In The Hole

I was on my own now, only the fire’s flame keeping me company. Well, that and ants marching through a gap in the stones. I reached down to touch them, intruding on their world. They hurriedly and excitedly split up their formation, scrambling every which way in the light of the fire.

My fingers were numb now, but the burning sensation in my hands from the night’s cold temperatures was still a fresh memory. 

I wrote my goodbyes on the cave walls with the ashes from the fire. I was longing for my family that I would never see again.

Seized

The boys tried to plead with their captors. “Free us!” But where would they go? Trapped on a ship sailing the Philippine Sea, they could crave their freedom, but then what? They’d actually only get as far as the ledge of the boat.

Their situation tested their will. Cursing their fate, they angrily rattled the chain connecting them. “Why did we let them steal us from our families? Wouldn’t you rather be dead than enslaved?” The boys thought of the games that distracted them, leading to their imprisonment. 

Just then, the main doors opened. It was the infamous Christopher Columbus!

Pressure

My head began to spin as I tried to grip the loom to keep myself from falling. Slowly, I regained composure. But then, I dared to glimpse at the stain on the pattern again, making me anxious. I could hear the past in the crack of my bones as I began to tense up and curl into a ball. Lord, what is wrong with me?? I felt light and heavy simultaneously as my thoughts began to whirl and slowly creep out of control. 

I began to wonder who would pick up the slack on the production line. My abuser, maybe?

Dreaming Big

Looking at the beautiful people around me, I could only exhale wonder. It was hard to pretend this wasn’t the perfect chance for my big break! Possessing the style and the panache to make it in this fickle business would propel me closer to my dreams of fame and stardom. I just needed to make a few choice connections. 

WHAT?? I can’t believe Lady Gaga walks right by me! LADY GAGA! I felt the rhythm of my heartbeat change, and I failed to close my drooling mouth as this legendary woman was only inches from me.

I began to shake

The Help

“Now, take yourself a deep breath, Sandy.” Who would have thought Willow would cause such a stir with her pot usage and betray her family’s trust by using the guard assigned to her to get it for her? My god, that girl’s ego! Her erratic behavior has gotta end. But sadly, she will always forgive her daughter. As her maid, I saw it time and time again.

“Ok, focus on slowing down and getting your thoughts in order. You need to destress and be kind to yourself, Mama,” rubbing her back and holding her as she slowly began to relax.

To The Ends Of The Earth

Creeping dangerously close to the edge of the ridge, right to where the wafer crumbs ended, Josh did not feign being ill at ease. He was terrified, realizing his window of opportunity was closing. He dried the sweat off his brow and touched his ring for luck, hoping an elegy wasn’t in his future.

Josh got his equipment ready; a steady rant of expletives accompanied his efforts. He began to wince as he jammed his finger. His memories made him manic to find Julie. Josh could still feel her warm embrace during the waltz at their wedding. He ached so.

Award-Worthy

Inspired by Moonwashed Weekly Prompt – Stupendous & Reena’s Exploration Challenge #253

Enough already!! What the hell is going on? Why doesn’t the phone ring stop? I’ve pressed all buttons.

Because once you hang up on one, the next one comes in. That happens when you produce something stupendous; everyone wants your ear to make the next big deal, feature you, or showcase you for their benefit. Revel in it, darling, for you may end up a one-hit-wonder. There’s been a ton since the beginning of the music industry. You know how this business is—so fickle. So enjoy this while it lasts, and for goodness’ sake, start working on your next hit!

Awful Reveal

The wound on my arm looked like a carving. I could barely stand, seeing my torn, ravaged flesh. I knew I had to flee now, but all I could was drop to my knees in terror, my heart thumping maniacally. The ground beckoned me to lie down and close my eyes. However, my breath wanted to rage at the moon as the signs of my evolution became evident. I snarl fiercely, and my fear turns to pity for those who would engage this slow reveal of monstrous proportions. I predict many awful things will happen.

It’s not my fault, though. 

On The Edge

I was holding on to my sanity by a mere thread; each step on the rope bridge challenged me to remain composed enough to prevent me from howling out a blood-curdling scream. It was a miracle that I made it to the other side intact. Seeing the shed at the edge of the woods helped clear my head. Since the start, it felt like my head and body would break from the challenges I encountered. But what amazing stories I would be able to tell!

Now to see if I broke my wrist. I sure hope the doctor is close.

It Happened One Night – A Reboot

With nothing to throw between us, I was hard-pressed to figure out how to give us the privacy we required at this time. Naturally, with our history, our sleeping arrangements felt awkward.

Regardless, our anxiety finally calmed, attaining a lull under the backdrop of a rising moon; we were both soon asleep in the space we had created.

But our slumber was interrupted by what sounded like an old victrola playing a scratchy, broken record, droning on loudly. However shaken we felt, we remained mute as we watched a shadow pass by us gracefully, totally in step with the music.