FOWC with Fandango ~ Bite the big apple #FOWC

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Living in Manhattan was always a dream for Eric Payne. He grew up in a small Pennsylvania town and often would dream of some day living in the city ‘that never sleeps’.  It took him some time, saving up every penny and a sharp focus on a goal that finally was realized.  He looked out of his apartment window,  joyfully listening to the rushing sounds of the city.  The hustle of hundreds as they scurried by below him. Taxis beeping as they raced by his building. This constant motion of life intoxicated Eric and overwhelmed his rural background. He felt the adrenaline flow rapidly through his veins as he soaked in his new life here, his dream fulfilled.

“Hey Buddy, whatcha doing?”

It was Eric’s new roommate, Chris. They had found each other through the ‘roommate wanted’ ads in the Village Voice. Eric turned away from the window.

“Just enjoying the life of the city.  I think its just..incredible”

Chris shrugged and sat down on the couch.

“I guess. It means nothing to me. When you’ve lived in the city your whole life, its just kinda of nothing”.

Eric stood there, disappointed in Chris. Maybe he couldn’t appreciate this having “eaten the big apple” his whole life. This was a shame, Eric thought. He looked back out the window again, his mouth watering with anticipation.

“Why don’t you go out then? Go live a little of that exciting city life.” Chris smugly said, then chuckled. He was completely unaware that Eric was now standing behind him.

“Hey, that’s a good idea!”  Eric exclaimed. “I gotta eat some dinner first”.

“Don’t touch my leftover Chinese food in the fridge. I’m saving that-

Chris’s head was suddenly jerked over the back of the couch. His hair held tightly by Eric as he looked up into his now red eyes.  The new couch that Chris  brought with him from his old apartment, now had his blood splattered across its cushions.  Eric had chomped down on Chris’s neck.  He sucked out as much as he wanted in satifysing his hunger, leaving Chris sitting up now dead.

“It really is just incredible to finally be here”  Eric thought as he returned back to look out the window.  “This city is filled with just so much…life”.

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Written for Fandango’s FOWC prompt – Vampire

You’re about to enter a store that I go to when I close my eyes. It has merchandise there that is intended to amaze,shock and frighten you.Customer satisfaction is always the highest priority. Come inside,look around,browse a little. If you have any questions,please inquire.And its always open….late.                                                                                 Now…”What can I get for you this evening?”

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FOWC with Fandango ~ Tonight returns

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They visited me again, my fragmented dreams

Individual chapters as one unified scream

Past lessons in inferiority once forced upon me

Still rooted in my brain like some rotted trees

Despite today’s path in which I control what I envision

I am haunted by cruelty of what once kept me imprisoned

These bled echos will return later tonight

But, I smile for now for I have reclaimed back my life

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Written for Fandango’s FOWC challenge for 4/4

 

Fandango’s FFC #37 ~ Shadow of the Devil #fffc

Nothing could happen to her in the daylight, this one thing she had convinced herself of as a possibility.  It had been six months since the attack and today, Megan Carrigan was ready to take another step forward in her healing. A jog out in the park might be beneficial to her mentally and definitely, physically.  She always loved to run, a passion that she had discovered with cross-country track back in high school. That passion, like most everything else that made her smile, died one October night.

Trauma is a wonderful thing. It sometimes makes one forget the “meat” of whatever tragedy they were was forced to consume. Megan remembers a man’s shape in the alleyway and then, the emergency room afterwards. Everything else was a distorted echo. The experience paused her life and Megan became a living shell of herself.

She finished stretching her calve-muscles, which like every other muscle in her body became stiff with atrophy. A vacant jogging path awaited her, devoid of people on this April morning. The first few sprints became familiar to her. Patterns of past acts returned like a reflex being hit. The crisp-air filled her nostrils and her eyes glistened with that old endorphin spark of activity as she picked up her pace.

She approached the entrance-way  to the north-side bridge, hitting her full stride as she started to run through it. Then, ten feet past the exit, she came to a dead stop.

Just outside the bridge, cast upon the ground was a shadow. Not just any shadow, Megan thought but, his shadow.

The slow building wave of anxiety began to consume Megan’s thoughts.

“How did he find me?? This can’t be!!”

Darkness calmed her as she closed her eyes for a mere moment. She thought of summers at the beach with her folks growing up. How the water would tickle her toes as waves rolled over her feet.

She opened her eyes, took a deep breath and ran at out of the tunnel like a woman on fire. When she reached a certain distance and felt strong enough to look back, Megan saw it was in fact a police officer walking his beat up on the bridge. Not him, at all.

Her legs became rejuvenated with relief as she continued to run through the park. She had beaten the devil’s shadow for now, realizing that this constant battle to reclaim her life would always be lurking wherever she ran.

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Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction 37

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Twitter Tales ~ Just words #twittering-tales

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None of them changed nothing for Jim, his life still sucked. A nowhere job that demeaned him, an uncaring  family and his continuing loneliness.  Signs of postive words are useless if they were written by someone who doesn’t know Jim’s pain. Yet, he still stares at the plaques waiting for an epiphany.

(300 characters)

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Written for today’s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: Mikechie Esparagoza at Pexels.com.

First Line Friday ~ Save the date #MLM

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Carson pulled out his necktie as the air became heavy with organ music and she approached clouded in white. The woman he swore to always protect and cherish had finally arrived. It was the day that they both had been planning on for years, the final act of solidifying their mutual commitment to each other. Nothing would prevent their love from being an institution and there was no changing today’s final, beautiful outcome.

She felt her eyes tearing up as Candace James started her walk through the church. The wedding dress now tight with the few extra pounds Candace had gained over the last five years. It had originally made her look like the belle of the ball, an angel in white satin. Now, it was merely a frumpy obligation to a promise she’d made.

Two days before her wedding, a truck swerved out of one lane and hit her fiancee’s car straight on. He was killed instantly but, no one thought to tell him that directly. Every year since that tragedy, Claudia puts on the wedding gown that she had picked out and comes back to this now vacated church where he is always waiting.

Carson’s transparent heart felt alive again as she walked towards him once more. He would wait for her, always. After all, this was their day that was forever meant to be.

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Written for the First Line Friday prompt – https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/19271780/posts/2444800598

FOWC with Fandango ~ Vapid ~ Protector #FOWC

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I am summoned by your fears

External voices awaken me

Strangers occupying this bruised skin

We are one yet never to meet

Repeated torments of a simple quest

Desired love for who you were

Vapid souls enforced their whims

Corrupting your intent,  weakening our value

Your endless pain spawned me in your mind

Now,  I’ll rise to thicken your blood

We no longer will be emotionally raped

I promise you through silent screams as your protector within

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Written for- https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/79388113/posts/2427071936

FOWC with Fandango ~ Debut #FOWC

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Ladies and gents, boys and girls

Time for a new episode within your world

A day begins fresh removed from yesterday’s gaffs

No need to be halted from your troubled past

An opening of your lids is more than enough

To realize life’s worth despite being so rough

Look out with sharp focus from wherever you start

Step forward with intellect in a duet with your heart

There will be mistakes as this current shift speeds along

Just cut yourself slack and learn from these wrongs

Today’s chapter content reflects your point of view

Each breath that you take applauds your debut

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Photo via Sue Vincent’s #writephoto prompt

FOWC with Fandango — Debut

FOWC with Fandango ~ Clear Drive

The decision that Martin Willis would be willing to make was really quite clear to him. Either he would start his car to drive towards his planned destination or he would recline the driver’s seat and swallow twenty sleeping pills. The very notion of attempting the latter was commonplace for Martin. To him, ending his life was a daily regime that he had practiced for many years. Life for him was created by own crooked perception. A couple walking through a store were viewed by Martin as people happily in love, a thing he preemptively deduced forever unattainable.  The smiles on strangers were interpreted as their dreams fulfilled to Martin, who never achieved his elusive  contentment. This was Martin’s world , or at least how he viewed it. Many adult years of believing this distortion made him quite comfortable in deciding it was time to “throw in the towel”. The storm clouds that had been above his car suddenly dissipated and blue skies overwhelmed his windshield. It was as if the day, right then at that moment, decided to change its mind and start over. Martin felt his eyes covered in fresh warmth from the emerging sun, as his vision became enlightened. He turned the key in his ignition forward as decided to act upon his original plan. A simple drive forward towards an initial appointment with a therapist. Martin’s car sped off, the sleeping pills rolling around on the passenger’s floor still unopened in their container.
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Written for- https://fivedotoh.com/2020/01/23/fowc-with-fandango-clear/