Evaporated (100-words, Flash Friday)

“Get off of this bus this instant, young lady!” Mommy stood in the aisle clenching her lips into a hard red line and tapping a high heeled leg.
“Momma, I can’t I just can’t he’s out there.”
“Come on lady, get your kid moving, some of us have a job to go to,” someone yelled.
“Oh pipe down, you. Stacey Marie Thompson if this is about that little boy from school who’s a little odd, I do not want to hear it. Get up and get off the bus, now.”
So I did and now she’s gone.
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Written for the 100 word challenge photo prompted challenge that Madison Wood hosts every Friday. Check it out to find what others have written up for this, great place to find awesome 100 word flash fiction and also to contribute your own.

Of Fairy Love

The sound of  damp leaves squished to the right of her. She flushed all over with  a mixture of fear and anticipation before her eyes made out the shape before her.

“It’s only me.”

“Of course, I mean I knew it was you.” Fiona turned slightly and pretended to be very interested in the tree she had been leaning upon. Her fingers trailed the bumpy bark, every now and then halting when it pierced her sensitive  flesh with it’s roughness. She smiled when she felt him move closer to her. He stood behind her and reached over, placing his fingers atop hers. His fingers stayed a moment before they grazed up her arm sending shivers deep inside of her. She turned to face him, which was exactly what he wanted.

“If you knew it was me, Princess, then why was fear so brightly flashing in your eyes?”  His fingers left her arm and touched her cheek instead as his smile met her own, but then she wrinkled her nose which made him laugh softly.

“Please, Ryder, do not call me Princess. We both know those days are long past. I am just Fiona now.

“Ah, but you will always be a princess to me, with one difference, now we can be together.”

“I’m afraid that title or no, my father would say different.”

“Then we will wait until he changes his mind, I have known that you were made for me the first time that I set eyes on you. Tell me that you didn’t feel the same?”

“We both felt that bolt,you know this, it tore my world apart. But  I am here aren’t I? It’s just complicated, I’m sure that you have heard this but King Alistair has asked for my hand. You know that this would restore my family, you must know how torn I feel. They are my duty but you are my heart.” Fiona’s lip quivered and the trails of glitters streaked her face before she brushed them away in a puff that dusted the air around them.

“Fiona.”

He moved to fold  her into his arms and she let him, she rested her head against his chest and sighed contentment. When she looked up into his eyes there were still traces of glitter there but he kissed them away and then kissed her lips gently.

The moon hung large in the sky waiting for their next move….

Linking this to the Bloggy Mom Writer’s Workshop, this week’s prompt was,”Write about whatever you want, but it MUST end with this line: “The moon hung large in the sky waiting for their next move.”

#PPF Progress on the tree lady

My progress on tree lady for the week, I haven’t really given her much time. I did some painting yesterday but that was it for the week.  My tree lady is almost done, I want to add more leaves on the branches and I need to sort out her hair. I’m having a lot of trouble making it pop from the branches!

Linking this to Paint Party Friday, one of the favorite times of my week lately. Click on the link below to visit loads of awesome artists sharing what they have been working on lately. 🙂

Tree Lady (Paint Party Friday)


I had such a great time last weekend visiting new (to me) blogs! Y’all really inspired me to try to fit painting/doodling/drawing in to my life whenever I could. This last week I did a little work on two new wine bottles.

I hope to finish those next week.

I also started a new painting:

It started off looking a little scary, I just wanted a rough idea to fill in- the background is something that I started last year in August and  then just left till now.

I like her face here- after working into it some more I actually miss the softness, this happens a lot, I need to learn when to stop I think.

The same pretty much, I just added blue to the background.

Below is where I am now on the painting, I still have a lot to do but I wanted to share her at this stage.  I can’t wait to see what everyone is working on!

Entwife

Where is it?!!!

Sophia picked up the magazine from off the coffee table and shook it, when nothing came out she flung it aside and continued picking up papers and throwing each in turn.

“Whoa there, you never going to find it if you freak out like this, just calm down a little bit.” Phillip bent down to pick up the thrown aside items and ignored the death stare he felt directed towards him.

“I have looked everywhere. I looked through all of these papers calmly the first time.  I picked apart this whole house in a very calm matter, it’s obviously time for a new tactic.”

“I’m just saying the trip isn’t until tomorrow, we have  eighteen hours to find your passport, stop stressing.”

“Oh, okay because I don’t need sleep.. I will just calmly look through this house again and through the car again and again and again, no problem. I can operate on endless loop, why not?” Sophia walked over to the sofa and let herself drop into a careless lump. She looked defeated but calm so Phillip started to walk over to her. Sophia looked up at him with sadness in her eyes. She let out a big sigh and then proceeded to pick up one of their many throw pillows, she  raised it to her face and began to scream into it. Phillip finished crossing over and sat waiting until she finished.

“Do you feel better now?”

“Yes. Kinda.”

“Sophie we will find it, and if we don’t…….”

“No, I can’t miss this trip Phillip! I’ve wanted to go to France my whole damn life and I…….” Sophie voice erupted into sobs that shook her tiny frame. When Phillip started to rub her shoulders, she didn’t protest. He bent his head and kissed the back of her neck.

“We will find it.”

“Bbbbbbbuttt…..”

“No buts, we will find it,” he placed his fingers under her chin and raised her face up to him.  He looked into her green eyes, still swimming with tears,and smiled, “We will find it.”

Sophia gave him a small smile in return and dried her eyes with her hand before using one of her sleeves to dry her nose, “Okay. Phillip?”

“Yes,Sophie?”

“I’m sorry, I know I can be  really witchy sometimes.”

Phillip smiled at the thought that crossed his mind but said,”No worries my Sophie, you know I love you. Now lets sort this house out okay?”

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Story Dam

Written for the Story Dam prompt this week, Where is it? 🙂 Constructive concrit welcome, as always…….

Family Secret 14

“Can I help you with that? I feel bad about not doing more to help.”

“Hey, Josh, don’t be silly, you are our guest. No one’s gotten you a plate yet?”

“Nah, I think Luis was the first in line but I wanted to wait for you. Where have you been anyway? I think I’ve shaken hands with thirty people today but I couldn’t see you anywhere.”

“Oh, I was helping in the kitchen. Let’s get you a plate; I’ll just put these down first.”

They looked for Luis once they had their plates but he had already served himself dessert and was standing while he ate, deep in conversation with a group of second cousins from his dad’s side.

“You sure have a big family, are all of these people related to you?”

“Yeah, I know it’s probably overwhelming. My sister Sandra has three kids and my sister Stella has six, and their husbands are here of course. Everyone else is from my Dad’s side. Three of his brothers came over and one of his sisters and their kids and spouses, and some of their kid’s kids and spouses.

“It’s just so different to what we do. I’m an only child so when I was younger we’d visit my grandparents and have dinner with them but since they passed away we don’t really celebrate anymore. My parents usually go on vacation during Thanksgiving.”

“I can’t imagine that, What do you usually do on your own?”

“Well last year Luis stayed in town and we invited some people over but I usually just stay in with a Hungry Man meal or go out to eat.”

“Oh, well I hope you’ll eat with us again next year. You shouldn’t be along on a holiday.”

“Thanks, I appreciate that. Hey, I thought I saw a table outside, do you want to eat there?”

“Well,I guess, sure okay.”

Lucy led the way to the table out on the backyard patio. Her brother in laws, Pete and Rico were hovering at the end of the yard talking football and watching two of Stella’s younger boys practice their passing skills. She didn’t mind someone being out there, it made her feel less awkward.

“This food is delicious, especially these rolls.”

“”Thanks, but my mom did most of the dinner. Make sure you save room for pie.”

“Oh definitely the pie is the thing! I practically crave pumpkin pie all year round.”

“That’s funny I’m the same way. I love a big piece of pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream right in the middle, it’s nirvana.”

That got a laugh out of Josh and Lucy felt a little silly for going on and on about pie so there was a lull for a while. They looked on as Stella’s youngest Matthew tackled his big brother, Joey.

“Now that kid has skills. I never did get into football when I was younger, when I moved here though I learned that it’s like a religion in Texas.”

“I think Luis said that you came here from Minnesota?”

“Yeah, we moved to Dallas when I was sixteen after my dad got a job as an English professor at the university. At first it was a real culture shock, but I adapted pretty quickly. I definitely like the winters more here than I did in Minnesota.”

“But don’t you miss having snow in winter? I’d love to see a white Christmas at least, that’s really rare here.”

“I do miss the snow but I don’t miss all the shoveling. It’s a pretty good tradeoff, and if I ever did miss it enough I could go back to visit.”

“How long have you lived in San Antonio?”

“About three years come December. We used to go to San Antonio every other summer to visit and I was determined to live there some day. I love the culture and the feel of the town. I mean, I like your town too, but San Antonio is the one place that I felt drawn to right away, if you know what I mean.”

“I do, I’ve always felt that way about Corpus Christi.”

“Really? I like Corpus, I like Port Aransas better though.”

“Well, I mean, I like the ocean. We used to go to Corpus a lot when we were younger. We’d rent a room in Corpus and then spend all day on Padre Island. It was fantastic. I would paddle out as far as I would dare and just stand and let the waves crash over me, it made me feel so alive. I know that’s corny but it’s true!  I always said that I’d love to live near to the ocean someday, but it’s hard you know. My mom has a fit anytime I talk about moving.”

“But Luis moved to San Antonio, she didn’t get upset about that?”

“Oh she did, but Luis is a man.  I’m a woman, it’s just different.

Anyway she finally gave in to Luis because it has to do with his education. Mom won’t understand me wanting to move just because the ocean makes me happy.”

“Well, I think you have as much a right to be happy as Luis does. Lucy, don’t ever say no to what your heart really wants, there’s no quicker way to become a bitter, jaded person than that. I’ve seen it happen too many times.”

She smiled. She wouldn’t say all that she was thinking, she couldn’t let him know how flustered he made her feel or how she had never met anyone like him before. She couldn’t say that among the things that her heart now wanted, he seemed to be vying for a prominent place.

This is a continuation of my Nanowrimo novel;for part 13 go here. All past parts of this can be found on the  A Family Secret page:) Thanks for reading!

A Family Secret 13-Thanksgiving

Josh and Luis were scheduled to get there any minute. They were on holiday for Thanksgiving and it had been decided that Josh would come eat dinner with their family as his parents usually went on a cruise during this time of year. He would stay in the guest room that night and Luis, Lucy and he would go camping the next day and the next day after that if all went well.

Lucy always helped with Thanksgiving and the night before she had helped Janie make five different pies and her signature fruit salad with rice in it. This morning she had woken up early with her mom to get a start on the turkey and whatever else they could get started. Janie was still in the kitchen finishing up the last of the dishes.. Lucy would have been in there too but as the hour for the expected arrival grew closer, her hands grew clumsy and she was finally sent out of the kitchen to watch the parade with her dad.

Lucy was excited to see her brother again but he wasn’t the reason why she kept checking out the windows and pacing in the front hallway. Even her father noticed. He said that he would change her nickname to Grasshopper if she didn’t quit jumping up every five minutes. Every knock on the door made her rush to answer it, but so far it had only been her sisters and their families. Her eagerness for them to get there started to turn to worry, what if something had happened? She felt over warm and decided to go outside to wait instead.  She had just put on her sweater and was headed out when she heard her cousin Martha calling out to her.

“Hey Lucy, I wanted to introduce Brian to you officially.”

Lucy gave both  a big smile and firm handshake as she had always been taught to do. Martha’s eyes never left Brian’s face and her hand never left his arm, she looked blissed up and in love. This was a good thing, Lucy’s cousin had always been a good friend but had turned really boy crazy as she got older which had distanced them somewhat.

She had just returned with drinks for them when she saw Josh and Abel come into the living room archway. Josh was just as good-looking and charming standing there in her living room as he had been in her dreams. She watched him make his way into the room in an elegant but easy stride, stopping to be introduced when necessary. Lucy loved how he kept bending down a bit to be more on a level with those who came to say hello to him.

“And who is that nice looking fellow with Luis, besides a man who you are crushing on?” Martha’s voice brought her back to herself.

“Oh don’t be silly. That’s just Josh, he’s Luis’s good friend from San Antonio.” Lucy tried to sound unmoved by it but felt her face burning hot and excused herself to use the upstairs bathroom. She had been in such a hurry for  Josh to get there but her cousin’s lucky guess made her want to just hide herself away for the rest of the day.

Instead she returned to helping her mom out in the kitchen. By now her sisters had started helping out too and she struggled to find something to do. The first tray of rolls had already come out of the oven but Lucy knew that they would go fast. She told them all that  she would be on roll duty. Lucy pulled a tray full of the white mounds of dough and popped them into the oven and took out another tray and left them to rise in its place on the counter.

She stayed in the kitchen while her sisters took the rest of the food out and placed it on a buffet table they had set up in the dining room. Everyone would grab a plate and serve themselves and then find a seat among those scattered throughout the house. There was even a table set outside, as it was usual for the family to bring extra guests at the last-minute.

Once the timer dinged Lucy opened the oven to check on her rolls. The blast of heat that hit her face always made her turn away at first, but then she adjusted her eyes and when she saw that the rolls were golden and perfect, she took the out quickly.

The smell of freshly baked bread always made her sigh with happiness and she took a deep breath to calm her nerves before shaking the rolls off of the tray and into the napkin lined basket she had waiting.

She waited a few more seconds at the doorway and then walked out into the dining room. Everyone was in the middle of waiting in line and talking or serving themselves from the buffet. She thought of leaving the basket and then heading back to the safety of the kitchen for a minute. This is silly, she told herself, I’ll wedge my way to the table, set down this basket and then get in line. A familiar voice interrupted her thoughts.

This is a continuation of my Nanowrimo novel;for part 12 go here, part 14 can be found here. All past parts of this can be found on the  A Family Secret page. 🙂 Thanks for reading!