#threethingschallenge, #writephoto, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

Three Things Challenge 556 and The #WritePhoto Challenge

Three Things Challenge 556

Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Below are three things that may, or may not, be related. Simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you.
You can use one, two or all three words in your post, there are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
You can use 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and my logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. You might like to check out some of the other contributions while you’re there.

I schedule the challenge to go out around 6.30 am UK time, but pingbacks have to be approved manually so might not show immediately. This could be because I’m late accessing my blog or due to time differences, but I will get there, I promise!
I look forward to reading your responses, and as always thank you all for your continued support.

Your three words are:

OFFER
PLENTY
POST

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#WritePhoto – RABBIT

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Beach Party Part 38 (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9Part 10Part 11Part 12Part 13Part 14Part 15Part 16Part 17Part 18Part 19Part 20Part 21Part 22Part 23Part 24Part 25Part 26Part 27Part 28Part 29Part 30Part 31Part 32Part 33Part 34Part 35Part 36, Part 37)

By Tessa Dean April 2021

**********Kimberley’s Point of View**********

Kimberley was still trying to absorb the situation involving her sister Cassie. Peter and his mom had arrived by the time Kimberley and Cassie’s mom, Janet Jones, got home from work at quarter after midnight last night. Peter tried to explain exactly what he had seen to Mrs. Jones. Cassie was still not home and she should have been home from work by 10:30 at the latest. Her mom was in shock. At first she went totally silent and didn’t move, even to sit down. Her daughter was in danger and that was all she was able to understand at that point. She licked her lips and stared at Peter as if he could produce her at will. She glanced around, but not really seeing them.

“I don’t understand,” she said after looking at each of them. “Cassie is never late. Cassie wouldn’t go anywhere without letting us know.”

“Mom that is what Peter is trying to tell us. He called me earlier to tell me what he saw and how he had tried to follow the van that she had been shoved into by that miserable rat she knew as Wayne. She was right to worry about him. She canceled the date because she was positive he was up to no good and she really thought he was the one who had sent that drugged candy through the post office. Thankfully that situation didn’t end up as bad as it could have. I have thought about the situation plenty, but I don’t ever remember her talking about where he lived or anything that might help us. That is why we thought his suggestion to meet him at the restaurant was a good one since she would drive herself there and back and not get into what was essentially a stranger’s car. However, I did not see this coming.”

Peter was pacing around the living room, “Look,” he said to Mrs. Jones, continuing to pace, “You have to call the police and somehow convince them that Cassie wouldn’t just disappear. She was always responsible and I am an eye witness although I wish I hadn’t had that accident which prevented me from seeing where they turned. I just know they were on Grant Street and had their left turn signal on although that doesn’t mean they turned left, of course.”

***

Kimberley finally persuaded her mother to call the police. Her mother just couldn’t believe this was happening and kept coming up with reasons why Cassie wasn’t home yet. Everyone that knew Cassie, knew that she was reliable and she certainly wouldn’t just not come home without telling someone. Plus there was Peter’s eyewitness account. He may be immature at times, but he was adamant that he loved Cassie and that she had been kidnapped.

“Do you have a picture of your daughter, Mrs. Jones?” The officer had listened to a very jumbled account of what had happened and even contacted the officer who had been the one to talk to Peter at the accident scene. They had his notes and noted that he didn’t appear to have been drinking so they felt it was a reliable account. The officer dispatched to the restaurant reported that the car was still in the parking lot. They put a boot on it in the hopes that the kidnappers wouldn’t try to remove it. Someone was set out to keep an eye on the car for now just in case they did decide to come back for it.

Peter wasn’t sure of the numbers of the houses where he had the accident, but that was all in the police report. There was the possibility that the vehicle didn’t belong to the person living in that house so finding it with just a description of an old gray van was not going to help much. Peter said it all happened so fast he didn’t have time to think about the license plate number.

“Did she have a cell phone, Mrs. Jones? If she does and it is turned on we might be able to track her by GPS. Sometimes kidnappers don’t think about that.” Mrs. Jones gave them her daughter’s cell phone number. They had tried to call it and it was going right into voice mail so it was probably turned off or the battery was dead.

“If you can think of anything that might help the investigation please call us and if we find something we’ll let you know. I don’t think I have to tell you that time is of the essence.”

***

The next morning looking down into the flower bed, Kimberley saw the child-size set of rabbit glasses. They had been Cassie’s favorites as a child and when their little sister, Margaret arrived, Cassie offered them to her once she became a toddler and she loved them too. Kimberley picked them up and started crying again. This can’t be happening, she shudders just thinking about Cassie being in that position due to that monster who had abducted her.

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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 published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

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

#threethingschallenge, Fiction, Prompt

Three Things Challenge 554 and Friday Fictioneers for 2 APRIL 2021

Three Things Challenge 554

Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Below are three things that may, or may not, be related. Simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you.
You can use one, two or all three words in your post, there are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
You can use 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and my logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. You might like to check out some of the other contributions while you’re there.

I schedule the challenge to go out around 6.30 am UK time, but pingbacks have to be approved manually so might not show immediately. This could be because I’m late accessing my blog or due to time differences, but I will get there, I promise!
I look forward to reading your responses, and as always thank you all for your continued support.

Your three words are:

SAME
WELL
TEMPTATION

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100 Word Flash Fiction from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

PHOTO PROMPT © Jennifer Pendergast  

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Beach Party Part 36 (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9Part 10Part 11Part 12Part 13Part 14Part 15Part 16Part 17Part 18Part 19Part 20Part 21Part 22Part 23Part 24Part 25Part 26Part 27Part 28Part 29Part 30Part 31Part 32Part 33Part 34, Part 35))

By Tessa Dean April 2021

**********Kimberley’s Point of View using the 100 word Friday Fictioneers Photo Prompt**********

Kimberley loved to bake and since she was feeling a little sorry for how rough things had been for Cassie these last few months, she decided to bake her favorite cookies. She knew her little brothers and sister would love them as well.

She realized it was getting late and she had to hurry up and get the kids ready for bed. She was mixing the icing when she heard her phone ring.

She glanced at the screen and saw a text as well. Kimberley, PLEASE take my call it read.

Peter? What in the world did the creep want?

**********Peter’s Point of View**********

“Kimberley, please don’t hang up, please, it’s important.”

“What do you want Peter. I am busy right now.”

“Look, I know you don’t like me and that’s fine, but I think Cassie is in trouble.”

“What do you mean in trouble? How?”

“You may not believe it, but I am still in love with Cassie. Things haven’t been the same without her and well I have been following her hoping to get to talk to her and well tonight I was sitting outside the restaurant waiting for her to come out and for the courage to speak to her, when an old gray van backed into the slot next to her car. You know it is kind of dark in the employee’s parking lot. I watched her come out and head towards her car. A guy got out of the van and she sort of hesitated and then continued walking towards him. Two guys got out of the van and walked behind her and she kind of leaned in like she was going to kiss him, but she sort of fell into him and they shoved her into the van. I swear to God!”

“What are you trying to say Peter? This isn’t funny!”

“I am not trying to be funny. I was just trying to tell the police what I saw and they said they can’t do anything until she is officially listed as missing and teenagers go off on their own all the time. There are a lot of temptations out there. I tried to tell them Cassie wasn’t like that, but they wouldn’t listen to me. I was trying to follow them and had a car in-between so they wouldn’t know I was chasing them and I didn’t see the car in front of me stop suddenly and I lost track of the van when I crashed into the back of the car. I have a rough idea where they were only.”

“Peter are you serious? Please tell me you are not serious. She should have been home about 5 minutes ago. She always lets us know if she’s going to be late or spend the night with a friend.”

“I am dead serious. I love her, I always have. I even got a real job now and work full time at the local department store stocking and doing deliveries and now it is a good thing since I will have to get a new truck since I am sure this one is totaled. Look my mom is about to pick me up, but you have to let your mom know if Cassie doesn’t come home and report her missing immediately. Get the ball rolling on this one now. I am worried.”

“Oh God, Peter, this can’t be happening. Did you get a look at the guys?”

“Not a good one. The first guy was bald. I could see that. The other two looked really rough and bad news.”

“Bald? Oh no! That sounds like Wayne. That was the guy she was supposed to go on a date with and then she chickened out last night. Oh my God, you think he kidnapped her for that? She was really beginning to think he was bad news and backed out of the date at the last moment. What am I going to tell my Mom?”

“Tell her what I told you and tell the police. I will go over the story with them again if you need me to. I would do anything for Cassie. I love her, Kimberley, I really do.”

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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 published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

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

#threethingschallenge, #writephoto, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

Three Things Challenge 548 and The #WritePhoto Challenge

Three Things Challenge 548

Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Below are three things that may, or may not, be related. Simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you.
You can use one, two or all three words in your post, there are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
You can use 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and my logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. You might like to check out some of the other contributions while you’re there.

I schedule the challenge to go out around 6.30 am UK time, but pingbacks have to be approved manually so might not show immediately. This could be because I’m late accessing my blog or due to time differences, but I will get there, I promise!
I look forward to reading your responses, and as always thank you all for your continued support.

Your three words are:

PROXIMITY
ROW
STRUGGLING

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#WritePhoto – TABLE

Top of the table by KL Caley
For visually challenged writersthe image shows a white table in a woodland with 9 chairs. The bottom of the table is the largest chair, each chair gradually gets smaller and smaller until you get to a tiny child’s chair at the top/head of the table.

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Beach Party Part 29 (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9Part 10Part 11Part 12Part 13Part 14Part 15Part 16Part 17Part 18Part 19Part 20Part 21Part 22Part 23Part 24Part 25Part 26Part 27, Part 28)

By Tessa Dean March 2021

**********Wayne’s Point of View**********

“I can just imagine Cassie now gearing up for a big row about me not calling her or returning her calls often enough. She seems the type to harp on a subject. Although she won’t be in any condition to fight about anything right away,” Wayne tells his two life-long friends, Rocky and Butch. He unconsciously fingers the bottle again.

**********Cassie’s Point of View**********

“Hey Kimberley come look at this. I don’t remember that strange table being in the park a few weeks ago when I was over there. From its proximity, I would have thought we would have noticed it either from this window or coming in and out of the apartment.”

Kimberley was struggling to remember if she had noticed it before or not. It sure was a strange table. “Do you think someone might be having some kind of party over there? I would expect a picnic table in the woods though.

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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 published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

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

#threethingschallenge, #Whatdoyousee, Book, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

An FYI on my current writing

I started my very first novel in July 2020 and then rewrote it for November 2020 NANOWRIMO. Now I have gone through the beta readers and am editing it prior to getting a professional edit. I will not be publishing this book for you to buy, but once done it will be published on this blog in its entirety. This one novel has now become a series. I created a fictional small town and these will be their mysteries and murders.

Books two and three are partially started and that is what you have been reading on here although these serial prompts (as I call them) are not the total story and may change while actually doing the full writing for the book. You are seeing bits of it. They will also be published on this blog eventually.

I want people to enjoy my writing, but regular publishing, both traditional and Indie, aren’t for me right now due to financial considerations. BUT I still want people to enjoy them.

These two serial prompts are brought about by:

“The three things challenge”

Rochelle’s “Friday Fictioneers”

Sadje’s “What Do You See?” Look under categories

Reena”s “Exploration Challenge”

Sammi’s “Weekend Writing Prompt”

New to Writing – #WritePhoto

These are just some of the prompts I follow (and can use for these stories), but not all of them can be used in my current work. Check them out if you like writing to prompts. These are some of my favorites, but my favorites are not limited to these particular ones. There are so many prompt sites out there, but I can’t write for them all sadly, especially if I want to write books too. I have about 8 books planned for this series so far. Some of them are old NANOWRIMO books I never finished or did anything with and some like books two and three are made from serial prompts. And actually book one uses many of my older serial prompts put together to form the story.

And for anyone looking for horror prompts, my friend Laura Nettles has 100 of them on her blog.

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 published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

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

#threethingschallenge, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

Three Things Challenge 532 and “What Do You See?”

Three Things Challenge 532

Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Below are three things that may, or may not, be related. Simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you.
You can use one, two or all three words in your post, there are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
You can use 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and my logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. You might like to check out some of the other contributions while you’re there.

I schedule the challenge to go out around 6.30 am UK time, but pingbacks have to be approved manually so might not show immediately. This could be because I’m late accessing my blog or due to time differences, but I will get there, I promise!
I look forward to reading your responses, and as always thank you all for your continued support.

Your three words are:

TINY
AGES
BOUNCE

And from Sadje, the photo is:

Image credit; Jayson Hinrichsen @ Unsplash

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Beach Party Part 13 (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9Part 10Part 11, Part 12)

By Tessa Dean March 2021

Cassie changed out of her uniform and into jeans and a colorful top that barely covered her midriff. She was done work early today since she took the early shift and after that little tiff with the customer she just wanted out of there. She decided to walk home rather than call someone for a ride. She had a lot of thinking to do and the walk would help her clear her head.

She pulled her cell phone out of her pocket and it fell, and bounced on the sidewalk. Oh great, she thought, hopefully the screen hasn’t cracked.

She called some friends and asked them to meet her at Ronnie’s house. She wanted to talk to them. Why can’t I have tiny problems? Why must everything be so difficult.

***

Cassie faced Ronnie, Winston, Charlie and Marianne. She was pulling on her hair which was now out of its ponytail that she had to wear for work. Aware of the shortness of her midriff top, she put her arms down at her side.

Ronnie had a huge sectional couch and Cassie envied it since she had four siblings all of which were under-age and they only had a tiny couch, which was barely big enough to hold a few of them. The four of her friends stared at her questioningly. “Where’s Peter,” Marianne asked, just now realizing he was missing.

“I have to talk to you guys and I don’t know how you are going to feel about this, but it is time to get it over with. As you know Peter and I had a big fight and I have refused to see him since he almost punched me in the face, not to mention his lack of a job and that we don’t date like a normal couple since he has no money except the little bit of gas money he makes off his mother for doing odd jobs. I told him that if he didn’t get a job we were through and I also told him that he had better never, ever try to punch me again. As you know he still isn’t working and so I have decided that I must move on.”

They all started talking at once and Cassie had no idea what they were saying. “Guys. cool it!” Cassie shouted and felt tears prickle behind her eye lids. She had wanted to do this without crying, but it didn’t look like that was going to happen.

“I know we have been friends for ages and I always thought that Peter and I would end up together. However, he showed me a side of himself that I can’t live with. I am afraid of him and I know he has no intention of getting a job and being a dependable boyfriend either. I told him to stay away if he can’t follow a few rules and he just stays away. Sooo…”

All four of her friends just stare at her. No one says a word. They are all waiting for her to finish what she had started. “Cassie, I am so sorry. I always thought you and Peter were together for life. I know you have told me things in confidence and I haven’t told anyone else, but I really thought you two would work it out,” Ronnie finally says to break the silence that had come up between them. “You know I told you that you should find someone else to date. I know a lot of the boys in school are interested in you.”

“Ronnie you mean well and you are right, however, I am through with high school kids. Tonight at the restaurant I met a guy. He is slightly older than us. He looks like he works in a fancy job. He was dressed up and well he has the most gorgeous blue eyes and a shaved head. He looks so cool with his head bald.”

Cassie takes a breath and then continues, “I had a really bad experience which he witnessed and he helped me calm down and then he asked me if I had a boyfriend. I said sort of and he says there is no sort of. It is yes or no and he asked me out. I told him all about Peter and how I was afraid to break it off as we have been together forever and he asked me if I wanted to stay in that situation all of my life or move on. He gave me a business card with his cellphone and asked me out for a date this coming Sunday. The only thing is that I have to be completely free of Peter. No other boyfriends and he doesn’t have any other girl friends.”

Her friends are just staring at her, no one saying a word. They are waiting for her to tell them what she planned to do. Peter was a part of the group and always had been. What would happen now if Cassie gets a new boyfriend, especially if he is older than her? They were all high school seniors.

“Cassie, what are you going to do? I don’t think he will fit into our little group and Peter is still our friend.”

“Look guys, I know I am asking a lot and I will respect any decisions you make, but I have to move on for my own sake. Peter is never going to be what I want out of life. I want a man who is independent, like I am, who wants a family and a nice house etc. I am working hard to create the life I want and if Peter can’t be there for me, then it will have to be over for us and well, Wayne isn’t going to fit into this little group very well and I am not asking you to give up being friends with Peter if you don’t want to.”

Charlie, cleared his throat and said, “To be honest, he scares me. I really thought he was going to hit me the other day, the same day actually that he almost punched Cassie and sprained her ankle as she tried to get away from him. I personally would rather not have anything to do with him. I don’t want to lose Cassie as my friend either. Perhaps her new friend would be willing to meet us and see what happens.”

Winston said, “I missed all of that while I was on vacation. Peter has been getting out of hand lately it seems. I know he is always riling people up at school too. Something is going on with him. I say we tell Peter that he is no longer welcome in our group. He has become very unlikeable.”

Ronnie and Marianne exchanged glances. Ronnie turned to Cassie and said, “I didn’t want to tell you this, but Peter has been hitting on other girls, me included. I didn’t want to hurt you.”

“Me, too!” Marianne chimed in. “He asked me out, just the other night. I told him no, because Cassie is my friend, but I think we can all agree that he is no longer one of us.”

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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 published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

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

Reena’s Xploration Challenge #174

Reena’s Xploration Challenge #174

PROMPT #174

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When I first saw the picture I thought of squeezing the brain or shrink as they sometimes call it. The person appears to be wearing a hospital gown so I immediately thought of someone in a mental hospital and having spent two occasions in one myself, I can say it is not a particularly happy memory.

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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

#Whatdoyousee, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

What do you see # 70- February 22 2021

What do you see # 70- February 22 2021

Here’s the photo:

Image credit; Lance Anderson @ Unsplash

(For the visually challenged reader, the image shows tall skyscrapers lit in the evening light. In the front there is a small pale-colored house resting at an angle on the ground, one side of it raised from the ground)

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Flipping Houses – Ooops

By Tessa Dean February 2021

Joey and Willy picked up this house for $1.00. All they had to do was move it to another location. Willy told Joey it wouldn’t be a problem. His brother, Mac, could move the house for them. He’s a house mover he told Joey.

Mac arrives at the house and finally manages to get the house up on his truck. He never thought to ask the guys where he had to move it to so when they pointed at the skyscrapers, he was puzzled. On one side of the house was a community and on one side was all skyscrapers.

“Wait,” he said puzzled. “Are you telling me this house has to go through those skyscrapers to the other side of the city?”

Both guys just nodded lazily, grinning.

‘How am I supposed to get to the other side?”

“There’s a large park down the center of the skyscrapers. Just make it through the first tight street and enter the park and then exit at the end and go through that last tight street and there’s a piece of land on the other side waiting for it. We got it for a $1.00, all we have to do is move it. Cool, don’t you think?”

Mac shook his head. “This ain’t going to work fellas. I’m not sure I can get the house through the first set of skyscrapers even. What about the traffic lights and wires? Do you have permits to drive through there and then through a park and then through another set of skyscrapers?”

Willy asks, “What do need with all of that? Just drive through it. I seen you do it hunnerts of times.”

“Look guys, it ain’t that easy. You just can’t drive it through there.” He turned away, shaking his head. “I am going to get dinner while you guys figure this out.”

Willy left his truck and walked across the street to a restaurant to get dinner. Suddenly there was a ruckus going on outside. He felt his pockets and said, “Damn, I left the keys in the truck. I bet those fools tried to move it themselves.”

Sure enough Joey and Willy had drove off and as they were passing through the skyscrapers they took down the first set of traffic lights and wires and then hit the park with the house half off the truck. They kept driving until the house was all the way off of the truck and stuck with one side buried in the park and the other end up in the air. They didn’t stop either. They kept on driving pulling whatever happened to remain attached to the truck behind it.

Everyone was talking about these two crazy guys in the truck, but Mac stayed quiet. This was all gonna come back on him and his boss was gonna kill him.

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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 published 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, Photo Prompt, Prompt

12 FEBRUARY 2021 Friday Fictioneers

29 JANUARY 2021 Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT © Alicia Jamtaas

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Lost

by Tessa Dean February 2021

Nora and her young son, Nicholas, were running through the wilderness. The greenery was lush, and it had rained recently, adding a shine to the leaves they had to brush aside in their dash across the trail on the other side of the tracks that ended so abruptly. Nora had no idea what had caused the desolation and the tracks to end like that. It must have been quite a while ago as the greenery had grown up through the rails.            

The dogs were barking behind them, urging them on. They had to hurry. The danger was way too close.

**********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 on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

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

#Whatdoyousee, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2021/02/08/what-do-you-see-68/

Sadje brings us her weekly “What Do You See?” Monday Challenge. 

Here’s the photo:

Image credit; Richard Kesperowski@ Unsplash

( For the visually challenged reader, this image shows a couple of water lilies growing in a pond of water)

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Oh Grandma, Where are You?

By Tessa Dean February 2021

Amelia looked at the last line of her long list of nursing homes. The list was just for her state because she didn’t think her mother would go too far away from home, but now she was on the last home and no sign of her Grandmother. She had recent pictures in case her Mother had changed her name and so far no one had seen her or had her registered at that nursing home.

Amelia was crying now. She missed her Grandmother who she considered her real mother rather than that whimpering, whiny drunk who gave birth to her. If she found her, unless there was a medical reason she needed to be there, she was bringing her home to live with her.

She got her tissue out and dried her eyes. She wanted to be professional so they would listen to her if her Grandma happened to be there. Please God she prayed. Let Grandma be here.

Amelia approached the southern looking mansion and spotted the small pond with water lilies floating on it. How pretty, she thought. She looked around her. The place looked nice. Would her Mother pay this much for her Mother to live in a nice home like this? Her Mother had money, but she never spent it on her or her Mother. She drank her money away. Probably some drug usage as well.

Amelia walked towards the beautiful white double door entrance. She didn’t know if she should knock or just walk in. She was pretty sure it was a nursing home so she should just walk in.

Opening the door she was met by a woman, who she knew was older than she looked. She looked good for her age. She was in good shape and probably worked out. If she lived here this place must be quite expensive because she was also nicely dressed.

Amelia was stuck on what to say at first. She just couldn’t imagine her Grandma living here, although it was a beautiful place.

“May I help you young lady?” The woman had a sheaf of papers in her hand and was set to look through them.

Amelia began to cry. She tried to talk, but the tears were coming harder and faster. She had vowed not to do this, but this was her last chance for the most part without hiring a private detective.

The woman put an around her and led her over to a plush couch. She sat down next to her with her arm still around her. “What’s wrong honey?”

Amelia worked to pull herself together. She started her spiel. She had used it so many times she knew it by heart. She reached in her purse and pulled out her pictures and before she could say a thing, the woman said, “Ruth? Why do you have pictures of Ruth?”

Amelia said, “You know her? She is my grandmother and I have searched this whole state for her.”

“Yes honey, Ruth lives here and has for many years now. Why didn’t you know that?”

“Because my no-good, drunk of a Mother hid her Mother from me. Ruth raised me when my Mother couldn’t. My Mother hated to be reminded of it so she sent her away. She refused to tell me where and I have searched this whole state looking for her in places like this. If she isn’t medically dependent on living here I want to bring her home to live with me.”

“Well, I am gathering you must be the Amelia she always talks about. She is medically fine and will be delighted to see you again I am sure. Come with me, she is on the veranda with Maisie. Maisie will miss her, but maybe you can bring her up to see Maisie occasionally for a visit.”

“Oh I would do anything for my Grandma. She raised me right.”

“Come this way, child.” Amelia put on a happy face and followed the woman to the veranda on the side of the house. There was her Grandma and she looked great. This place was wonderful for her. She hoped she would want to leave to live with her.

“Amelia? Amelia is that you child?” Ruth raised herself up and walked over to meet them. She put her arms around Amelia and hugged her tight. “I never thought I would see you again. Rhonda made sure I was far away although she did put me in a decent place.”

“Oh Grandma I am so happy to see you. I have been driving all over the state looking for you. I want to bring you home to live with me. I have a nice three bedroom house and you would even have your own bathroom. All the rooms have their own bathrooms so you could choose whichever one you wanted. Will you come live with me? I promise to bring you to see Maisie almost every weekend for a day or if they rent out rooms occasionally I could rent you a room for the weekend and you could stay here all weekend. What do you think?”

“I would love to live with you doll and you are such a nice Granddaughter to think of letting me still see Maisie. Yes they keep guest rooms for just that reason. You could drop me off and then pick my up on Sunday.

Amelia hugged Grandma and then they headed to Grandma’s room to pack. Maisie came along to help. The staff brought in some boxes and told her to just pack what she absolutely needed right now and then she could pick up the rest of her things on the next trip when she came to visit with Maisie.

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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 published 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, Photo Prompt, Prompt

29 JANUARY 2021 Friday Fictioneers

29 JANUARY 2021 Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT © Marie Gail Stratford

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Meeting Night

by Tessa Dean January 2021

My mother was the group leader, and every week she sat before the group and asked for volunteers to read from the coursebook. Everyone would look at someone else. Slowly a few hands would go up.

There was usually a short meditation and visualization led by my dad first and then the reading followed by a discussion about what had just been read.

My father was a faith healer, and my mother was a medium. It was a strange group by many people’s standards, but I had grown up with this group, and I saw nothing wrong with it.

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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