Friday means: Friday Fictioneers! I may have neglected the last two weeks of this fun posting after committing to it, but I didn’t feel it would be fair to post something when my family would keep me too busy to comment or peruse other participates. So here I am, back in the game. If something like this interests you, feel free to jump in and join us. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is our host and you can find all the info you need on her blog. Prompted by a photo each week, we follow up with our 100 word prose or poem by Friday. Here is mine:
Devon stared at the joyful holiday lights decorating the buildings lining the street. They made her sick. Joy no longer took up residence in her heart.
She dropped her head and walked directly to the car. Even within its confines, she couldn’t hide from the festive flavor sparkling across the windows.
“Lousy holidays,” she mumbled, as she shoved the key in the ignition.
Christmas used to be her favorite season. Never again. It had taken Joshua from her and life would never be the same. Now she could never forget, nor forgive.
Damn drunk drivers and their holiday parties.
Okay, so I may not have been in the best place when I wrote this. But this short fiction is actually better than the original draft. One might say this wasn’t my best week for uplifting inspiration. But that’s information for another post. It may be that this piece ended up where it needed to be. As Natalie Hartford can tell you, we must always be mindful of other drivers on the road. During the holiday season, doubly so. On our way home from the airport this last Sunday we had two cars swerve into our lane causing us to back off and honk. Thankfully we were very alert. Need I say it people? PLEASE, drink and drive responsibly.
Too often accidents happen, and dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy, add in the holidays – ugh. As I’ve said before, it’s like trying to ignore the elephant in the room. If you or someone you know is dealing with such a loss, this might help. So remember, if you’re out spreading holiday cheer and met with a grumpy attitude, it might be a grumpy attitude, or it might be something more. Never judge that which you do not know.
Happy Holiday Crazies, my friends!
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I apologize for the lateness of my Friday post. It’s hard to stay on time when school dismissal has been early all week, the husband has been home from work, and everything I own has been breaking in time for the holidays. Cheers! Now I’m off to go buy a new refrigerator. 😀