging out. | thoughtsofrkh
  10. Next Door | Melibelle in Tokyo
  11. Revenge of the Duck | The Jittery Goat
  12. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening | Ps and Qs: Photography, Poetry and Quiet
  13. Unseen and Unknown | Finale to an Entrance
  14. adversity | yi-ching lin photography
  15. DP Daily Prompt: Good fences? | Sabethville
  16. Two Hours | Lifeinpawprints’s Weblog
  17. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? « Mama Bear Musings
  18. Fences, Boundaries, and Relationships Prayers and Promises
  19. Mal Vecino! | growinolder
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie & Neighbors | LenzExperiments
  21. Neighbourhood. | The Word Trance
  22. Good Neighbors, Bad Neighbors « One Crazy Mom
  23. second home first | peacefulblessedstar
  24. Neighbors in a bus! | Notes to self…
  25. [M.M.X.I.V. 39] Mighty Murf | Never A Worry
  26. Who is Truly My Neighbor? | meanderedwanderings
  27. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | Beats of Pieces
  28. Lasers, Conspiracies, and Aluminum Hats | Under the Monkey Tree
  29. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | imagination
  30. The Good Doctor | My Author-itis
  31. Evening Jam Session | My Little Avalon
  32. Who is my neighbor? | humblegenealogy
  33. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | An American in Norway, a Citizen of the World
  34. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  35. Friendly | Active Army Wife
  36. Oh My Neighbor | Flowers and Breezes
  37. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | Occasional Stuff
  38. Daily Prompt: Next Door | A Taste of Morning
  39. Living in a New York “Oz” Neighborhood: The Racer, The Smoker, The Harangued Mommy, and The Pet-Friendly Curmudgeon « psychologistmimi
  40. Two different stories | Life is great
  41. Good Fences Do Make Good Neighbors | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  42. Neighbours | VirtuallyAllSorts
  43. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | Basically Beyond Basic
  44. Best NEIGHbors in the World / Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  45. From a Dog’s Eye-view…wp daily prompt | Daily Observations
  46. CHICKENS, COOPS, CRAZY TURKEYS AND ONE OLD FARMER | SERENDIPITY
  47. Good Fences Do Make Good Neighbours – Eventually | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  48. Childhood neighbors | My Weigh To Lose
  49. Is it really greener on the other side? | MC’s Whispers
  50. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | The Wandering Poet
  51. The Strangest of Places | martha0stout
  52. the blackberry is a gooseberry | litadoolan
  53. Accidentally Aging | Kosher Adobo
  54. DP: Next door | As I See It
  55. Like a good neighbor, stay over there | Willow’s Corner
  56. Daily Prompt: Good Fences | Finding Life
  57. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | MARGARET ROSE STRINGER
  58. Daily Prompt: Fences couldn’t keep me in … | Nicola Kirk
  59. Daily Prompt: Next Door | Occasional Stuff
  60. Yellow In My Neighborhood | Light Words
  61. On the Other Side of the Fence | by LRose
  62. Rats with Wings | field of thorns
  63. lordmikle
  64. Neighbours, Everybody Needs Good Neighbours… | Steve Says….
  65. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  66. Good fences | An Italophile
  67. No One is Home | The Land Slide Photography
  68. Of Love (John Keats’ Next Door Neighbour) | Angela Hickman ~ Poetry
  69. Not yet love | vic briggs
  70. Next door | Dhikrcave
  71. Daily Prompt: Fences (For S) | Finicky Philly
  72. Neighbors: Daily Post | Destino
  73. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | 2l2phant
  74. Good Fences | the word weaver
  75. Hello, Neighbor! | The Teen Theme
  76. Love Thy Neighbor | U Be Cute – Follow the child inside of you…
  77. Next Door | Travel with Intent
  78. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  79. NED, THE BIKER WHO PLUMBED | SERENDIPITY
  80. Old Jimmy | Overcoming Bloglessness
  81. The Apartment of Sin | Writings of The Midnight Thief
  82. Good Fences? | Wandering Gypsy Spirit
  83. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  84. NED, THE BIKER WHO PLUMBED | Feature Magazine

Vengeance

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Copyright – Björn Rudberg

A story I wrote for Friday Fictioneers which I think is very relevant to the topic:

Shahzad’s house was the only one left standing on the mountain after the earthquake of 2005. People would come to see it from far away villages and he became known as a holy man.

Shahzad decided to take advantage of his new reputation and began to sell a cure for pains and aches in a small bottle which he would fill with spring water. “No harm done” he would say to himself while pocketing more and more money. Many swore they had been healed by his medicine.

The next year the floods took away his house and Shahzad with it.

This story has been written for the Friday Fictioneers. For details see the link below:

http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/24-january-2014/

Please do like my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Nadirsbooks for stories, poetry, photography and much more.

Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon

  1. Circle of life for bison | Exploratorius
  2. Tom Attwater Is Dying. His Daughter Might Die, Too. The Letter He Left For Her Is Unforgettable. | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. Sight and sound of a cemetery | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  4. Karma By Another Name | The Jittery Goat
  5. Human vs. Humans | Rose-tinted Rambles
  6. Karma | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  7. Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon | Journeyman
  8. DP Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon | Sabethville
  9. The Circle of Time – Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  10. Circle | Mara Eastern
  11. Karma | Stephanie auf Reisen
  12. Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  13. Karma for the Introvert | 61 Musings
  14. Daily Prompt: Will you become a Karma Chameleon? | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
  15. cyclical not seasonal | peacefulblessedstar
  16. Wow, sorry, hit my own nerve there. | thoughtsofrkh
  17. Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon | The Wandering Poet
  18. slightly less | yi-ching lin photography
  19. there is room to do | y
  20. Who Watches The Watchmen? | The Dragon Weyr
  21. karma and unsought gifts | gaikokumaniakku
  22. Daily Post : Karma Chamleon | NRI-scopic777
  23. Wednesday Words | Tommia’s Tablet
  24. Karma… We Need to Talk | Under the Monkey Tree
  25. DP: Fluffy Karma | Scorched Ice
  26. Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon « Mama Bear Musings
  27. In a Circle | Ana Linden
  28. Circle | Sounds of Time
  29. Karma has been “scientifically” proven! | The Joy of Health Nutrition and Beauty
  30. Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  31. DP: Circles | As I See It
  32. Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon | Reunitems Journal
  33. Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon | For the Archives
  34. breaking news | The Matticus Kingdom
  35. Phoneography: Capturing The Rain | Light Words
  36. Daily Post: Karma Chameleon | Destino
  37. No changes | Life is great
  38. PERFECT CIRCLE – TEEPEE IN ITS SEASONS | SERENDIPITY
  39. What Comes Around Goes Around | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  40. Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon | medicinalmeadows
  41. Karma – Lets Screw It | Views Splash!
  42. The Truth Shall Set Me Free | Buzzy Beez
  43. Thoughts From the Circus Part 3: Finish Well | The Photo Faith Challenge
  44. When Karma Meets Christ | meanderedwanderings
  45. A Life Undeserved | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  46. How To Create Good Karma For Yourself – Sort Of | The Political and Social Chaos Blog
  47. what goes around…really goes around | In The Moment
  48. Why Karma Doesn’t Matter | The Femindiary
  49. I am a mental patient. Hear me whimper?
  50. Circle | The Land Slide Photography
  51. I Won’t Get My Happiness From Someone Else’s Pain | The Uncustomary Housewife

Fair and Lovely (short story)

I have spent years chasing the tail of my darkness. I used to spend all my pocket money on beauty creams promising to lighten my skin tone. But unlike those girls I saw on TV in “Fair and Lovely” ads I would not transform into a white beauty in 14 days. Not even in a month.

I was the only sister of 4 brothers. My brothers would tease me calling me a “Kali Bhutni” (black demon) and tell me that no man would ever love me. I would tease them back by telling them that their wives would refuse to cook their food in fear of spoiling their white hands.

I would often hear my mother talking to my father about me in the courtyard at night. “What will we do? Who will marry her?” she would say to which my father would reply “Why? She’s educated and talented, any man would be lucky to have her.” I loved my father more than anyone in the world but my mother was right. Many women from nearby villages who were hoping to find a daughter in law would come to our house since my father was well known and respected in the village. But when they would see me they would leave in a hurry giving some excuse or the other. Soon I stopped coming in front of these women even though my mother kept harassing me.

My father used to play cards with his friends every Friday afternoon after prayers. My mother thought it was all a waste of time, but my father saw no harm in it. They played without money and it was just a chance to sit together and gossip about the village happenings. My brothers would watch them in the courtyard and I would peek out of my room much to my mother’s annoyance.

It was one such afternoon that I saw him for the first time. He had come with his father and was watching them play and listening to their gossip. His smiling face lit up my heart and when he said something to his father I strained my ears to hear his voice. When someone made a joke and everyone laughed, he laughed with them and my heart skipped a beat. I think it was when I was trying to compose myself when my younger brother noticed me staring at the stranger.

“Apa Bhutni what’s going on?” smirked my brother. “Shut up Abrar” I said and quickly went inside my room, shutting the door. That evening I wrote my first poem. I had tried many times before but I think I had lacked inspiration. Now my feelings flowed into words and my words took flight like butterflies in the wind.

A few days later I caught my younger brother stealing from my mother’s jar of change. I didn’t rat on him, instead I asked him for a favor. “Do you remember that young man who came with Chacha Rashid? Just give him something and I won’t tell Ammi what you were doing”.

The next Friday afternoon as I was peeking out of my room I was sure Haider (for that was his name) glanced towards me. I darted inside and prayed that he had not seen me for I was sure that if he would see me he would never want to talk to me. That evening Abrar brought me a message from him. My hands shook as I opened the piece of paper.

It simply said: “You are as beautiful as your words.”

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This short story has been written for The Speakeasy #145 where the first line had to be “I have spent years chasing the tail of my darkness.” and some reference was to be given to the art prompt, a painting entitled The Card Players.

Friday Fictioneers: Fence needed

copyright-erin-learyWhen my son was a baby we moved into a house with an open kitchen which was quite a nuisance as we had to keep watching him not to stray into the kitchen area.

One day I had to rush upstairs for something and when I came back I found him sitting in a heap of potatoes and onions, a mixing bowl on his head and a scissor in one hand.

“Mama!” he said, with the widest smile.

From that day on, we had the kitchen fenced off and a gate fixed on the side. Much to my son’s disappointment the gate was always kept closed.

This story has been written for the Friday Fictioneers. For details see the link below:

http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/17-january-2014/

Friday Fictioneers: The Giant

eiffel-tower-dmmFor all of his life she remembered her son towering over the others.

“Your son is a giant!” people would tell her. As if she didn’t know. She was forever struggling to find his correct size of clothes and shoes. But he was her favorite child. She said he had a heart of gold, forever ready to give to others.

And so it was no surprise that even in his death he thought of only others. He had given instructions to donate his heart and then be cremated. He thought it would be a problem for them to find a coffin his size.

This post has been written for the Friday Fictioneers.

http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/27-december-2013/