#FF — Goodbye, Mama

PHOTO PROMPT© Na’ama Yehuda תודה חברה שלי Abandoning Michigan winters and my family had been necessary. I’d lived in Hawaii for thirty years when Dotty, my youngest sister, called and said Mama didn’t have long. I packed my peach fleece-lined jacket. They hovered around her, their faces uncharacteristically crumpled and wet. Dotty moved aside, said,…

#FF — Commerce

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll The nondescript warehouses between the tracks and the hills had become a landscape feature over time. The county books listed it as abandoned; yet every year, like clockwork, the property taxes were paid. Engineers on trains passing through at night saw flickering lights and sometimes caught what sounded like…

#FF — Swarm

  PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook It started when we cut the trees. Bigger animals, i.e. bears, deer, squirrels, snakes, bats, rabbits, birds, mice, and such up and left. We never noticed before how much trees’ leaves shaded us from Sol, who seems to burn hotter every year. Their cooling umbrella now gone, and because…

#FF — Be Mine

PHOTO PROMPT © Russell Gayer “Albert?,” says Anna. I look at Anna’s face to see an expression somewhere between confusion and fear. Albert is a name I’ve heard Anna say many times when she’s decompressing after an especially trying day. Della, her boss, keeps her cousin, Albert, on the payroll more out of guilt than…

#FF — Happy Anniversary

PHOTO PROMPT © Brenda Cox Our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary gift to ourselves is a weekend at the mountainous inn where we’re to spend our honeymoon. Hours pass along the ever-winding-ever-rising road through green tunnels of trees. We’re both relaxed and smiling, our hands lightly touching as the breeze blows through the windows of the car….

#FF — Once Upon a Time

PHOTO PROMPT © Alicia Jamtaas   WARNING:  disturbing content, so please skip if you need to.      Bel loved fairy tales as a child. She imagined herself The Woodsman instead of Red Riding Hood; the Prince, not Rapunzel; and the Witch, not a child baited by sweets. As a scholar, her interest in myths…