Zoll Douane (SIGNS: #AtoZChallenge)

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Zoll DuaneIt was unbelievable to him, to be able to pass over the border, to be waved through with such freedom. Just a few months had passed, and the changes…a month ago, he just expected every next second would be his last. Now, this!

He had gained some of his weight and strength back, again something he thought would never happen. Proving his worth by being able to speak so many languages, he had worked hard, helping others like himself who had been so lost.

The border far behind him now, he stopped at the crest of the hill.

Home.
Home!

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For the April 2014 A to Z Blog Challenge, you will find a story a day (except Sundays) from me. A to Z: Staring with A on Tuesday, April 1st and ending with Z on Wednesday, April 30th.

Signs is my theme for this year’s outing. Road signs, building signs, warning signs…Signs alert us to a multitude of messages. My plan is to use the alphabet through Signage, but not to stick to what the sign was originally intended to convey. So, the genre of story writing, and styles, of the posts will vary as my mood and interpretation sees fit. Possibly a poem or two. We’ll see.

I’m also trying something more of a challenge: each post will be a Drabble. A Drabble is 100 Words Exactly.

Hope you enjoy the stories.

Yield (SIGNS: #AtoZChallenge)

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YieldWhat they had on their table was the bounty from their small garden. It was just enough for the two of them.

Helen took a red tomato, biting into it. She closed her eyes and smiled as she chewed, letting out a small “mmmmm”, throaty, deep.

Jim watched her, noticing red juice drip out of the corner of her mouth; Helen’s tongue reaching out to lap it up as it started to wander down. He reached for her hand, pulled it close, and took a healthy bite of the fruit as well.

They shared the tomato to the last bite.

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For the April 2014 A to Z Blog Challenge, you will find a story a day (except Sundays) from me. A to Z: Staring with A on Tuesday, April 1st and ending with Z on Wednesday, April 30th.

Signs is my theme for this year’s outing. Road signs, building signs, warning signs…Signs alert us to a multitude of messages. My plan is to use the alphabet through Signage, but not to stick to what the sign was originally intended to convey. So, the genre of story writing, and styles, of the posts will vary as my mood and interpretation sees fit. Possibly a poem or two. We’ll see.

I’m also trying something more of a challenge: each post will be a Drabble. A Drabble is 100 Words Exactly.

Hope you enjoy the stories.

X-ing (SIGNS: #AtoZChallenge)

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X IngYakov’s smile was huge. He had made it through the trip, crushed and bruised in places he didn’t even know he could be crushed and bruised. Here he was: Ellis Island, America! Instead of being pushed and shoved, he and only a few others were in a private enclosure. He had forgotten how good it felt, having some room around him to move.

The man in the white coat who asked him a lot of questions put a nice big X on his lapel.

“The Village Idiot, they called me!” he said out loud. IF they could see me now.

 

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For the April 2014 A to Z Blog Challenge, you will find a story a day (except Sundays) from me. A to Z: Staring with A on Tuesday, April 1st and ending with Z on Wednesday, April 30th.

Signs is my theme for this year’s outing. Road signs, building signs, warning signs…Signs alert us to a multitude of messages. My plan is to use the alphabet through Signage, but not to stick to what the sign was originally intended to convey. So, the genre of story writing, and styles, of the posts will vary as my mood and interpretation sees fit. Possibly a poem or two. We’ll see.

I’m also trying something more of a challenge: each post will be a Drabble. A Drabble is 100 Words Exactly.

Hope you enjoy the stories.

Winding Road (SIGNS: #AtoZChallenge)

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Winding RoadDave wanted to be a scientist: his first memory of wanting to be anything. He finagled his parents into getting all the science toys the local toy store carried. He made volcanoes, looked at bugs with a magnifying glass, put things on slides under his microscope. He mixed things together and took things apart.

Letting that go after the last disastrous school science fair, he tried on so many different ideas…all the time his father pushing him to work on his math, become a CPA.

Dave grew up. Had jobs. His life mixed things up. He put it all together.

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For the April 2014 A to Z Blog Challenge, you will find a story a day (except Sundays) from me. A to Z: Staring with A on Tuesday, April 1st and ending with Z on Wednesday, April 30th.

Signs is my theme for this year’s outing. Road signs, building signs, warning signs…Signs alert us to a multitude of messages. My plan is to use the alphabet through Signage, but not to stick to what the sign was originally intended to convey. So, the genre of story writing, and styles, of the posts will vary as my mood and interpretation sees fit. Possibly a poem or two. We’ll see.

I’m also trying something more of a challenge: each post will be a Drabble. A Drabble is 100 Words Exactly.

Hope you enjoy the stories.

Viewing Area (SIGNS: #AtoZChallenge)

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Viewing AreaSo, they stood behind the glass wall that reflected blues and pinks. The grandparents held each others hands, looking for their grandchild. Most were sleeping, clenched in their blankets. Some mouths were open, their noise filtered.

“Is that her?” she asked, doing her best to read the names.

“Put on your glasses, silly. No…third row, second one in.”

She did, shoulders relaxing, a smile opening, tasting the salty streak that was coming down.

Their son came up behind them. He watched the two of them for a moment, then joined them at the glass, resting his head upon it, staring.

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For the April 2014 A to Z Blog Challenge, you will find a story a day (except Sundays) from me. A to Z: Staring with A on Tuesday, April 1st and ending with Z on Wednesday, April 30th.

Signs is my theme for this year’s outing. Road signs, building signs, warning signs…Signs alert us to a multitude of messages. My plan is to use the alphabet through Signage, but not to stick to what the sign was originally intended to convey. So, the genre of story writing, and styles, of the posts will vary as my mood and interpretation sees fit. Possibly a poem or two. We’ll see.

I’m also trying something more of a challenge: each post will be a Drabble. A Drabble is 100 Words Exactly.

Hope you enjoy the stories.

Utility Work Ahead (SIGNS: #AtoZChallenge)

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Utility Work AheadWith the lightening streaking overhead, Igor sent the apparatus up through the skylight. He was glad he remembered to open it; cleaning all that glass…no fun. No, not fun at all.

He pulled the next lever; the water from the river sluiced through the pipes, putting the spinning wheel in motion. It picked up speed as the water gushed through.

Igor tugged that chain, pushed buttons, and the humming current was infused into the very air itself. The storm reached a fever pitch, and Igor cackled along with the thunderous sound.

It was done.

The coffee was very good.

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Check out other bloggers in the A to Z Challenge.

26 posts during the month of April, every day but Sundays.

My theme is SIGNS, and I’m interpreting them in Drabble (100 words exactly) form.

Enjoy!

 

Tow-Away Zone (SIGNS: #AtoZChallenge)

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Tow Away ZoneThis isn’t about just one group of people. You could affix about any religious affiliation, or race, or political/social upbringing. None of that really matters, in the long run, for they all share something in common:

They were among the displaced, those left alive, and their being shunted about was devastating to many of their souls.

Carted, hauled, boxed in, taken away…they were forced out of the life they were born to, facing the hatred that earned them the eventual label of Other.

Some banded together, as best they could, even in the worst of times.

They would always remember.

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Check out other bloggers in the A to Z Challenge.

26 posts during the month of April, every day but Sundays.

My theme is SIGNS, and I’m interpreting them in Drabble (100 words exactly) form.

Enjoy!

 

Slow Children (SIGNS: #AtoZChallenge)

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Slow Children“Adagio!” Mr. James yelled to the seventh grade orchestra. “This is not a race; not a competition!  There is no prize for finishing this first. Slowly…slowly…let your instruments blend into each other.”

Connor fought the yawn that was coming; he knew if James saw it he’d blow up. All Connor wanted to do was get the piece over with and go home. He knew this piece, inside and out.. He was just bored with the whole thing.

Connor began to play the piece, so slowly he thought he would scream.

“That’s how it’s done! Again, everyone!” Mr. James cheerfully cried.

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Check out other bloggers in the A to Z Challenge.

26 posts during the month of April, every day but Sundays.

My theme is SIGNS, and I’m interpreting them in Drabble (100 words exactly) form.

Enjoy!

 

 

Roadside Table (SIGNS: #AtoZChallenge): Guest Post

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Roadside TableJenelle struggled to unbuckle the sweating child from the car seat. Traffic roared by, carelessly coming within inches. At last she hefted the toddler to her shoulder, grabbed the faded Hello Kitty bag from the seat, and made her way to the weathered picnic table. Sickly pines cast what shade they could over the two.

She rummaged and came up with a cereal bar and water. A sorry little picnic. Broken-down car. There goes our wonderful day. Damn!
They fed crumbs to some birds. A frisky squirrel ran by swishing his tail.
Mommy…this is FUN!”
Jenelle squeezed her tightly.
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This is a guest post by Ms. Lisa Vooght of Flash Fiction. I met Lisa in 2011 doing our respective first AtoZ Challenge. It has been a great pleasure and a highlight of that first challenge for me.
Check out her blog for wonderful stories and non-fiction posts. This month she is doing an amazing series on Character Development: check it out!!  You’ll also find a guest post by yours truly on her blog on April 29th. Enjoy!!

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For the April 2014 A to Z Blog Challenge, you will find a story a day (except Sundays) from me. A to Z: Staring with A on Tuesday, April 1st and ending with Z on Wednesday, April 30th.

Signs is my theme for this year’s outing. Road signs, building signs, warning signs…Signs alert us to a multitude of messages. My plan is to use the alphabet through Signage, but not to stick to what the sign was originally intended to convey. So, the genre of story writing, and styles, of the posts will vary as my mood and interpretation sees fit. Possibly a poem or two. We’ll see.

I’m also trying something more of a challenge: each post will be a Drabble. A Drabble is 100 Words Exactly.

Hope you enjoy the stories.

Quiet Zone (SIGNS: #AtoZChallenge)

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Quiet Zone“What’s the matter?” she mumbled, his tossing and turning waking her up for the fifth time.

“It’s too damn quiet here!” he said through gritted teeth.

She sighed. “We chose this inn ’cause of it’s seclusion. The fishing. The reviews.” She added: “The price.”

He stared into the darkness.

“Do you want me to sing to you?” she smiled, crooked grin he couldn’t see.

“Gah! No!”

She poked him in the ribs. Harder than he thought necessary, but…

“Can I put on the radio? Softly?” he asked.

She nodded, nodding off.

One station came in clear: NPR. He finally slept.

 

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Check out other bloggers in the A to Z Challenge.

26 posts during the month of April, every day but Sundays.

My theme is SIGNS, and I’m interpreting them in Drabble (100 words exactly) form.

Enjoy!