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The Gift of Life

It’s storytime once again over at Carrot Ranch.

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes the greatest gift. Answer it as if it were a question, or show what it could be. Go where the prompt leads you!

 

Sept 12 Flash Fiction

The gift of life

Was given to me

Not once, not twice, but three times

Cancer can be a killer

I’ve escaped it

I am forever grateful

I’ve fought hard over the years

To survive and the fighting paid off

I will never give in to this horrible disease

That takes far too many lives every day

Remission does not mean it won’t come back

If it does, I will do battle again

Miracles happen

I’m proof of that

Live each day as if it were your last

Whether you’re battling or not

Life is truly the greatest gift

© Susan Zutautas 2019

 

 

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This Woman Has True Grit

Let me tell you about a good friend of mine.  When she has something, she wants to do she goes out there and does it. Being achievement-oriented with long term goals she’s full of confidence and creativity. No matter what the situation is, good or bad, Charli will fight for what she believes in for herself and others.  This gal has moxie and has true grit.

 

What’s true grit to you

Someone fighting with their might

For you and for me

 

Courageous as hell

Never giving up or in

Supportive to all

 

Confident

Harmonious

Accepting

Reliable

Loving

Idealistic

 

© Susan Zutautas 2019

 

This was written for a challenge over at Carrot Ranch. In 99 words, no more, no less write about “true grit”.

 

 

It’s All in the Clicks – Flash Fiction

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“I know how to do this, just be quiet”, Mary said to Pete as she listened intently with her stethoscope up against the safe’s dial.

Stopping briefly, Mary said to Pete, “It should only take a few more tries to break this baby.

Frightened as a rabbit Pete replied, “I sure hope so, we’ve been here almost an hour. I need to see my fathers will”.

Hearing the clicks, carefully turning the dial clockwise and counterclockwise, then back again, she knew she had it.

“Voila, Pete. I’ve never met a safe that I couldn’t crack. Dad would be proud”.

 

This was written for a flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch. 

99 Words.

 

 

Night Sky

IWH Haiku challenge #34

All I saw were stars

Astronomically challenged

Someone help me out

 

The vast universe

So many constellations

Are ours to explore

 

Wonderous night sky

Truly beautiful to see

During a clear night

 

© Susan Zutautas 2019

 

This was written for I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #34.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Howls – Haiku

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Image by Hans Benn from Pixabay 

 

Wolves howl to others

Warning, communicating

Moon makes no difference

 

Bloodhounds, beagles, howl

The same way that the wolves do

For different reasons

 

© Susan Zutautas 2019

 

This 2 stanza haiku was written for this week’s Six Sentence Story. The prompt word this week is “Howl”.

Every Picture Tells a Story – It’s a Dogs Life

The Tree Fort
How I want to be a bird up in a tree
Singing songs and chirping, chasing bumblebees
I tried to build a nest, thinking maybe I could fly
Turn into a bird, and soar way up high
Gathered all the leaves and twigs, together to be bound
Now I am exhausted with a tree fort on the ground
Actually, it is quite nice, with all the leaves covering me
I can hide right here escaping, the bath that I so need
Bored
 
We are two dogs that are bored as can be
Lying on the kitchen floor waiting for a treat
A walk would be nice, out in the sun
Go to the park for a little run
The cat is upstairs hiding…….. from us right now
If he’d come down, we could chase him all around
Swimming at the lake would be lots of fun
Guess we’ll just have to wait for the time to come
Trim My Paws
 
Why do you look so shocked that I jumped up here
The groomer made me get on her table, so why can’t I here
I went to school today and got one paw groomed
So get out the scissors and please finish them soon
You saw how she did it, so please give it a try
Make the other ones pretty, I am not shy
One night after obedience training I asked the groomer/trainer how to trim the fur on my dog’s paws and so she took us into her grooming room and showed me on one of her paws. When we got home Magz jumped up onto the table as if to say “Okay now finish the other three”
 
© 2011 Susan Zutautas 
 
 

The Atmosphere and Climate Change

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Image by Jonny Lindner from Pixabay 

Okay, class today we’re going to learn about the atmosphere, does anyone know what atmosphere means?

Billy holds up his hand and answers, I think it has something to do with oxygen and the air that we breathe, and I hear my parents talking all the time about climate change making our weather go all wonky.

Sally speaks up saying, the atmosphere is warming, and I read somewhere that today there’s more oxygen and less carbon dioxide and water vapor than there was in Earth’s early atmosphere.

Heatwaves are more common causing droughts, dangerous floods from more intense rainstorms that are happening and it’s all due to the atmosphere and climate change, said Arthur.

Very good class, Billy, Sally, and Arthur have given us excellent answers. For tomorrow I’d like all of you to write a short story about the atmosphere.

 

This six sentence story was written for a challenge over at GirlieOnTheEdge. Denise’s word prompt this week is “atmosphere”.

 

The Twisted Cross

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Image by alan9187 from Pixabay

 

She yelled at me loud

Obviously, cross today

Twisted story heard

 

What was it you heard?

As I twisted my long hair

The cross is missing

 

From where I asked her

The alters cross at the church

That is a twisted lie

 

© Susan Zutautas 2019

 

This was written for RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #266 Twisted&Cross

 

Windows

Fandango flash fiction

Gazing out window

Watching life passing them by

Wondering outcome

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Dolls in a window

For all passers-by to see

Little girls behold

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Window to our lives

So much passes before us

Not missing anything

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Wanting to escape

Too far to jump to be free

Someone will see us

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© Susan Zutautas 2019

 

These Senryus were written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. 

 

 

 

Sweet Jam – Flash Fiction

August 15 flash fiction

 

Come one, come all to Bellevue’s Last Call Bar and Grill to listen to the sounds of Head First. They’re sure to satisfy your thirst.

Dance the night away with songs from the 1980s unless nine o’clock is past your bedtime. Come on out and rock till you drop.

On horns and flute, we have Mike who can start one sweet jam with the band.

On drums, there’s Chris who will beat to your heart.

Paul takes care of the vocals and he’s a local.

Sing along they don’t mind in fact they think it’s always a good time.

 

Written for a flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch. This weeks prompt is “Sweet Jam”.