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The Exam

This short fiction story was written for a challenge over at Tales from the mind of Kristian.

Rules are quite easy should you decide to take on this challenge. They are as follows:

  • 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!

 

50 word Thursday

 

It was exam time and so many of us classmates were dreading the day. A few of us got together at the local bistro for coffee that day before we went into the university. I think we just wanted to calm each other down beforehand. The professor was a bit of a jerk and most of us felt he would take pleasure in seeing a few of us fail. Maybe we were just being paranoid, but it was the snarky attitude in his voice that we all hated.

“Okay we’d better get going, we don’t want to be late or he’ll take points off,” I said.

So off we went to the torture chamber (Science Lab), or so it seemed. Much to our surprise when we entered the lab there were no students there and no Mr. Jackass.

After we waited there for an hour and more students had arrived someone of authority came in and told us that Mr. Jackass had a misfortunate accident and our exam was canceled until further notice, and we’d be contacted by email for the new exam date.

You’d think that we’d won the lottery. Off we all went to the bar to celebrate.

200 Words

©  Susan Zutautas

 

 

Bacon with Peppers, Onions, and Garlic Served over Pasta

A delicious pasta dish made with bacon, onions, sweet peppers, and lots of garlic.

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Lost – #Tanka #Tuesday

The following tanka was written for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge.

 

Tanka Tuesday

Image Credit: © Ritu Bhathal

 

 

Disoriented

On a chilly winter’s night

The moon is hiding

I see lights in the distance

Hoping someone will help me

 

© Susan Zutautas 2020

 

 

Poem for Bear – What do you see #17

This children’s poem was written for a challenge over at Keep it Alive called What do you see.

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Image Credit; Lisa Fotios- Pixabay

 

 

There was a bear upon my bed

He looked like a sleepyhead

I picked him up and said hello

He said to me please don’t go

Where did you come from little bear

I don’t know somewhere out there

I’d love to stay with you and play

But I must go to school today

Please take me with you he said

I don’t want to stay here on this bed

I picked him up and off flew

We make such a lovely two

©Susan Zutautas 2020

Valentine’s Rose

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Image by Susan Zutautas

 

Magnificently

Beautiful valentine’s rose

Fragile soft petals

 

© Susan Zutautas 2020

 

This haiku was written for the February photo a day challenge. 

 

 

 

Found Letters – Flash Fiction

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This was written for this week’s Flash Fiction Challenge over at Carrot Ranch.

February 13, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes a sugar report. Use its original meaning of a letter from a sweetheart to a soldier, or invent a new use for it. Go where the prompt leads!

 

Jenny was cleaning out her mom’s house after she’d died and came across a stack of letters tied together. She was curious to find out who they were from, so she settled into a big comfy chair and was shocked as soon as she started to read them. They were from a man in the army and from the written words she could tell that he was in love with her mother and planned to marry. After putting two and two together Jenny found out that this man was her father who never returned from the war. Tears flowed.

 

 

Friends

The warmth of the sun ignites my passionThe smile on your face embraces my heartYour arms that hold me protect me from harmMy love for you intensifies day by day (2)

 

This was written for Friday, 5 lines or less over at Patricia’s Place.

Using the word friends
Write a story or poem of 5 Lines or Less
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Found Guilty

Originally written on February 14, 2014. Today I’m sharing this for Fandango’s Friday Flashback. 
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FOUND GUILTY!

I was found guilty of committing the crime
A repeat offender – I’ve done years of time
A life sentence now, plus a few
Doing the time, for the crime
I’ve committed with you
 
Not all perfect, I’ll be the first to say
But all so worth it, every last day
Never wanting it to end
You’re my lover and my best friend
We met, we married, we’ve had such fun
Raised three boys
We’ve both wanted to run
 
You’ve stuck with me through all of the pain
Even when I was driving you insane
We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, but never
Has our love once died
So Ha, ha, to the relatives who said,
We’d not survive
Yes, I’ll admit here today,
I’m still guilty of committing the crime
If I could go back and change one thing
All I’d want is a bigger diamond ring (giggles)
Happy Valentine’s Day Al
My lover, my partner in crime
My BEST PAL, of all time
© Susan Zutautas 2014

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Poem – Just For Fun

This is a poem I wrote back in 2011. I thought I’d share it for Friday.
Don’t bring me roses or chocolates tonight
Bring me diamonds that glitter in the moonlight
A Mercedes would be nice as well
Rack the cards, the house we can sell
Don’t forget that cruise you promised
This weekend off we go to the Bahamas
Mumm champagne will do just fine
Before we go out, of course, to dine
Caviar is expected
Forget it and you’ll be rejected
If you insist on bringing home candy
Please  make sure they are filled with brandy
To top the night off, I will have to insist
 that you give me a back rub, I will not resist

Before I go, darling, there is one more thing

Make sure the diamond is a four-carat ring!

© 2011 Susan Zutautas
Just to let you know, I wrote this just for fun as the title says. I as well as many others I am sure are sick to death of Special Days and holidays being over-commercialized. Spend, spend, spend no, no, no. There are many ways you can show your love for someone on Valentine’s Day without lavishing them with gifts.

The Plant – Six Sentence Story

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Image by Olya Adamovich from Pixabay

 

Joe was off to the plant.

He moved so fast you’d think there were ants in his pants.

When he got there the parking lot was bare.

He realized it was Sunday and he did swear.

He could have slept in, then he grinned, and off he drove fast as the wind.

When he got home, he went back to bed and slept all day … like the dead.

© Susan Zutautas 2020

 

This was written for the Six Sentence Story challenge over at GirlieOnTheEdge’s Blog.

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Come back here on Thursday, link your post…
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers ��

PROMPT WORD: PLANT