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Disintegration

PHOTO PROMPT- Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count:  100 words

Disintegration

©July 30th, 2014

By Vijaya Sundaram

When the world blew up, and the sky fell to pieces, I flew for the first time.  My atoms took wing, my flesh disintegrated, my “I” flew into the sun.

There was an explosion of pain beyond imagination.

Fear doesn’t exist in the face of such pain. Fear disintegrates into bits of flesh that fall in slow motion over an uncaring land.

My past died. The “I” that I was, never was.  Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, light unto light.

I’d lived, loved, learned, left — this, the sum of me.

Somewhere, there was grief.  It might have been mine.

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My second story contribution to this week’s prompt for Friday Fictioneers — it’s darker, I’m afraid, than my last story.

Thanks, Rochelle, for hosting.  We love you!

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Wing

PHOTO PROMPT- Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Photo Copyright: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count:  100 Words

Wing

©July 30th, 2014

By Vijaya Sundaram

She was leaving home.  All she had were some clothes, her sitar, Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare and Charlotte Bronte. She grieved for her past which fell away, as she rose into the skies.

She didn’t know what she’d face when she arrived in the New World.  All she knew was that he was there, back in his country, having arrived a day earlier from hers.

Adventures are easy when you’re twenty-four, and married to the man you love.

When the plane touched down, she felt newly minted.  Baggage in hand, she stepped out into Arrivals.

He came forward.  Joy took wing.

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Salutations and thanks to our Fairy Blog-Mother, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, for her lovely photo-prompt, and for hosting Friday Fictioneers tirelessly every week.   :-)

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So, here we are, and there they are.

And here we are, comfortable, with our little, daily stresses and cares, our worries, or work-related sorrows, or the baggage we carry from our lives.

And there they are, in Gaza, which is burning, with Israeli artillery strikes or misfired Hamas rockets.

Or in Baghdad, where Sunnis are being harassed by Shias.

Or, in Ukraine, where there are hundreds of civilian deaths, while governments fight for control in one direction or another.

This isn’t a world in which I wish to live.

And yet, life IS beautiful.  And Life is Beautiful, too.

We MUST try and speak for beauty, for life, for love, for peace.

We MUST end the little stesses in our own lives by being non-reactive, thoughtful, calm and measured.  (Of course, that’s easier said than done — but I’d like to try.)

Plant a garden of flowers, however small your yard is.  If there’s no yard, make a window garden.

Plant some tomatoes and basil in a box outside your window sill.

Plant a tree in a park.

Read a book, or write one.  Or, do both.

Teach a child to read a book or listen to music.

Write to your congressmen and congresswomen, and to your leaders.

Play music with your family, your friends, by yourself.

Play.

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Another One Bites the Dust

Copyright - Marie Gail Stratford

Here’s another one I wrote, and it’s 74 words long!  I cannot believe it!  This was done entirely for my daughter, who sat beside me and wondered whether I could write a shorter (than 100 words) story based on a prompt.  So, to her wide-eyed astonishment, I unfolded this one from start to finish, with only one phrase and two words edited!  (I know it’s weird, or even weirder than the last one, but please be kind, since I wrote this under duress!)

Another One Bites the Dust

©July 23rd, 2014

By Vijaya Sundaram

I held up my chopsticks and surveyed them calmly.

“More hot sauce,” I snapped.

The waiter came forward in an obsequious manner.

I leaned forward and caught his nose between my chopsticks.

“Get rid of your nose!  I don’t like people with big schnozzes serving me,” I said through gritted, razor-sharp teeth, which I bared menacingly, as if to help him with the project.

He turned pale and fled.

Another one bites the dust!

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Sauce

Copyright - Marie Gail Stratford

Genre: Weird Semi-Real Fiction (I just made that up)

Word Count:  100 Words

Sauce

©July 23rd, 2014

By Vijaya Sundaram

What?  I scare you?  Why?  Am I not handsome?  Isn’t this great food?  What’s your problem?

You are the problem,” you say? Have I harmed you?  Okay, I’m from a time far from yours, but that’s no reason to hate me.  You don’t believe me?  Explain this then:  How come I’m answering all your thoughts?  Guesses?  Sigh.  How did I ever emerge from a race like your backward little one?

At least shake hands, then.  Hey!  You’ve strange hands — FIVE fingers?  Check out my two — long, pointed, perfectly carved bone things.  Nice, huh?

Fork!  Don’t go!  Try my hot sauce!

 

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And, as always, thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and for providing the prompts each week, and to Marie Gail Stratford for her photograph above.

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Horny

PHOTO PROMPT - Copyright - Adam Ickes

Thanks, as always, to our wonderful Fairy Blog-Mother (I hope you don’t mind my calling you that, Rochelle), Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Adam Ickes for the strange, unsettling photo-prompt.

 

Genre:  (Sort of) Realistic Fiction/(Sort of) Humor

Word Count:  100 Words

Horny

©July 16th, 2014

By Vijaya Sundaram

“What do you think?” asked Ben.  He’d invited Alicia, his co-worker, home for a drink.

Alicia looked flustered.

“It’s … um … nice,” she finished lamely, staring at the corner of the wall.

“I haven’t unpacked yet,” he replied, bringing her a glass of red wine, gesturing to her to sit beside him.

“I have to go,” she said, moving towards the door.

“Did I offend you?” he asked.

“No, it’s … did you know there’s a ram in that corner?” she blurted.

She opened the door, and fled.

“What is she talking about, Father?” said Ben.

The ram ate cardboard in silence.

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Titanic Emergence

PHOTO PROMPT - Copyright - Kelly Sands

Below is my short-story response to Rochelle-Wisoff Field‘s Friday Fictioneers prompt (photograph kindly provided by Kelly Sands).  Thanks Rochelle and Kelly!  If you are interested in reading more stories, click on this cute frog icon here:

  Your curiosity will be well-rewarded with some of the most creative and diverse responses/stories you will read on the web.

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Genre: Mythological Fiction/ Science Fiction

Word Count: 100 words

Titanic Emergence

©July 9th, 2014

By Vijaya Sundaram

No one noticed the clouds that day, because people had been forewarned.

The alarm had sounded all over the globe — even the indigenous peoples in forests and hills and distant islands had been informed.  Nobody ventured out.

When the clouds parted, a beam of light shot through and sucked up the entire planet.

Where the Earth was taken, no one knew.  People’s eyes were shut tight, and they felt … translated.

Later, in a newly formed Universe, a new race emerged.  Twelve people straightened up.  Their heads brushed the edges of space.

“Let it begin again,” said Time.

And it did.

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