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Part 13 – Onging short story – “Shiver”

5 Oct

The Challenge: 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week60 – Write 106 words containing the phrase “… suddenly it was in my hand ….”

This is part 13 in an ongoing story.  A new part is added weekly with each challenge.  Previous chapters can be found here in the Ongoing Story section.

mountain-flowers

Suddenly it was in her hands.  A black ball of fur, shivering with cold.  The wind blew chilly kisses to Lydia and the cat.  It ruffled the pink bathrobe borrowed from Mum.

“Really?  Really?!  I eat an apple and end up on a mountain?”

“Could be worse.  You humans like apples.  That was a horrid experience.”  Said the cat.

“This is too much.  You just want me to keep wandering around, following crazy old women and eating fruit to stay alive?  I don’t even know what we are running from.  Would you care to explain?”

The cat blinked.  “Oh.  I forgot you are new to this.”

Part 12 – Onging short story – “The Apple”

24 Sep

The Challenge: 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week#59 – Write 100 words about the picture at the bottom of this post.

This is part 12 in an ongoing story.  A new part is added weekly with each challenge.  Previous chapters can be found here in the Ongoing Story section.

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Perched in the tree Mum shouted “Eat the apple!”

Behind them the cackling was joined by more voices, hiccupping with laughter.

“This isn’t the best time for food Mum.”  Lydia shouted back, retreating to the tree.

Cyrus paced at the edge of the clearing while seven more beasts gathered around him.  They were closing in.

Mum jumped down.  Putting herself between them and the monsters.

“Eat.  The.  Apple.  Now.  Both of you!”

They did.  It was too sweet, and the cat could barely chew the fruity flesh.

They swallowed.

They were gone.

When they reappeared they were somewhere else entirely.

Part 11 – Onging short story – “Mum Disappears”

17 Sep

The Challenge: 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week#58 – Write 104 words containing the phrase …as the apple fell…

This is part 11 in an ongoing story.  A new part is added weekly with each challenge.  Links to previous chapters can be found here.

apple tree

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“What if I want my life back?  If I don’t care about living a hollow existence?”  Lydia said.

“You wouldn’t be here if that was the case.”  Said the cat.  “You chose magic.”

She frowned at the cat but didn’t argue.

The pair jogged to catch up to where Mum disappeared around an old brick building.  She was gone.

They walked down the alley, following the twists and turns past a maze of back doors, eventually coming to a garden bathed in light.  At the center grew a towering apple tree.

A branch rustled.

As the apple fell, a hideous laugh upset the quiet.

Part 10 – Onging short story – “We die?”

10 Sep

The Challenge: 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week#57 – Write 104 words containing the phrase … returning to the routine…

This is part 10 in an ongoing story.  A new part is added weekly with each challenge.  Links to previous chapters can be found here.

“Where did everyone go?”  Lydia whispered, feeling as if to talk would be to disturb something unpleasant.  Nothing moved except the trio and occasional drop of rain rolling off the trees.

“This isn’t your world anymore.”  Said Mum.

“This is the place in-between.”  Said the cat.  “Where magic lives, and everything else dies.”

Mum ventured farther down the before disappearing around a corner.

“We die?”

“Not if we can outrun what is following you.”  Grinned the cat.

“Can’t we get out of here?  Go home?”

“Perhaps.”  Said the cat.  “But returning to the routine is hollow after you taste what else is out there.”

Part 9 – Onging short story – “Kittens”

23 Aug

The Challenge: 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week#55 – Write words about the picture at the bottom of this post.  (Not limited to 100 words)

This is part 9 in an ongoing story.  A new part is added weekly with each challenge.  Links to previous chapters can be found at the bottom of this post.

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“We have to get you two out of here before they arrive.”  Mum’s curlers bounced in her hair as she dashed to the kitchen, stuffing bread, salami, and a few other things into a bag.  “You are safe inside the house for now, but if you don’t get out quickly, they will trap you here.”

Lydia appeared in the borrowed cloths.  Pink fluff and soft slippers.  Mum wasted no time, shoved the bag into her hands.

“Follow me kittens.”  She said, whirring around and busting out the kitchen door.

“…who exactly is she?”  Lydia asked the cat, who shrugged.

“Someone who can help.”

They stepped outside together.  The rain had stopped and the suburban landscape once again took on the ghostly emptiness of a place abandoned.

Mum hopped down the stairs, much more agile than expected by someone her age.  She squinted her grey eyes behind large, green, glasses.  She frowned, turned in a short circle, and then sat *plop* on the wet grass.

“Is she going to be ok?”  Asked Lydia.

“Oh yes.”  Said the cat.  “Oh yes, indeed.”

Mum pulled a wrinkled tissue from her pocket, took a deep breath, and blew her nose with gusto.  She looked up and smiled, before promptly going *poof* and disappearing, leaving a pile of flowered cloths and a crumpled purple bathrobe.

Lydia ran to her.  The pile moved.  Out popped an orange tabby cat.  One that looked startlingly like Mum.

“Follow me kittens!”

crazy grandma mum cat purple hair

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Prequal to There’s a real buzz about this place.
Part 1: It isn’t too late.  You can change.
Part 2: Part 2 – Ongoing short story – “Conversations with the cat”
Part 3: Part 3 – Ongoing short story – “Tell me what’s happening!”
Part 4: Part 4 – Ongoing short story – “Fzzzt Crackle”
Part 5: Part 5 – Ongoing short story – “The Rain”
Part 6: Part 6 – Ongoing short story – “The line was drawn”
Part 7: Part 7 – Onging short story – “Cyrus”
Part 8: Part 8 – Onging short story – “Seven”

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