50 Word Thursday #41 – Memories of Venice

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And the words:

“How could I forget?” Mrs Judkin’s said.   – Otherwise Engaged – Amanda Quick

 

They stood together on the bridge in Venice watching the traffic of boats and gondola navigate the grand canal.

It had been many years since their divorce and here they were face to face again. Venice held happy memories of times together on their honeymoon.

He looked at her, just as he had when they were young, a longing in his clear blue eyes. Gone was his brown hair, the man was no longer the slim guy she had once loved. She too had changed. She still had blonde hair, but that came out of a bottle now. She wasn’t quite as lithe and laughter lines and crow’s feet bedecked her face.

They laughed about old times.

“Did you marry again, after?” he asked nervously.

“Yes, I’m Mrs Judkins now” she replied.

“Oh, is your husband with you?” he responded, cautiously.

“No, he died two years ago.”

“You know, I never stopped loving you?” he said boldly.

“Really?” she said, moving closer.

“I can’t justify what I did, the affair I mean. You remember what happened?”

She smiled, in a winsome manner, then pushed him over the stone railing into the canal below.

“How could I forget?” Mrs Judkins said.

[200 Words]

 

This story was written for the 50 Word Thursday challenge which this week is hosted by Deb Whittam. Click below if you would like to take part, it’s not too late:

https://debbiewhittam.wordpress.com/2019/10/11/50-word-thursday-41/

 

I have also included the following word prompts:

FOWC with Fandango — Manner

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/10/15/justify/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/10/15/rdp-tuesday-winsome/

 

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50 Word Thursday #40 – The Results

Well, another week has just flown by! The 50 Word Thursday challenge has come to an end. Click on the link to see the post:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/50-word-thursday-40/

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50-word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
  • HAVE FUN!

Here was the picture:

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And the Words: “It is quite true that his life had been very evil, but, upon the other hand, he was most conscientious in all things connected with the supernatural.” – The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde.

To some of you, this may have seemed like an insurmountable challenge, but to others, it was a challenge that they were determined to meet. Here are the eminent entries of those intrepid writers, some of the stories are dark, shadowy and tenebrous, guaranteed to send a chill down your spine! 🙂

 

50 Words Thursday #40

 

50 Word Thursday

 

https://debbiewhittam.wordpress.com/2019/10/07/50-word-thursday-40/

 

Revelation

 

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/50-word-thursday-40-without-qualms/

 

Deb Whittam, of the blog Twenty Four, who created this challenge originally, has agreed to co-host this challenge with me. I am honoured to hand the baton over to Debbie, who will post this week’s 50 Word Thursday Challenge!

Deb, over to you 🙂

 

I have also included the following word prompts in this post:

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/10/09/insurmountable/

FOWC with Fandango — Chill

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/10/09/rdp-wednesday-tenebrous/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/10/09/your-daily-word-prompt-eminent-october-9-2019/

 

 

 

50 Word Thursday #40 – Without Qualms.

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And the Words: “It is quite true that his life had been very evil, but, upon the other hand, he was most conscientious in all things connected with the supernatural.” – The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde.

 

He materialised in his usual place, within the ruins of the castle that had once been his home. He cast his mind back remembering the splendour of his great hall once lined with red silk tapestries.

Spotting what he’d very much hoped to see, a lingering tourist, who had come unawares that this was one of the most haunted sites in England, he drifted over, slow and steady in his usual manner.

His body had become incorporeal but he retained his sentience and his desire to kill.

It is quite true that his life had been very evil, but, upon the other hand, he was most conscientious in all things connected with the supernatural.

As he reached out to this living creature, hoping to scare him to death, the man turned and stood there, without a qualm, no delicious screams.

“People were so hard to scare nowadays”, he lamented woefully.

[150 Words]

 

This story was written for the 50 Word Thursday challenge, click below if you like to take part:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/50-word-thursday-40/

 

I will be posting all the entries tomorrow evening.

 

I have also included the following word prompts:

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/your-daily-word-prompt-sentience-october-8-2019/

FOWC with Fandango — Cast

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/qualm/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/rdp-tuesday-slow/

 

50 Word Thursday – #40

I am taking it in turns to host this challenge with Deb Whittam of the blog Twenty Four. Click on the link below to see her post about the results of last weeks challenge:

https://debbiewhittam.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/50-word-thursday-39-the-results/

So, now to this weeks challenge:

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50-word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
  • HAVE FUN!

So here is the picture for this week:

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And the Words: “It is quite true that his life had been very evil, but, upon the other hand, he was most conscientious in all things connected with the supernatural.” – The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde.

I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge. I will gather together all the entries and publish a results post on Wednesday.

Have fun. 🙂

50 Word Thursday #38 – The Results

Well, another week has just flown by! The 50 Word Thursday challenge has come to an end. Click on the link to see the post:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/09/19/50-word-thursday-38/

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50-word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
  • HAVE FUN!

Here was the picture:

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And the Words: “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul;” – Moby Dick by Herman Melville.

It has been another great week for entries, I’d encourage you to read all the short stories that are linked below:

 

50 Words Thursday #38

 

Siren Song

 

THE MONOTONY

 

50 Word Thursday — The Plan

 

https://padresramblings.wordpress.com/2019/09/22/a-damp-drizzly-november/

 

https://debbiewhittam.wordpress.com/2019/09/23/50-word-thursday-38/

 

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/50-words-thursday-the-tides-of-fate/

 

Deb Whittam, of the blog Twenty Four, who created this challenge originally, has agreed to co-host this challenge with me. I am honoured to hand the baton over to Debbie, who will post this week’s 50 Word Thursday Challenge!

Deb, over to you 🙂

 

 

50 Words Thursday – The Tides of Fate.

This story was written for the 50 Word Thursday Challenge, Click on the link below to take part, the results are posted on Wednesday evening.

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/09/19/50-word-thursday-38/

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And the Words: “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul;” – Moby Dick by Herman Melville.

 

 

Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul, I recall those lonely wharves of my youth, where I fell and awoke to the life I now have.

I spent my young days drinking and carousing about the docks. Watching ships but never knowing they would be my destiny.

I was accustomed to those cobblestone streets, the cats that dwelt in alleys ready to take their pick of the catch of fish. I knew those cats well; in many ways, I was one of them.

When I was heavy in drink, I would sleep it off in one of those alleys, the cats would be my company.

One day I awoke to discover the error of my ways. I was in the belly of one of those wooden vessels bound for the open ocean.

It didn’t take me long to discover the nature of those Seadogs who had waylaid me. Lawlessness was in my nature and I recognised my kin in those woebegotten reprobates. I wasn’t going to jeopardise my life by fighting the circumstances I’d found myself in.

I embraced the life and made my debut as a pirate.

[200 Words]

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 24th September 2019.

 

I have also included the following word prompts:

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/jeopardize/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/your-daily-word-prompt-accustomed-september-24-2019/

FOWC with Fandango — Debut

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/rdp-tuesday-error/

 

50 Word Thursday #38

I am taking it in turns to host this challenge with Deb Whittam of the blog Twenty Four. Click on the link below to see her post about the results of last weeks challenge:

https://debbiewhittam.wordpress.com/2019/09/19/50-word-thursday-37-the-results/

So, now to this weeks challenge:

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50-word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
  • HAVE FUN!

So here is the picture for this week:

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And the Words: “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul;” – Moby Dick by Herman Melville.

I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge. I will gather together all the entries and publish a results post on Wednesday.

Have fun. 🙂

50 Word Thursday – Missing the Point

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And the words:

“I gasp and jerk my hand back, but it’s too late.” – The Archived – Victoria Schwab

 

The train wove its way through the jungle and native habitat, a popular tourist attraction. The train climbed through the canopy and suddenly there was a breath-taking view across the lush vegetation. I got out my phone and took a picture but it doesn’t do the scenery justice. You just can’t duplicate the beauty of nature. As the train gathered speed back downhill, I decided to try to take a picture of the train itself. I reach out, arm extended and then I gasp and jerk my hand back, but it’s too late. My phone was gone, knocked away by something unseen in the dense jungle. I’d forgotten the fundamental rule of riding on the train, you must never put your head or arm out of the window.

Then I notice the blood streaming from my wrist and feel the excruciating pain as I realise my hand is missing too.

[150 Words]

 

This story was written for the 50 words Thursday challenge, this week hosted by Deb Whittam, click on the link below to see her post and take part in the challenge. The results are posted tomorrow.

https://debbiewhittam.wordpress.com/2019/09/13/50-word-thursday-37/

 

I have also included the following word prompts:

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/native/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/your-daily-word-prompt-fundamental-september-17-2019/

FOWC with Fandango — Duplicate

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/rdp-tuesday-missing/

 

50 Word Thursday #36 – The Results

Well, another week has just flown by! The 50 Word Thursday challenge has come to an end. Click on the link to see the post:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/50-word-thursday-36/

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50-word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
  • HAVE FUN!

Here was the picture:

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And the Words: “He built his fires in a thousand places and slept on the banks of rivers. The grass grew over his tracks, but he knew where they were when he came again.” – The Shiralee by D’arcy Niland

 

It has been another great week for entries, I’d encourage you to read all the short stories that are linked below, they are quite a spicy selection! 😉

 

https://thedarknetizen.wordpress.com/2019/09/06/microfiction-disturbed-zone/

 

“Gun’s a Blazing” (Short Prose) 50 Word Thursday #36

 

50 Word Thursday — The Long, Lonely Road

 

https://padresramblings.wordpress.com/2019/09/09/the-hope-giver/

 

https://debbiewhittam.wordpress.com/2019/09/09/50-word-thursday-36/

 

https://thesoulsearchersite.wordpress.com/2019/09/09/tiny-tale-61-the-nature-reserve/

 

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50 Words Thursday #36

 

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/09/10/50-word-thursday-36-how-many-roads/

Deb Whittam, of the blog Twenty Four, who created this challenge originally, has agreed to co-host this challenge with me. I am honoured to hand the baton over to Debbie, who will post this week’s 50 Word Thursday Challenge!

Deb, over to you 🙂

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/spicy/

 

 

 

 

50 Word Thursday #36 – How many Roads?

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He travelled alone, his pack on his back,

stumbling along the dusty old track,

though he’d naught to his name,

he felt glad, all the same,

for he had some things he’d sure hate to lose,

A tune in his head and a good pair of shoes.

Promises of youth had turned traitor and fled,

Replaced by the certainty of another road to tread.

He built his fires in a thousand places

and remembered the love on a good many faces,

and slept on the banks of rivers.

wrapped in a coat to hold back his shivers,

 The grass grew over his tracks,

time took its toll leaving no time to relax,

 but he knew where they were when he came again

his memories sharp, with feelings of pain,

And though he’d travelled,  long and far,

he stopped by the roadside and took out his guitar.

And strummed, his voice clear, his face gave a frown,

and sang, “How many roads must a man walk down?”

His tenor tones rang out as he grimaced and grinned,

but found no answer at all blowing in the wind.

How many roads to forget what he saw?

How many roads?

Always one more.

[200 Words]

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 10th September 2019

 

This poem was written for the 50 Word Thursday Challenge which ends Wednesday afternoon, so you still have time to take part if you want to. Click on the link below:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/50-word-thursday-36/

 

I have also included the following word prompts:

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/09/10/traitor/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/09/10/rdp-tuesday-guitar/