Sue’s Rules, while on vacation:
Welcome to this week’s writephoto prompt. Something a bit different this week as I have a long road trip coming up before the next round-up is due. I did consider not posting a prompt at all… but it did not seem fair to break the rhythm somehow. Instead, I am posting four photographs to cover TWO weeks prompts. The two prompt words are ‘small’ and ‘choices’.
Take your pick.
Each week, choose one of the images below as inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, by noon(GMT) Wednesday 19th June and link back to this post with a pingback to be included in the round-up. There is no word limit and no style requirements, except to keep it fairly family friendly.
I will repost this prompt next Thursday as a reminder.
All posts will be featured in the round-up on Thursday June 20th at 10am GMT, linking back to the original posts of contributors. Throughout the two weeks I will reblog as many of the responses here on the Daily Echo as time and internet access allows and (more or less) in the order in which they come in, but please be aware that comments may be delayed or minimal on days when I am travelling.
You can find all last week’s entries in the round-up. Please visit and read the stories and poems and explore the sites of their writers. I will feature as many contributions as I can on the blog during the week.
Please link your post to this by creating a pingback. If you are unsure of how to create a pingback, Hugh has an excellent tutorial here.
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By Teresa Smeigh 2019
As the summer days are winding down, fall is starting to appear. The air is cooler in the mornings and the leaves are changing colors and starting to fall in spots. The deserted area used to be an old summer camp. In its peak, twenty-five years ago, this place was packed every summer, and there had been waiting lines to get a spot.
When they put that highway in, the area lost its touch with nature. Over the years people lost their interest due to its closeness to civilization, which was ever moving closer. All you can hear was the traffic out on the road, no birds are heard over the noise, and eventually, it had closed.
Linda is sitting at one of the old rickety tables and looks back with sadness at what had seemed so promising at the beginning. Linda is recently divorced and is looking forward to marrying again sometime soon. She is not cut out for the single life and misses being a wife. She is the desperate sort and falls in love with every man she meets. This scares a lot of men off.
She had met Rob and like most women fell for him. He was a good-looking guy and wealthy, so he was constantly being chased by women. The major downfall to this relationship is that Rob is married, and not looking for a new wife, and he never fails to remind her.
Despite his constant reminder that there was never going to be anything serious between them, she holds hope that she could change his mind. She knew that many women in her position thought this very same thing. However, she also knows that in most cases, men do not leave their wives for their mistresses. She can’t help herself though. She fantasizes constantly about their possible life together.
It seems to her that it was possible that it was about to end. He talked to her less about his life, whether it was work or home related. He has started missing some of their time together, something he wouldn’t have done in the beginning. She really wants to believe their time together is as important to him as it is to her because she has fallen in love with him despite his warnings to the contrary.
In the beginning, she and Rob met every weekday at this little spot in the woods for lunch and to spend some time being intimate. Even though there were picnic tables there, they never ran into anyone. The area remained deserted during the whole summer that they met there. A perfect spot to meet in secret.
Linda and Rob had found it while driving around investigating dirt roads to see where they took them and if they were suitable for private meetings. It quickly became obvious that it is desolate, and therefore they have continued to meet here.
She thinks she can change his mind about their summer affair and make it more permanent. He really seems as if he cares, but now, after these last few weeks, she isn’t so sure anymore. She is not even sure he was coming today as it was getting late, past their normal meeting time. She is not sure why she waited this long for him.
He must surely mean what he says about not leaving his wife and as the leaves start to fall and summer is coming to an end, he tells her they must talk. She dreads the meeting today. She has fallen in love, even though he declares every day that she shouldn’t get used to this. He didn’t want to hurt her or his wife. She figures if he didn’t have a wife surely things would be different, but would they? She was thinking about this problem. Their relationship was a part-time one. They didn’t live together and have no idea how things would go if they did. This gives her something to think about while she waits for him to get there.
She tries to calm herself down. There is nothing she can do either way. It was his decision and he’s the one with a wife to consider. It isn’t up to her. As time passes, tears started to roll down her face. Hurriedly she dried them off as she didn’t want him to see her like this. She was afraid, if he saw the tears, he would know she hadn’t listened to him and fallen in love anyhow.
“Marry me,” the voice behind her says quietly. She didn’t hear him walk up behind her she was so deep in thought.
Thinking she heard him wrong she stammered out, “What?”
She turns around and Rob was kneeling behind her and holding out a jeweler’s box with a gorgeous engagement ring. “Marry me, please,” he asks her again. “I can’t live without you.”
She was so shocked that she couldn’t say anything at first. This is what she wanted to hear and now that she is hearing it, her sense of guilt suddenly re-surfaces. Because of her, he was leaving his wife, his marriage. She was responsible for breaking up a marriage. This is not what she wants.
“This is what I thought I had wanted and now you are offering it to me and all I can do is feel guilty for hurting your wife. I am sorry, but my answer has to be no!” I must be crazy!
She picked up her lunch box and sadly turns and heads to her car. She doesn’t even kiss him goodbye.
“Women!” he muttered. I am glad I didn’t tell Sandy I wanted a divorce yet! Where’s the receipt for the ring, now I have to return that.
Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian