Prompted: Something for Nothing

The funeral had been a disaster, what with their children screaming at his retreating form.  According to them, he was responsible for their mother getting cancer.  Everyone tried to hush the teenagers, but the accusations rang in his ears.  Every time it seemed the tears had run out, it would not be long before he... Continue Reading →

Prompted: As Fast as You Can

It was good to be home after a bad day.  Ty entered the kitchen from the side door, but was surprised that there were no smells of dinner having been cooked.  Disappointed, he went to the freezer and picked through the frozen fare.  His mother kept buying this stuff in spite of a determination that... Continue Reading →

Prompted: A Tempting Offer

Toby skidded around the corner, ducking down another alley.  The bruisers didn’t look like runners, but he couldn’t take the chance of being wrong.  Speed was of the essence and reaching the street would be safe.  Toby did everything they demanded, turning over the money required.  Why was he being pursued again? Barreling into another... Continue Reading →

Prompted: “Temptation”

She walked in silence, wandering among the tombstones, reading what epithets were chiseled into the stone.  The solitude and early morning mist comforted her.  Graveyards never felt lonely to the girl, not with so many to keep you company. The graveyard was not large enough for her.  She ran out of tombstones far too quickly. ... Continue Reading →

Prompted: “Don’t be early…”

Of all days to be early, he thought. The train was late.  It never was, but here he stood, 20 minutes of waiting. MacKenzie was always punctual.  His grandfather had raised him to be.  It was a matter of integrity, he had said, so MacKenzie always remained conscious of this lesson.  He looked after his... Continue Reading →

Prompted: “Nan”

Nan was their life.  The siblings thought the small, fierce woman would never die.   She never talked of her life before grandfather brought her home as his wife.  All they knew of her life was that she came from Scotland.  Instead, she shared with them stories from the country, sometimes folklore and other times bits... Continue Reading →


I have again had a great deal of trouble writing, so it's time for something new. The series Prompted will be stories built upon writing prompts that I have been collecting for some time. I figure it was a good time to put them to use. Getting my brain to function is a necessity as... Continue Reading →

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