#FF — Auspicious

PHOTO PROMPT © Alicia Jamtaas Energy shoots between their palms, its threads traveling through them like starbursts on Independence Day. Marco, excited to be heading to boot camp, wants to fight the oppressors and drive them from their country. Georgette uses sheer will to keep her smile going for him. She knows what happens to…

#FF — Alternative Programming Part Two

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll I’ve been at the conditioning center a decade; not a bad patient; just not a real good one. Today Snowy, who’s been here longer than me, cracks, “Fake it ’til you make it, eh, Green?” Snowy decorates the floor with her blood. Confined in Reflection (i.e.solitary,) they assign Dr….

TSM 243 — Daddy Needs a Drink

Photo by Kyle Thompson Maybe it’s being locked in the closet. Maybe it’s the surprise knuckles to the middle of my back. Maybe it’s seeing my breath on the air as I curl under the thin blanket. Maybe it’s his forcing himself into me. The day of my liberation it is mid-January. Daddy is drunk,…

#FF — Alternative Programming

PHOTO PROMPT © Na’ama Yehuda Chimes flutter at six. Each of us in the dorm are dressed in identical cream scrubs. We stand as one from straw floor pallets. We hygiene and breakfast. At seven we converge on the temple, to hang our egos at the door and cleanse our minds. We sit cross-legged, eyes…

#FF — Chicken

PHOTO PROMPT © Fleur Lind I am a gloomy sort. Doom shrouds my world in shades of carnage red and cancer black. I confidently sidle and stalk through days and nights as my sleaze blends with darkness and my conquests beg for the mercy of release. Yesterday I notice I am being followed. Does the…

#FF — The Call

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot My dingy descent didn’t happen overnight. Each step is an independent entity containing a varied amalgam of components including conscious/unconscious conditioning, fear, impulsivity/ premeditation, peer pressure, focus, practice, tap dancing, blind leaping, thoughtfulness/ thoughtlessness, kindness/cruelty, and so many other motivations/de-motivations. Addictions, also motivated by these, have lubricated the process. Likewise-situated…

#FFFC 200 — Waterfall

Six months ago, she’d been told to wait, and she trusted him. He was competent and he promised to return. Winter and its monotonous gray skies made the days long and the nights longer. One morning she stopped waiting. Bundling up dried rations, she and Star, the wolf dog, set out. She knew he went…