Fiction, Haiku, Poetry, Prompt, Writing

June 2020 Writing Prompts by “M”

“M” writes monthly writing prompts showing a new prompt for each day of the month. Click here for the page for this month.

June 19’s prompt is “Nothing makes sense”

Haiku by Tessa Dean

(also known as Teresa Smeigh from www.tessacandoit.com)

nothing makes sense now

the world has been turned upside down

hate the new normal

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Fiction, Prompt, Writing

Friday Fictioneers – 6/19/20

This is Teresa Smeigh from www.tessacandoit.com writing as Tessa Dean on www.tessadeanauthor.com.

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers

Lucky Painter

By Tessa Dean June 2020

 Susan and Harry, the delivery guy, were indulging in a little afternoon delight. In her haste to be with Harry again, she forgot the men painting the house were right outside. They ripped each other’s clothes off and were admiring each other when two feet appeared on the ladder outside the window. They each grabbed a curtain and pulled it around themselves as best they could before his head appeared. He grinned.

“Hey, Mac, guess what I have here?”

“What man, can’t it wait?”

“The missus and the delivery man are getting it on, and now they’re wearing the curtains!”

*****100 words*****

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Fiction, Prompt, Writing

Thursday photo prompt: Soar #writephoto

Thursday photo prompt: Soar #writephoto

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a sky full of dark, stormy clouds against which four large birds are silhouetted in flight.

Best Friends

By Tessa Dean June 2020

Laura surveyed the rapidly darkening sky and wondered how wise her decision to walk to her best friend, Tina’s, house was. It is a rather long walk, and she had called her mom at work to ask permission since she didn’t have a ride, and Tina’s mother wasn’t home either. The girls hadn’t seen each other for a long time, and they were missing each other.  

Laura tried to figure out just how much longer she had until she made it to Tina’s house. She figured she was maybe halfway there now, but the sky was getting darker still, and she noticed four large birds circling an area up ahead. A strange foreboding came over her. It was something about those birds soaring around up there.

Laura debated going back home. She figured she was halfway there, so that meant she could get to Tina’s just as fast as she could get back home. She already knew she had a ride home.

Large drops of rain started to fall, and Laura picked up her pace. She was almost to where the birds were circling. Now Laura saw what appeared to be a bundle lying on the walkway. She started to go around it when she recognized the bundle was a body, and the coat the body was wearing was Tina’s favorite color.

She stopped, scared to look, but knew she had to. Tina hadn’t mentioned coming to meet her, but she might have decided to since they hadn’t seen each other in such a long time. She looked up to the circling birds, knowing that usually meant a dead object was the subject of their interest down below.

It was a human being. She could now make out arms and legs splayed across the walkway. The hair was blond like Tina’s. Laura was beginning to cry, and she was alarmed. What if the killer was still there? She had to see who it was.

She reached the body, looked around to see if she was still alone, and then turned the body over. The face was bloodied, beaten, and unrecognizable. The coat, she couldn’t miss the coat. It was Tina’s. How many of those coats were around, maybe it was just a coincidence.

She was sure it was a child and not an adult. The body was small in stature. Still, that didn’t mean it was Tina. She pulled out her cell phone and dialed Tina’s phone. There was no answer, and from a pocket below her, the familiar ring that Tina used sounded.

Laura sank to the ground in shock. She forgot that the killer could still be around. Finally, she hung up her phone, effectively shutting off the ring from the pocket.

Coming to her senses, she called 911 and quickly told the 911 operator what had happened and that she was scared that the killer was still around. She didn’t want to leave Tina’s body alone, but the operator advised her to get somewhere safe, and as soon as she alerted the police, she would be back to talk to Laura to make sure she made it to safety.

Laura ran to the first house she saw and rang the bell. A nice lady asked her was wrong. She mumbled through her tears about the murder just up the road.

Sirens sounded in the distance. The lady hugged her close and took her inside.

A man covered in blood came in from the back of the house. Laura gasped at the sight of him and started to scream. She was trying to break free from the woman’s grasp. She had forgotten about the 911 operator who had promised to stay with her on the phone.

There was pounding on the door, and the police shouted, “Open up immediately, this is the police.” Laura was still screaming, and finally, the woman opened the door.

“What’s the problem,” she asked the police. “I was trying to comfort this little girl who told us that she had found her best friend murdered. I don’t know why she’s screaming, though. My husband came in from slaughtering a few chickens for dinner. Oh, the blood all over him.”

She turned to Laura, who had run over to the policemen. “My husband was slaughtering chickens, sweetie. I am so sorry he scared you. Sir, if you look outside, you will see the chickens that he slaughtered.”

One of the policemen took the man’s arm and followed him out to the back of the house. They came back, and the policeman said, “He’s alright, he was slaughtering chickens out back. There is blood everywhere, and the murdered girl had been beaten, not cut with a knife.”

The policemen took Laura’s hand and led her outside and thanked the couple for watching over her. They let the 911 operator know that they had her, and she was safe so she could hang up now.

The crime scene technicians were busy with the evidence, and the body was released. They took Laura and told her to show them where her friend lived. The police hated this part. It was the awful part, letting the family know what happened to their loved one.

Escorting Laura up to the door, they knocked. Laura told them Tina’s mom wasn’t home yet since her car wasn’t in the driveway. The door opened.

Tina stood in the doorway. Laura fainted.

Bringing Laura about, they questioned Tina about her phone being in the murdered victim’s pocket. “Oh,” she said, ”I wondered where that went. My friend Sandy had just left here, and I looked everywhere for it.”

“Tina…,” Laura couldn’t finish her sentence. She was in shock. “I, I, I thought you were dead.”

Tina hugged Laura and said to her, “I am fine, but it seems that my thieving friend Sandy is now dead.” Both girls burst into tears.

***********978 words***********

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Non-Fiction, Prompt, Writing

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #140

This is Teresa Smeigh from www.tessacandoit.com writing from a new blog using a pen name.

Reena’s Exploration Challenge Rules

Actually there are some things I like about the new normal. I like not having to go to the doctor’s office in most cases. I see a lot of doctors and hate driving. Now I just have to use my phone for most of them. Exceptions are dentists, eye doctor’s, ear doctor’s, podiatrists and of course the pain doctor’s injections.

When it comes to shopping I used to go to the large grocery store several times a week, now I have adapted to going once a month when I get paid (SSDI is once a month) and shop for the whole month. I am not eating out and that has cut down on the amount of fast food and even more expensive restaurant eating. It is saving me money.

I have as many prescriptions delivered to me as possible. I have also tried to get as many on the same refill date so that lessens the amount of necessary trips.

Hugging! I am not a hugger. I hate it when people would have to hug hello and then good bye. Social distancing means no more hugging. I do miss hugging and kissing that new little bundle of joy (my grandson), but I can do without the rest. Babies are meant to be hugged and kissed so that is a big con in my book. I watched my grandson be born. I saw him for about a month, maybe two, and then the major shutdown and isolation even from my family.

I had belonged to a writing group that met at the library. I had to stop going as I was told to use a walker at all times and I struggled trying to put the walker into my car so I told them I had to stop coming. It was too hard for me. Then comes the virus, the library shuts down and the group decides to go online for meetings on Zoom. I can now attend. A win for me.

I was always going to Staples for printer ink, paper and calendars. I now order it all online and save myself the trip especially now that I have to take my walker with me everywhere and put it in and take it out of my car for all my errands. Online ordering is so much easier.

Although this doesn’t really pertain to me, they are now allowing people to work from home all the time instead of maybe once a week. Call centers can now work from home. Companies are not going to need to keep those huge offices. People are use to working from home.

I think some good can come out of what is a bad thing.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg