A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Into the Deep

Into the Deep

Jason held the rickety door closed as he watched through a crack between the boards. His friend darted around the yard, calling to him, trying to get him to reveal his hiding place.

He stifled a laugh as he knew no one would look for him in the outhouse. Their parents had warned them not to go inside, but they didn’t understand how important it was to win at Hide and Seek.

A cracking sound caught Jason’s attention, but before he could move, the floor beneath him gave way. As he splashed into the morass below, it pulled him under.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: You Don’t Always Hear It

You Don’t Always Hear It

Joseph grabbed the edge of the dock and pulled himself out of the river.

Few things were as exhilarating as his early morning swim. The cold water and fresh air pumped energy into him better than any gym membership he’d had.

After the morning sun dry him, he stood and headed the path leading to his home.

He closed his eyes and inhaled the sweet smell of flowers as he walked along the path, oblivious to the world around him.

A few steps later, something bit into his leg. He looked down in time to see the rattlesnake strike again.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Taking it Out

Taking it Out

Nothing moved in the backyard as Susie stepped outside. She didn’t like taking the trash out, and tried to trade with her brother every chance she got. It was just her rotten luck that he was sleeping over at a friend’s tonight.

Sighing, she grasped the garbage bag tighter to steady her shaking hands and stepped off the porch and down the steps.

The sidewalk led her around the house to the well-lit street where her neighbors carried out their trash.

As she lifted the garbage lid, a hand shot out and dragged her into the can without a sound.

 

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Distress

Distress

“Oh, Phylissssss. Come on out.” Sam squinted into their darkened living room, the bloodied baseball bat grasped firmly.

Each step took him further into the room. He’d find her soon, he knew it. She’d never been good at hiding or staying quiet. If she could do the latter, he never would’ve found out about her plans.

Coming home early had some benefits.

Leave me, will she. I’ll show her.

After all their years together, this wasn’t how he expected things to go. He wasn’t worried about explaining his brother’s body in the bedroom, or his wife’s, whenever he found her.

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The Poetry Corner featuring Don Shaw

Good morning everyone and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner! 🙂

Late Night Stormy Paranoia by Don Shaw

He sat by candle light, shadow flames against a wall.
Pen in hand and pad of paper, insane voices down the hall.

Calling, Calling, Taunting, Taunting , itchy rafters under roof.
Madly writing, sweaty brow, shaggy beard, and single tooth.

Insane voices, creaky floors, cob web dances in a draft.
Late night stormy paranoia, writing spirals down a shaft.

Eerie laughter that he mutters, ice cold veins that beat with in.
Smiling plants, and singing rodents, last nights supper on his chin.

Voices calling, calling, thoughts are fast, like bat wings beat.
running around laughing wildly, setting down, then changing seats.

Writing fast, talking loudly, word induced insanity.
Late night stormy paranoia, soul consumed with calamity.

Viewer peers through dirty window, feelings which were very sad.
insidious acts of one old man, a desperate poet completely mad

Pen is tapping against his forehead, gleaming look in his eyes.
Swarms of moths in his mind, continuous sounds of eager sighs.

Frantic pacing wall to wall, front door smashes unto steps.
Lighting bolts and thunder crashes, head cocked back howling, MORE!

Late night stormy paranoia, jumbled words are his demise.
Late night stormy paranoia, haunt this poet as he cries.

Awesome poem, Don! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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As always, any poetry shared remains the property of the poet. I only share it with the poet’s permission.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Family Love

Sorry everyone. I thought I had this set up. 🙂

Family Love

“No, no, you’re doing it wrong.” Billy smacked the side of the car his son was working on.

Jake pulled his head out from under the hood, barely avoiding smacking his head on the hood. “What the hell are you talking about now?”

“This.” Billy pointed to the gash running along the side of the car.

“I didn’t get there yet.”

“Why not?”

“Oh, I don’t know, maybe I want to get the damn car running first?”

Billy stared at him for a moment, then kicked the tire. “Did you check the air pressure yet?’

“Nah. Saved that for you.”

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Danger Dan

Danger Dan

Dan smacked his forehead against his desk and remained there. “That’s it. I give up>”

His wife rubbed his shoulders. “It’ll be fine. You’ll finish your story on time. You always do.”

He shook his head while keeping it on the desk. “Not this time, Suze. This is bigger than any story I’ve written.”

Concern spread across her face. “What is it?”

He lifted his head and sighed. “Our taxes.”

“What about them?”

“Remember, ‘for better or worse.’”

She crossed her arms. “What now?”

“Well…”

“Daniel.”

He winced, answering, “I… uh… just remembered.”

“Remembered what?”

“I forgot to do them.”

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