for friday fictioneers 100-word challenge 13 december 2013
photo credit: adam ickes
you may think a pair of boots doesn’t have feelings, but it does. roy hardly notices me anymore. since he got a new pair from his wife hannah, i feel abandoned and betrayed. it doesn’t help that i belong to the past that hannah wants him to forget.
this morning, roy took me for a walk to the farmers’ market. it turned out to be our last. i showed him i may be getting old, but i still look great on his feet. it was all in vain. he has agreed with hannah to donate me to the salvation army.
it’s that time of the year again when we find ourselves in the midst of the holiday season. we just celebrated thanksgiving and hanukkah with all the trimmings, and soon it would be christmas.
it’s during the holidays that we find ourselves miraculously transformed as if by magic. what is it about these days that brings about positive changes in our lives? at least for the time being, it makes us better persons. it makes us more tolerant and forgiving of each other’s faults. it makes us put our selfishness aside and let our humanity stand out.
when my mom came to america for a visit, i took her to the niagara falls in upstate new york. she was overwhelmed. she had not seen so much water thundering down at the rate of as much as 600,000 gallons per second. when we saw people walking under the falls, i asked her if she would like to do it, too. only if i would, she said. and so we went. it was a memorable experience for both of us.
magnificent the niagara falls may be, it pales in comparison to the iguazu falls as pictured above. considered as one of the new seven natural wonders of the world, it’s located on the border of brazil and argentina. it’s about 270 feet high and more than two miles wide.
one is filled with a sense of awe and wonder witnessing this massive volume of water as it roars, rushes, and spills over the falls. it’s said that, depending on the time of the year, you can view up to 300 individual falls. you must be there to really appreciate its power and beauty.
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for friday fictioneers 100-word challenge 6 december 2013
photo credit: randy mazie
dave was a sad man. one dark and stormy night, he drove the family home against his wife judy’s wishes. on the way, the car crashed into a ravine. he was the only survivor.
it was dave’s habit to walk for morning coffee. today was no different, but it would be unlike any other day. near an abandoned garage, he was hit by a car.
when dave came to, a familiar face greeted him. it was his wife’s.
“judy, about the accident,” he sobbed. “i’m so sorry.”
“sshhhh!” she said, putting her finger to his lips. “i’m taking you home.”