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#100WCGU – Wk108 – Prompt: …FALL… – 100 words – “Destiny”

Leaves gently drifting, their russet and golden colours lending contrast to the dullness of an autumnal day. Life passes before me and I see the beauty of children at play, the presence of young lovers, elderly couples enjoying their own company, the joyous laughter and the feel of a cooling, gentle breeze.

My life has been short compared to many yet I had been born, had grown to the fullness of youth and am now fading, assured, in time, others will take my place.

My final destiny has been reached. I am the leaf and it’s my time to fall.

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Saturday Centus – Wk#181 – Prompt: “Cowardice” without using the word – 100 words – “Melek”

From childhood, Melek had been afraid. The sight of a bird, the sound of the wind, angry words all brought her dread.

As a young woman, Melek rarely ventured outside. Her timidity worried her parents but fate was to play a hand.

War, a human tragedy, came to her home. Many, including her parents, were lost. Melek hid in terror until she heard the voice of a crying child.

Thoughts of fear disappeared as she searched the rubble. She found one then others. When peace came, Melek had gathered sixteen children and a reputation for bravery in protecting her family.

 

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Posted by on October 8, 2013 in 2. Saturday Centus

 

#100WCGU – Wk107 – Prompt: …as the world turned… – 104 words – “The Ancients”

Known to mortals as The Ancients, they guarded the Earth. As the world turned, they controlled the elements and were the givers of law. This was the faith of the people.

Steven Cargo’s curiosity drove him on as he made his pilgrimage. Days passed until he faced the final climb.

He asked The Ancients the eternal questions, “Why am I here? Is this all there is?”

He awaited an answer never to come. From above, a great object descended crushing The Ancients beneath.

How could this be? For S. Cargo, this was the fate of many of his kind but surely not The Ancients.

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Saturday Centus – Wk#180 – Prompt: “Hope” without using the word – 100 words – “Faith”

Brian rang his mother-in-law, Cherish, “It’s a girl. Destiny’s doing fine but there might be a problem with the baby.”

Brian could hear Cherish’s concern, “She’s having difficulties. Doctors say it’s common in premature babies.”

Cherish was a trained nurse and knew the risks for very premature babies. She wanted to know the baby’s name. Her family had a tradition of uplifting names.

“Cope?… Oh, an aitch. We decided on Faith… Yes, similar meaning. We need to have faith. Doctors suspect cerebral palsy.”

In time, Faith grew and learned to cope with her physical challenges. Her intelligence became her strength.

This story is a prequel to a 100 word story written on February 28, 2012. Entitled, “Against All Odds”, it’s about  the success of Faith as a writer and the fulfilment of her parents’ hope.https://rossmannell.com/2012/02/28/100-word-challenge-for-grown-ups-wk32-prompt-take-a-leap-of-faith-100-words-against-all-odds/

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Posted by on October 8, 2013 in 2. Saturday Centus

 

#100WCGU – Wk106 – Prompt: … but there was still enough light… – 106 words – “Whisper”

Dark and cold, the cabin offered shelter from the growing storm my small tent couldn’t.  It was now spring but a cold front had returned a touch of winter.

Fumbling in my backpack, I found a candle and some matches. At least I would have light. Flickering dimly, the candlelight caste shadows around the old cabin. I imagined the lives of those who had once called the cabin home, the shadows their spirits lingering.

Sleep.

I woke with a start, the candle almost gone but there was still enough light to see a presence before it faded.

A sound, perhaps a whisper, “Welcome to my home.”

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Saturday Centus – Wk#179 – Prompt: “Remorse” without using the word – 100 words – “Pullus”

A time worn man shuffled by, “Doleo pro peccatis meis.”

My faulting Latin suggested he was sorry for his sins. He stopped, still mumbling to himself. I approached.

He looked up sadly, “Mea culpa. Doleo pro peccatis meis.”

“What sins are your fault?”

In English, he explained he’d invented a joke and had been cursed to an eternity of hearing it repeated.

“What joke could be so bad?”

He would only say it in Latin, “Quare pullus transire via?”

I translated, “Why did the chicken cross the road?”

A shriek of pain echoed across the park as he ran away.

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Posted by on September 22, 2013 in 2. Saturday Centus

 

#100WCGU – Wk105 – Prompt: about HARVEST without using the word – 100 words – “Hope”

“…whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” I remember this favourite quote of scripture teachers in classes when one of us dared transgress what they thought forbidden. They taught us our future grows from the seeds we sow.

I look back on the seeds of knowledge and understanding I’ve sown in many years of teaching. Many have grown strong in the lives of children now adult. From those seeds, new generations have been sown.

The future will reap the benefits in ways I can’t know. My only hope is strong plants will grow free from weeds of indifference.

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