Haunted Wordsmith Daily Fiction Prompt (HWDP) – May 21, 2019


Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompt (HWDP) – May 21, 2019

Prompt A (genre challenge): gothic romance

Prompt B (sentence starter): “The lightning flashed across the sky.”

Prompt C (photo):

Image by Vinson Tan from Pixabay

Rules from: THE HAUNTED WORDSMITH

Welcome to the Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompt (HWDP). This prompt is going to be both familiar and different at the same time. To participate, simply read this post and follow where the muse takes you. You may select any, all, or none of the prompts…it’s all up to you. Link back to this post, or leave a link in the comments so that others can find you.

Have Fun!

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Betrayal

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

Charisse looked out the tower room window where she was being held captive with Prince George.

“The lightning flashed across the sky,” Charisse murmured to her lover. “I am trying to get a good view of the area outside, but the flashes aren’t long enough.”

Prince George moaned in pain. He couldn’t get up and look out the window. They were locked in this room and he had been injured in the duel. If he could only see what side of the castle they were on, there was hope that someone would come and help them get out.

“The lightning flashed across the sky again,” Charisse told George “but I can’t get my bearings. Can’t you get up at all George?”

He muttered something unintelligible and then moaned some more. It was obvious that he wasn’t going to be of any help.

This last flash gave her a view of the wooded area outside. Now she knew what side of the castle they were on. She took a chance and pounded on the door and screamed. Hopefully, George’s brother Edward would hear her and come rescue them.

“Be quiet,” Edward yelled and then unlocked the door. Charisse was happy to see him until she noticed the gun in his hand.

“Edward? It was you?”

“I sent Charles to duel with George and he was supposed to finish him off. That is why you are locked in here. We have to finish you both off, and then haul you out into the forest and leave the bodies, so they won’t be found.”

“Why Edward?”

“I loved you Charisse, but you betrayed me with George. You brought this on yourself.” He brought the gun up and shot her and then George. Charles came in and they hauled the bodies off to the forest.

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Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

 

 

PTSD (Non-Fiction)


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

Many people who go through traumatic events have difficulty adjusting and coping for a while, but they don’t have PTSD — with time and good self-care, they usually get better. But if the symptoms get worse or last for months or even years and interfere with your functioning, you may have PTSD.

Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function.


 At the age of 15 I had a regular babysitting job with a family that had 2 little children and a 13 year old boy. They didn’t want to tie their teen boy down to babysitting every Friday and Saturday. For a while the job was great, but then one night the boy came home with a friend and they had been drinking and decided to try and rape me. I managed to get away and lock myself and the 2 little ones in the bathroom til they left. I never told anyone and to this day I can’t even remember if I went back.

At the age of 16 I had a 22 year old boyfriend. Bad news and my parents weren’t happy with it, but they knew that forbidding it would just lead to me sneaking out instead. Well they were right, he was bad news. He took me to a party, tried to get me drunk, he was drunk and tried to rape me. I managed to get away again. He was too drunk to hold on to me. I found another ride home, but that was even closer than the 2 young boys.

At the age of 17 I had another boyfriend and you would think I would have learned something, but this was slightly different. He didn’t physically try to rape me, he emotionally raped me. He told me that if I didn’t have sex with him that we would break up and we had just gotten back together. I couldn’t handle the rejection and gave in. I hated him and myself. He ruined our relationship at that point because that was worse than the 2 other attempts. I was not ready to lose my virginity, but felt I had no choice. Blackmail is an ugly thing. I didn’t want to be touched by that point. It disgusted me.

September 11, 2001 – The Twin Towers Tragedy. To this day I am still terrified every time I see and hear a plane and since I live near an airport and the planes are constantly flying over I cringe and wait for the explosion. I didn’t know how it was going to be when we flew to Florida a few years ago. I managed though. It just seems to be watching them and hearing them fly over that does it.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Twittering Tales #137 by Kat – 5/21/19


 

Inspired by Kat at Twittering Tales

Photo by paulsbarlow7@pixabay.com

Ron and Linda pulled up to their home and noticed that their front door had broken glass around the lock.

As they walked towards the door, they got out their cell phone to call the police. There was a sudden whoosh and the house went up in flames.

“Oh my God,” Linda shrieked.

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Rules from Kat:

Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale. If you would prefer to post your tale in the comments (some people have very specific blog themes but still want to participate), I am happy to post a link to your site when I post your tale in the Round Up.

A final note: if you need help tracking the number of characters in your story, there is a nifty online tool that will count for you at charactercountonline.com.

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to include your tale.

Finally, have fun!

And REMEMBER…you have 280 characters (spaces and punctuation included), to tell your tale…and a week to do it. I can’t wait to see what you create this week.

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Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

 

Morning Symptoms of Fibromyalgia


Morning Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

I have some of these issues myself. For all I know it is part of my current problem.

Haunted Wordsmith Daily Fiction Prompt (HWDP) – May 20, 2019


Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompt (HWDP) – May 20, 2019

Prompt A (character challenge): Debt Collector

Prompt B (sentence starter): “Sign on the dotted line.”

Prompt C (photo):

Image by Vinson Tan from Pixabay

Rules from: THE HAUNTED WORDSMITH

Welcome to the Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompt (HWDP). This prompt is going to be both familiar and different at the same time. To participate, simply read this post and follow where the muse takes you. You may select any, all, or none of the prompts…it’s all up to you. Link back to this post, or leave a link in the comments so that others can find you.

Have Fun!

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What Do You Mean We Owe Thousands Of Dollars

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

“Sign on the dotted line,” the debt collector said. “You owe the credit card company over several thousand dollars.”

“Are you kidding me? We don’t owe anyone anything,” Marsha said. She glared at the picture over his head. “What’s up with all the umbrellas?”

“That old thing? Someone just decorated my office that way. We need to come to an agreement about this debt you owe,” the debt collector said.

“I told you we don’t owe anyone anything. We are debt-free and don’t even have a credit card for that matter.”

“Then maybe someone stole your identity. You should check your credit reports and see what is on there.”

“Man, I hate that picture,” Marsha said.

“We aren’t signing anything until we get this straightened out.”

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Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

 

 

Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompt (Non-Fiction) – May 20, 2019


Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompt (Non-Fiction) – May 20, 2019

We’re going to stay on memory lane for this week.

Today’s prompt: Movies and You

THE HAUNTED WORDSMITH

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“Towering Inferno”

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

Back in the 70’s, I was a teenager and my boyfriend and I wanted to go to the blockbuster movie “Towering Inferno.” I love disaster movies.

One problem was my parents refused to allow me to see it. I can understand why. I was deathly afraid of fire and had a real phobia about them. I wasn’t even allowed to watch tv since they never knew when a fire might be shown. I regrettably followed their rules and we didn’t see the movie although when I was an adult and that fear started to go away I did finally get to see the movie. It was one movie I was sorry having to wait to see. It turned out to be one of my favorite movies.

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Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

 

 

Three Things Challenge: PL95


Three Things Challenge: PL95

Rules from Paula:

Welcome to the Three Things Challenge. Every day at 10PM (PST) I will post three seemingly unconnected things that will, hopefully, ignite your muse. You don’t have to use all three things if you don’t want to. There are no restrictions on length, style, genre, or anything. Simply read the prompt, see where your muse takes you, and bring us along for the ride. Use 3TC as a tag if you’d like and link back to this prompt, or post your link in the comments below so others can find you.

Happy Writing! 😀

Today’s prompt: breakup, warehouse, moose

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Absolutely No Hunting

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

Tracy and George were out by the warehouse and noticed a moose hanging around. The area is deserted, and I guess it felt safe enough there. George wanted to go home and get a gun and shoot it. Tracy objected to hunting and she told him to leave it alone.

They got back in the car so George could head home to get his gun. Tracy sulked all the way there.

George jumped out of the car and headed inside to get the gun. Tracy got out of the car and started to walk home.

“Where are you going, Tracy?”

“I told you no hunting and I meant it.”

“So, what are you going to do?”

“I am going to break up with you, that is what I am going to do. This is too important to me and I know hunting is your thing. We can’t work around it.”

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