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Free Write Friday

August 23, 2013

For some reason I felt inclined to participate in this creative writing prompt provided by Kellie Elmore. What appealed to me is that I don’t have to be concerned about grammar and punctuation, which is a challenge for me. The suggestions for this prompt are..

Dandelion Season

Phone Call at Midnight

The Green Years

The Human Zoo

The Fires of Spring

The Ivy covered Gate


The Human Zoo

Nick was concerned about Abby. She had been throwing up for several days in a row. As he feverishly painted, he had hoped to be able to make enough cash to be able to sit down for a good meal. They had eaten very little since getting to Santa Fe. It was obvious to them that Abby was in the family way. They had been foolish to think that they could escape from their lives in Portland to live out their dreams in the warm and colorful state of New Mexico. Abby sat in the car coping with the discomfort of nausea, but also needing something to fill her stomach. Nick dealt with the realty of life in a very stoic manner and yet replayed  the tense moments with his father who could not relate to his passion of drawing and painting. His father had spent years of his life going up the corporate ladder and had always provided a comfortable  lifestyle for his wife and family. Nick remembered wanting to spend quality time with his dad. He had longed for a day of having his father to himself, to take time for a day of fishing at the lake. But those days were far and few between. There were always promises, promises that were broken all in the name of business and money. No time for relaxation and fun with his family. Nick was resentful, and that is when Abby came into his life. They had met at an art class. Abby was miserable in her own situation. She began to fear for her life.  Her mother, Angela, did not want to hear what Abby had to say about her boyfriend. Abby struggled with what to do. Sam had threatened her and told her what the outcome would be if she revealed the truth to her mom or the authorities. Abby wanted to get very far from this evil man. Nick was soft-spoken and gentle and quite unlike many of the guys she has met in her life.  Since they had arrived in Santa Fe, they were not the only ones looking for their next meal. You could see them at every corner. Some playing an instrument in hopes of a little income, and many pan-handling and hanging out in the plaza park. The days were beginning to cool down and it was imperative that they figure out how survive in what felt like the Human Zoo of Life.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Heidi permalink
    August 23, 2013 1:42 PM

    A lot of us don’t realize how lucky we are in our lives and family. Very good read. 🙂


  2. August 23, 2013 1:59 PM

    Such truth in life … well written and a compelling read … thanks for sharing!


  3. August 23, 2013 9:33 PM

    Excellent what you wrote dear Roberta, Thanks and Love, nia


  4. Suzanne permalink
    August 23, 2013 10:31 PM

    A clever use of the prompt. You have created some interesting characters here.


    • August 24, 2013 6:41 PM

      Thank you Suzanne! We saw many colorful individuals while in Santa Fe for two days..


  5. August 24, 2013 12:45 AM

    You approached some of the issues that came to my mind on that topic, and you did them in an interesting way..


  6. August 24, 2013 9:31 AM

    Yes, that’s quite a zoo. 🙂 … Thanks for sharing …


  7. August 25, 2013 9:39 AM

    Wonderful storytelling. I am so pleased with you…and everyone this week for that matter. You guys are awesome. Thank you for a great read!!!


    • August 25, 2013 5:11 PM

      Kellie, thank you! That was fun! I had put writing on the back burner. Not that I am good but I do have the interest.. (:


  8. August 29, 2013 1:07 AM

    In the spring of 2006 The Wells family took on the monumental task of cleaning, salvaging, and breathing life back into this cherished home after a devastating fire that engulfed this prominent mansion. This beauty was built by a wealthy family and exhibits many priceless details such as hand carved woodwork, stained glass, and imported tiles. The rounded turret with stone detailing, upper balcony, and wide veranda make this house a true show-stopper. Come inside and experience the holiday decor all aglow.


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