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Working Together

june 13 flash fiction

This was written for a flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch.  In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about the work of many hands. Is it a cooperative effort or something else? Go where the prompt leads!

 

Did you know that when I was a boy, my dad, your grandfather had a hand in the landscaping of Botanical Gardens? He loved working with his hands not only in construction but gardening too.

In the East end of Montreal, there was a plot of land just sitting there empty that belonged to the city. My dad got permission to start a community garden to grow vegetables.

Every weekend that is where I’d find him and many of our neighbors working together growing all kinds of vegetables.

We didn’t have much money and that garden helped feed us.

 

©Susan Zutautas 2019

 

 

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Encased in Clay

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This poem is written for What do you See challenge over at Willow Poetry.

 

I died a very long time ago

Encased in clay, broken, total dismay

Now here I stand with head in hands

Staring blankly across the lands

My soul is still alive

Even though my body died

I stand in wait

Wanting to be taken to the gate

Yearning for my soul to be set free

Will it ever be?

 

©Susan Zutautas 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Taking Care of Family

This short story is for Six Sentence Story over at Denise’s.

The word prompt is EXTENSION. 

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Image by Frank Winkler from Pixabay 

We’d packed up all her things loaded them onto a truck and headed for the Canadian border.

Being a snowbird for mother was now over as she was getting too old to be in Florida by herself and needed us to take care of her.

Luckily, we were able to renovate and add living quarters onto our house for her as there was no way we’d put her in a retirement or nursing home.

“It’s sure taking a long time to get there, can’t you drive a bit faster, you’ve got to be going under the speed limit,” mom said with a slight hint of sarcasm on the third day of the journey.”

“Here we are, this is our exit mom, we’ll be home in a few minutes.”

When we reached the driveway mom immediately noticed the extension on the side of the house and said, “Oh my, you’ve outdone yourselves this time, I can’t wait to see the inside.”

 

©Susan Zutautas 2019

 

 

Ocean Waves – Flash Fiction

This week’s flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch is:  In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that makes a big splash. It can be fluid, or you can play with the idiom (to make a big splash is to do or say something that becomes unforgettable). Go where the prompt leads!

June 6 flash

 

The waves were splashing against the shore and it was the perfect time for bodysurfing. Sandy just needed to get out a little farther to ride them in. What she wasn’t expecting though was that there was a strong undercurrent and on her second ride in, down she went, under the water, the undertow dragging her across the sand. She felt as if she was about to drown and knew she had to fight her way back to shore.  Disorientation caused Sandy to stay underwater not knowing that she was close to shore until she bumped into another person.

 

©Susan Zutautas 2019

 

 

 

Trees In Bloom

This post is for Sunday Trees – 395 over at Becca’s.

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This tree is from my neighbor’s yard and smells heavenly.

Lilacs in Bloom

This post is for FOTD, Flower of the Day.

June 8 FOTD

Once I see my lilacs in bloom I know that summer is truly coming.

FOTD Lilacs

I Could Never Tell a Lie

I’m a little late with this post. Hell, I’m almost a week late!
This post is written for Fibbing Friday over at The Haunted Wordsmith.

Fibbing Friday

  1. What did the fan say? Turn me on baby, I’ll heat you up.
  2. What really kicks off summer? Hot Buttered Rum and roasted chestnuts.
  3. Who rules the world? If we are not careful it may end up being Trump 😦
  4. What is the best thing to do to someone who snores? Put a pillow over their face and press hard.
  5. Who/what was your last unexpected house guest? The Queen Bee.
  6. How does a blanket keep warm? It imagines itself on a very hot beach.
  7. Why shouldn’t you snoop? Because last time I did someone tried to kill me.
  8. What is the worst thing that could happen to you? I’d win the lottery and pay off all my bills and mortgage.
  9. What did the gopher and mole do when they met? They mated of course and went underground.
  10. What lurks in your backyard? Attack squirrels and Leo the lion.
  11. What is the best way to torture someone? Lick them to death.

Please Don’t Make Me Exercise

This was written for Six Sentence Story hosted by Denise.

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Image by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay

 

Whenever I exercise, I feel like I’m going to die.

Swimming laps is fun to do, try them, you might like them too.

Running around the track at school, made me feel like such a fool.

I would go once around, then you’d see me, laying on the ground.

Track and field was not my thing, I’d prefer to sit and sing.

When I’m told to exercise, always I ask, can I improvise.

 

©Susan Zutautas 2019

Kitty’s Dilemma

Kitty cat, her dad, and Tomcat reach an agreement about marriage.

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Flying With The Goose

This post was written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #16.

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Stine86Engel@pixabay.com.

 

Flying higher and higher into the clouds we’d go

Feeling as free as a bird, a goose, not a crow

We’d meet at midnight on the rooftop

I’d climb on her back and we wouldn’t stop

All night long we’d swoop, climb and soar

History in the making for folklore

 

©Susan Zutautas 2019