Thursday photo prompt: Gaurdian #writephoto


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Thursday photo prompt: Gaurdian #writephoto

 

Photo by Sue Vincent

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a flower-strewn cliff-top above the sea, where a rocky outcrop, seemingly shaped into many forms and faces, looks out over the waves.

Hide and Seek

by Teresa Smeigh May 2020

“This is boring,” Carl said, wiping the sweat off of his face with his shirt.

“Oh, Carl, you are always bored. What do you want to do?” Susie said, also wiping the sweat onto the bottom of her shirt. “I am tired of coming up with ideas on what to do. You choose today.”

“Let’s head down to the sea wall. Lots of places to hide, and we can play hide and seek. I’ll even let you hide first.”

“I don’t know, my parents have always stressed that it was too dangerous down there to play.”

“Oh, Susie, you are so boring. I play down there all the time.”

“I don’t know…”

“Come on, please.”

“OK, but don’t tell anyone. I don’t want to get in trouble.”

They start walking towards the sea. Upon arrival, they both start to climb to the top of the sea wall, and Susie looks around. The area was pretty, and she saw lots of rocks and things that she could hide behind.

As Carl begins counting to 100, Susie heads to the rocky area and spots a large rock to hide behind. She was pretty close to the edge, and when Carl hit 100 and started to look around, she was afraid he might see her and started to back up, not noticing she was approaching the edge of the cliff they were on.

Her foot started to slip on the sandy surface, and she let out a scream, catching Carl’s attention. He races to her and grabs her arm just as she slipped off the edge and was dangling there.

“Give me your other arm and stop struggling,” Carl urgently pleads with her.

She tried to calm herself down and gave Carl her other arm, and he slowly dragged her up the side of the cliff and back onto firm ground. He was shaking and couldn’t talk. He just hugged her tightly until their shaking subsided.

“Thank you, Carl. Oh my God,” she practically stutters. She was still shaken and started to cry.

“Susie, I am so sorry. I didn’t think this was a dangerous place to play. I should have listened to you. I will never come here again. I don’t think I will ever forget how close you came to falling off that cliff.”

Carl puts his arm around her, and they head towards home and away from the sea.

*******399 words*******

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

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

34 thoughts on “Thursday photo prompt: Gaurdian #writephoto

  1. Lisa Coleman

    Kids think they are invincible and their parents are full of crap! Been there, done that on both sides as the kid who didn’t listen and dealing with it as a parent. Glad this story didn’t end tragically. Not all parents are so lucky. 🙂

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        1. Tessa Post author

          I suffer from Bipolar Disorder and extreme anxiety and the meds for the anxiety just can’t keep up with the pandemic anxiety.My moods are more often melancholy and I write dark story endings. Occasionally I decide at the last moment to scrap the terrible ending for something more promising. 🙂

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          1. Lisa Coleman

            I’m so sorry you are dealing with the added anxiety caused by staying home. I can’t say I know how you feel because I don’t but my thoughts and prayers are with you that you can find piece. I hope writing helps no matter where your story leads. 😊 💜

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            1. Tessa Post author

              Thank you Lisa! Anxiety is an ugly monster to begin with and this added stress of am I going to get this virus, it could be deadly for me since I have severe asthma and not seeing my family is not helping. I have a 6 month old grandson who I saw born and the the virus hit and I didn’t see him after he was a month old. He is growing up without me. I was in therapy, but she left just before Christmas 2019 and then the whole office closed down so I don’t even have that to help me anymore. I am so on my own.

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              1. Lisa Coleman

                Well…you have friends on WP that is a pretty good much of people to brighten your day. I haven’t seen my kids or grandkids since January. My sister & her family are coming to Florida from Texas in July but I probably won’t see them because they don’t wear mask when they go out. Sorry, I’m not exposing myself. You are not on your own. 😊

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                1. Tessa Post author

                  Thanks it seems we are in the same boat concerning the virus. The few times I saw my kids it was with a mask and at least 6 feet away. My daughter let me come up to 2 feet from the baby to take a quick peek. Otherwise we stay 6 feet away and are definitely masked. They may be my children, but I am high risk so I mostly stay home and shop once a month. Most of my prescriptions are delivered as well. Texas has been noted as having a 50% increase in cases since reopening the state. I live in NJ and we are high to begin with. My dad’s nursing home is rapidly succumbing to the virus. He is 88. Yes WP is a great group of people. Been blogging for 10 years now. Stay safe.

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                  1. Lisa Coleman

                    Hi Tessa…it is absolutely imperative that we stay vigilant. I will pray for your dad! It was nice that you at least got to see your kids and the baby. I haven’t seen my grandkids since January and they are not wearing masks out so I won’t be going to see them anytime soon. Florida’s numbers are still averaging over 1000 positive cases a day so we will stay away from people the best we can. Take care of yourself! 🙂

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                    1. Tessa Post author

                      I stopped looking at our numbers. NJ was number 2 for quite a while and still may be. My family is wearing masks so that is not a problem I just don’t want to get too close to the new baby who is now just 6 months old, but I miss all the new baby learning stages they go through. He has no idea who I am and he looks at my mask with consternation on his cute little face. I told my daughter and she started to talk to him and he got excited and turned to look at her, but she had a mask on (doesn’t wear them at home with him) and he gave her the same look. Who are you? I hear my mommy, where is she. Depending on how long we have to wear masks he is growing up thinking this is how we look.

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                    2. Lisa Coleman

                      Well there is no harm right now for staying safe. Pray that this will be beat before he gets too old and doesn’t remember this. He can learn about it in history class when he gets older. 😊

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                    3. Tessa Post author

                      It is strange and I learned history and all those diseases that wiped out so many lives, but I never thought I would live through one in my time. I don’t think anybody could have imagined this in today’s time and with our advanced medicine.

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                1. Tessa Post author

                  I hit your comment tab or whatever you call it and wrote a comment, can’t remember what now. Oh I think you were the one with the light house picture?? But it gave me an error message. And I filled out the email, website and name that it was asking for.

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                  1. Lisa Coleman

                    hmmm. I do have a lighthouse photo on my home page. I have emails from you liking and commenting and I got this one. 🙂 Did you have a question that I missed and didn’t answer. Please let me know.

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                    1. Tessa Post author

                      No there was nothing else. I guess you got the comment, but on my end it said it did not go through. I guess it is just one of those things.

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