The Wonder Years

for friday fictioneers 100-word challenge 10 October 2014

Note: This is going to be my last post for a little bit, as I’ll be very busy in the coming weeks. I’ll be back sometime in November.

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Abby was what I remember from those wonder years, and then of course the Beatles.

She was the girl in my second grade class. The first time I saw her, I was in love although I didn’t know what love was then.

One Valentine’s day, I asked mom for money to buy Abby a card, but she refused saying I was too young for such things.

I remember Abby’s sudden passing. It was the day the music died in me.

All through adulthood, I bought them girls Valentine‚Äôs cards and stuff. Funny, but the one I couldn’t forget was Abby who never got a card.

October 8, 2014 at 12:47 pm 23 comments

wordless wednesday: sigmund freud hanging out

sigmund freud statue
location: prague, czech republic

October 7, 2014 at 9:01 am 8 comments

the place i live

my home town
i live in an unincorporated town in northern california known as the birthplace of metallica bassist cliff burton. over the years, it has been converted into a bedroom community by transplants like me. in other words, it’s a place where you go home to sleep.

if there’s a major complaint about the transplants, it’s their seeming lack of community engagement. but who can blame them? with mortgage so high, they sometimes need 3 jobs to keep up with the monthly payments, leaving them less time to socialize or participate in local events.

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October 5, 2014 at 11:49 am 2 comments

weekly photo challenge: signs

mcdonald's in cyrillic
location: varna, bulgaria
the famous american export with the mcdonald’s sign in cyrillic. when overseas, i always look for mcdonald’s. it often provides clean restrooms which are free to the public.

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October 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm 13 comments

Spoils of War

For Friday Fictioneers 100-word challenge 3 October 2014

Note: This story was inspired by current events in northern Iraq. The evil that men do in the name of Islam is giving it a bad reputation it doesn’t deserve.

Kent Bonham
Photo Credit: Kent Bonham

It was past noon when the Army of God came to the village. The men and the boys were executed. The women and the girls were kept in a safe house as spoils of war.

Mariam recognized the man in charge as the kindly gentleman who used to give out lollipops in their neighborhood.

“I’ll spare you and your sisters,” he said one night, “just be nice to me.”

He then took Mariam to his room and began to undress her.

“Please, sir, no,” she meekly protested.

In another room, Mariam’s sisters were asleep totally unaware of her muffled cries.

October 1, 2014 at 12:32 pm 51 comments

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