50 Word Thursday – Running Towards Freedom

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“I took a deep breath, put my hand on the doorknob and unlocked the door.” – Christiana Miller – Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She’s Dead

 

The lighthouse had been a beacon of hope for many years for those adrift on the rough seas. It had guided vessels to safe harbour and prevented many a sailor from ending up in an obituary.

People had become dependent on the light and for that reason, I have sacrificed my life for the greater good. I have remained in the lighthouse ensuring the beacon remained lit, for ten years I have toiled and seen no one. I have lived a life of solitude and now my tenure has ended and I can leave, my place was taken by a new victim.

I found myself feeling scared, vulnerable and delicate. My heart raced and my breath turned shallow and fast as panic threatened to overwhelm me like a tidal wave.

Then, I took a deep breath, put my hand on the doorknob and unlocked the door and ran towards freedom.

[150 words]

This story was written for the 50 Word Thursday Challenge, This week hosted by Deb Whittam, click on the link below to see her post:

https://debbiewhittam.wordpress.com/2020/03/20/50-word-thursday-64/

 

I have also included the following word prompts:

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2020/03/24/obituary/

FOWC with Fandango — Dependent

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2020/03/24/your-daily-word-prompt-adrift-ydwordprompt-march-24-2020/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2020/03/24/rdp-tuesday-delicate/

 

 

Twittering Tales – To appreciate the Cage, you need to be outside.

Photo by Tony Dinh at Unsplash.com

They appeared overnight. No one knew who’d hung the cages across the street. Someone with too much leisure time, no doubt.

The street artist turned from the gawping crowd, the look of enjoyment clear on her face.

The message was to appreciate your freedom before it’s too late.

[278 Character]

 

This story was written for Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales Challenge, see the link below:

Twittering Tales #129 – 26 March 2019

 

I have also included the following word prompts:

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/your-daily-word-prompt-leisure-march-26-2019/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/enjoyment/

 

Multiple Word Prompt Poem – Imagination or Prediction?


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I stand at the horizon,

And see a strange new dawn.

A soldier filled with compassion

No longer behaves like a pawn.

They release a poor animal

Caught in a heinous trap,

And decides to fight for freedom

Not for lines drawn on a map.

It’s not real, just my imagination’s show,

But I have faith that one day soon, it may become  so.

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 24/November/2018

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2018/11/24/imagination/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2018/11/24/your-daily-word-prompt-horizon-november-24-2018/

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2018/11/24/daily-writing-challenge-nov-24/

Faith, fight, freedom

Flash Fiction Challenge – The Fugitives

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Michelle De Angelis. 

 

They’d received word that the fugitives were heading their way, so he gave the order to raise the bridge and put all his men on red alert.

The soldiers donned their black body armour and brandished their guns in preparation to terminate the targets. The orders were clear. Shoot on contact.

These fugitives called themselves freedom fighters. When will they learn that resistance is futile? The will of the Council is paramount, the greater good must prevail. No alternative doctrine can be tolerated. Freedom? independence? what point is all that next to prosperity? The council had brought prosperity to those who were faithful to their cause. Let the rest starve. The Bridge Commander waited eagerly for his moment to shine. He would be the one responsible for annihilating these rebel scum.

He watched the road. In the distance, he could see dust rising from a small convoy. They were ready.

Behind him, on the river, a yacht sailed under the open bridge and out to sea carrying those last few guardians of freedom to safety.

[175 words]

 

This story was written in response to the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers challenge.

See here for details.

https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/fffaw-challenge-187th/

 

321 Quote Me – “Expression”

Well that great Guy Called Bloke has nominated me to take part in this 321 challenge.

321 Quote Me

He is taking a break now until August and I wish him all the best. Please take this opportunity to have a look at his blog.

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Rules: 3.2.1 Quote Me!

Thank the Selector

Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.

Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

Note: Although this is the topic for today there is no specific deadline to it, meaning you can answer as and when.

So I would like to thank A Guy Called Bloke for nominating me for this challenge, for being a great Blogging buddy and for just being himself.

Topic For Today: ”Expression”

I have been cursed with one of those ‘tell all’ faces. I can’t play poker and I certainly can’t hide what I am thinking and feeling inside. I wish I could have a face that showed less expression but I’m afraid I am stuck with it. Maybe the wind changed?

Freedom of Speech or Freedom of Expression is quite a popularly discussed subject. It is often the excuse used by racists for expressing their hateful views and expecting their victims to ‘suck it up’. Freedom of expression cannot and should not apply to Hateful people who wish to incite further hatred.

But this guy (below) does have a point.

 

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Have a think for a moment. We all have views and opinions and that is all well and good, but do you respect and accept other people have different views to yours? Are you happy with them expressing them?

Do you have friends who vote for a different party? Or hold a very different view with regards to other issues of the day? We should be able to accept and respect others and have friends we can have an open and friendly discussion with. If you answered those questions as NO, then maybe you need to consider the fact that YOU do not believe in Freedom of Expression at all, unless it’s yours…..

I’m being rather controversial, aren’t I?

Well maybe you’d like this quote better:

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My Nominees:

Christine Bolton of:

https://poetryforhealing.com/2018/07/19/confusion/

Dee Kelly of:

Is He Following Me at the Park?

and The Rendezvous Club

https://thinkingclearly483645316.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/unconditionally-2/

Feel no pressure to take part if you don’t want to, but if you think the subject is interesting, they why not have a go?

 

All the best

🙂

 

The Empathy of Aliens – A multiple Word Prompt Story.

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/three-things-challenge-4-july-2018/

Declaration, freedom, fireworks

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/your-daily-word-prompt-mellifluous-july-4th-2018/

Celebrate

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/independence-2/

Independence

FOWC with Fandango — Fireworks

Fireworks

The Empathy of Aliens

‘When did it all go wrong?’ General Anderson asked herself. 

‘We started off trying to defend our freedom and independence but somehow along the way we have lost ourselves.’

She didn’t voice those concerns out loud. She was sitting at a desk and opposite her was a representative of the enemy. This alien species that had come from nowhere to take over the earth, or reclaim it, so they said. They were tall and willowy with huge heads and pointed craniums. They claimed to have come to earth 6000 years before and had taught the earthlings about agriculture, farming, irrigation and how to build great monuments. They claimed to have taught the Mayans, the Egyptians and other ancient civilisations all their secrets. 

Continue reading The Empathy of Aliens – A multiple Word Prompt Story.