Storm

I swim the peaceful waters, while gale-force winds swirl around me. A brutal storm of chaos and mayhem. Corruption and abuse with cries for justice and freedom. But, what can be done? Nothing. For victory lies in the hands of the powerful. Like a cyclone, it gathers strength and waits patiently to descend and devour,…

Missing

Another smooth landing on the calm waters of the glacier lake.  It was good to be home.  I hated going to town, but I needed supplies.  The gossip this time around was all about the missing woman.  She was nice enough but her husband was a brute. I added my two cents. “Maybe he did it!”…

Second Chance

Melody shuffled aboard the train and slumped into her seat. Earlier that day, she received the bad news. I gave up so much for this job! She had moved away from family and put marriage on hold.  Closing her eyes, Melody slept.  She woke to the conductor calling. “Corfe Station!” A wave of déjà vu…

A Mother’s Sacrifice

This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story. The photo this week was taken by Roger Bultot. If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers…

Colors

“So, why are you here, Alina?” the counselor asked. I said, “Whenever I touch someone, I can tell what they are feeling by the color they emit.  I’ve had this gift for years.  But, recently, when I bump into some people on the street, a pulsating black cloud covers their faces, then blows away in a crackling…

Safe

Aisha dreamed of marrying Sammid, but she was promised to her cousin, Jovan.  Aisha and Sammid were drawn to each other.  After a night of passion, Aisha found herself pregnant. She knew she must run or risk the wrath of her family.  Arriving in the nearest, safest country, she declared “Asylum!”  Agonizing months later, her claim…

Unseen

Lydia dreamed of performing on stage.  It took years of training and much sacrifice.  Now, she stands center-stage, wondering why she continues, until the graceful notes of the piano break the silence.  The silkiness of the violin wakes.  Embraced by the music, her body moves as the curtain lifts.  Amidst the rise and fall of…

Arrival Hall

Jody nervously waited in the Arrival Hall, watching the tearful reunions of others.  Those unguarded moments of pure joy when reuniting with loved ones. Would it be the same for her? He had been gone for years.  She understood.  His work was important and it stole him away to all parts of the world.  She…

Walkers

A fire roars in the wood stove and the teapot whistles. Outside, twigs snap and dry leaves crumble under their approaching feet. They are close.  My boat waits on the river. I empty my cup of mint tea.  It was her favorite. “Goodbye, Hannah.” Tied at the wrist to the bedpost, she writhes against her restraints…

Noisy Neighbor

Climbing the steps to her neighbor’s second-floor front porch, Ethel breathed heavily. Thump, thump, thump, she dragged the axe behind her. Her hand shook as she turned the doorknob to Agnes’s flat and crossed the threshold. Ethel finally had her chance. She raised the axe and brought it down over and over. The more she…

Storms

His pesky sister, Talia, yells from their hut. “What ‘ya doin’ up there in that tree, Fetu?” Ignoring her, he shimmies up to a higher branch. Will Sefina wait for me or will she marry Lagi?  With a storm on the horizon, Fetu’s father forbade him taking the outrigger and crossing the strait to her…

Whisper of Doubt

Abby glanced from Lizzy to her mother.  Her voice rose.  “Mama, is Lizzy chubby or fat?” Lizzy watched with rounded eyes, waiting to hear the pronouncement from Abby’s mother. “Oh, Abby.  Lizzy is both chubby and fat.”  Abby and her mother broke into mouth-wide-open laughter as they sauntered away.  Tears pooled in Lizzy’s eyes.  She blinked…