#100WW — Wildfires

DBCA1D16-D8B0-4398-B592-C93F26D91E7EThe road is still closed. They said it would be under control by now, that we could all head back to our homes. But they were wrong. I can see by the yellow, orange, and gold glows of the night sky that the wildfires are still raging.

Many of the homes in my neighborhood — maybe even mine — have been lost to the flames. Personal possessions up in smoke. Precious memories destroyed.

They say it’s due to climate change. Higher temperatures and stronger winds create a landscape that allows fires to spread faster and farther.

This ain’t no hoax.

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Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl.

#100 Word Wednesday — The Mist

FA23283B-26CC-4403-915A-1D21CC724E9EShe appeared out of nowhere, as if she walked onto the shore from the sea. I rubbed my eyes. Was I seeing correctly? Was she real or an apparition? As she neared, I could see that she was looking directly at me, her dark eyes hauntingly fixed upon me. Her mouth formed a pout. I couldn’t tell if her expression was one of sadness or of sensuality. She held a lit sparkler in her hand that she held out to me. I reached out to grab it, but it was as if I was merely touching a mist. She disappeared .

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Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Photo credit: KAL VISUALS at Unsplash.com.

#100WW — Maybe This Time

172A87A9-3111-44F2-B2CB-712AA3937EA8Marc stood across the street from the building waiting for the light to change. He could already feel the knot forming in his gut as he looked up at the modern office complex. He lost his last job three months earlier when the company he’d worked at for nearly a decade went belly up.

He was running through his savings and he desperately needed a job, but nobody was hiring these days. A dozen interviews but no offers so far.

The light changed. Marc took a deep breath and crossed the street. Maybe this time, he thought, maybe this time.

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Written for today’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl.

#100WW — No Sense of Humor

54BD527A-59ED-4DDE-8A29-67044F40DDF6Steve walked into the small, eclectic eatery to escape a light, spring drizzle. He found a table, opened his bag, and spread the items, including his laptop, out on the table.

A waitress walked up to Steve. “Can I get you something?” she asked.

“A small coffee,” Steve said.

“Can I tempt you with a house-made pastry?” the smiling waitress asked.

With a sarcastic tone in his voice, Steve said, “You have quite a sense of humor.”

“Thank you,” she said, beaming.

“I was being facetious,” Steve said. “Reflect on that, young lady.”

“You’re mean.” she said, and walked away.

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Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl. Also for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (eclectic), Ragtag Daily Prompt (drizzle), The Daily Spur (spread), Word of the Day Challenge (tempt), Weekly Prompts (humor), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (reflect).

#100WW — It’s Perfect

2074D702-4B51-4CD1-B793-6E7242027004“I know she’s in rough shape,” the man said, “but I got a mechanic who can tow her to his shop and get her up and running again. Prolly take him three or four days.”

“What do you want for it?” Jesse asked.

“Hmm,” the man said. “For the tow, the parts and labor, and for new tires, prolly cost about two grand. Eight more for the bus for an even ten.”

“I’ll take it. It’s perfect,” Jesse said.

“Are you planning to take a road trip?”

“Nope. I’m going to convert it. You’re looking at my new tiny house.”

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Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl.