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Thursday photo prompt: Calling #writephoto


Thursday photo prompt: Calling #writephoto

 

For visually challenged writers, the image shows the dark silhouette of a cliff and against a calm sea and a sun-gold horizon.

This is the continuation of John and Susan. I have decided to make this a book. Obviously, there will be a different start and even changes to the chapters and names. I will take this to a certain point to keep your attention while I can, but like the other week when I had to break into this story because the picture didn’t work, it may end at any time although I will try to give you a gist of the story. 

DNA Testing

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

The testing had taken a lot of time, especially since they had retested just in case there was a mix-up. They wanted to make sure the testing was correct and to find some answers.

Next up was the blood work for the DNA testing. The doctor took a moment to explain that they can use a cheek swab instead of a blood test. Both boys brightened up at that. Neither liked blood work.

Both boys definitely had two kidneys, so now they needed to make sure the boys were theirs. Neither one of them remembers another set of twins being born at the same time, so this was an important test. If the hospital switched the boys with another set of twins,, this situation will become much more emotional.  Both Jack and Joanne loved their boys and thought of them as their boys. What would they do if they were actually someone else’s children?

“Hey, it’s snowing,” Oliver burst out. “Look at that view!” Just then, a stag walked into the view of the picture window.

“This is the first snowstorm of the year,” Joanne blurted out!

The nurse called them all together and set out the tray with the cheek swabs. She carefully checked all four of them and labeled each of their swabs. “It will take 24 to 72 hours for the results to come back,” the nurse informed them. “Give us a call if you haven’t heard from us in 72 hours.”

“It takes that long to get the results,” Jack asked her? “Isn’t there a way to hurry things up. We are all kind of anxious about the results.”

“Sir, everyone is in a hurry. You will just have to wait your turn. You’re done here for now.”

“Let’s go now, boys. Joanne, how deep is the snow? Is it deep enough to sled on? Do you have sleds we can use?”

“Yes, I have a supply of sleds. The kids like the hills around my house for sledding, so I make sure I have plenty so more than one kid can go sledding at a time. The neighborhood kids are probably already there waiting for Oliver and John.”

*******363 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.

Twittering Tales #158 by Kat – 10/15/19


 

Inspired by Kat at Twittering Tales – Follow these rules

Photo by Mikechie Esparagoza at Pexels.com

Still Alive!

By Tessa Smeigh

“Where’s the gold, Ron.” the director asked angrily.
Ron remained quiet.
“Did you search them when you took them out of the car,” the director demanded.
“No!”
“Where’s the car?”
“Compactor!”
“You fool, the gold is probably hidden in the car. Lock ’em up in Sue’s office and go see,”

**********278 characters************

These tidbits have been continuing from week to week for about 5 months or more now…hard to write a continuing story when you only have 280 characters per piece and a picture to fit in but I am doing it! This is getting harder and not sure how much longer I can continue it. 

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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

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.

Prompt “leaf”


by Teresa Smeigh October 2017

a leaf swirls downwards

bringing on the season’s change

who’s raking them up

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (moving posts to other blog and will be deleting this one).

Sunday Photo Fiction – October 13, 2019


Sunday Photo Fiction – October 13, 2019

Photo courtesy of David Meredith, photographer

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A quick introduction: I’m Donna McNicol and your new host here at Sunday Photo Fiction. You may notice a slightly different look AND a new link address. We have officially moved from a WordPress.com site to our own domain. So be sure to bookmark/subscribe/follow us at SundayPhotoFiction.com

A side note, I also host a flash fiction prompt every Friday on my blog. I hope you will join in the fun there as well. Thank you for joining in the fun!

Donna’s rules:

Welcome to 2019 and Sunday Photo Fiction! Each week a new photograph will be posted, either donated by a member of the community, or obtained from one of the FREE photo sites like Pixabay.com and Unsplash.com.

The challenge is to write a story based upon the photo in 200 words or less. When you are done, post your story and the photo prompt on your blog.

Please be sure to post the photo with the photo credit as well as a link back to this post.

Once your story is posted, add your name and story link to the link party below. An alternative is to leave a comment and pingbacks are also accepted. Entries close at midnight CT Thursday night. Thanks for joining in the fun!

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Flipping Houses

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

I enjoy watching the shows where they flip houses. There are plenty of them galore on cable tv. Take your pick.

There are some of these programs that show expensive houses, and then on top of that, they spend large amounts of money to restore them. They buy these houses sight unseen at times. They have no idea what they will find inside. There are hoarder’s delights, disgusting messes including animal and human feces, and some with either animals or people living inside.

On the other type of show, the flipping companies bid on houses about to be torn down and rarely spend more than $1000 on them. This makes more sense to me than the ones that spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy and then find a moldy, termite-infested home and have to pay several hundreds of thousands more to fix it. At times even the foundations are cracked.

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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

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.

Weekend Writing Prompt #127 – Replace – by Sammi Cox


Weekend Writing Prompt #127 – Replace – by Sammi Cox

Sammi Cox’s Rules:

The challenge is simple: each week you will be given an exact number of words you can use to write a poem or piece of prose.  You can use any format or style you like; go wherever your inspiration takes you.  The only rules are these:

  • your poem/prose must contain this week’s word.  The word does not have to count towards the exact word count total – it can be in the title, or the first letters of the lines of a poem can spell it out – you can be as creative as you want as long as it’s there somewhere.
  • the length of your poem/prose must match the number of words stated in this week’s challenge.  No more.  No less.

*continuation from last weekend and at least 5 months worth

 (Last Weekend I wrote) 

“Take me home, Ron, to my haven,” Linda said.

“It won’t be your haven once you take that DNA test.”

“Don’t you bet on it. I’m not as dumb as you think!”

********This week!********

“Well, Linda, it is time to do the DNA testing. The test is a blood test of the fetus, and you can’t replace anything as you could with a urine test. I will be tested too, of course,” Ron said.

“I don’t want to do this,” Linda said.

“You have to, that was the ultimatum as to whether we stay together or I move back with my wife.”

“You aren’t moving back with her. I told you it is your baby.”

“If there is a baby.”

“There is one!”

***********89 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.

November Writing Prompts by Michelle – November 12, 2017


November Writing Prompts by Michelle

 by Tessa Smeigh November 2017

in the still of night

the stairs creak and the house groans

red eyes glow brightly

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (no longer canceling this blog, just not adding new work to it, sign up for http://www.tessacandoit.com for the new posts).

 

Thursday photo prompt: Stillness #writephoto


Thursday photo prompt: Stillness #writephoto

 

For visually challenged writers, the image shows the dark silhouette of a cliff and against a calm sea and a sun-gold horizon.

This is the continuation of John and Susan. I have decided to make this a book. Obviously, there will be a different start and even changes to the chapters and names. I will take this to a certain point to keep your attention while I can, but like the other week when I had to break into this story because the picture didn’t work, it may end at any time although I will try to give you a gist of the story. 

One Kidney or Two

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

One Kidney or Two?

As the four of them were driving to the hospital to have the tests done they admired the scenery as much as possible. Anything to get their minds off the upcoming tests. Jack drove them along the coast road following Joanne’s directions. The sun was just coming up out over the horizon. The stillness of the water was calming, and all of them tried to take their minds off of the expected test results.

“Joanne, do you have your copies of all the records from the pregnancy and births,” Jack asked bringing them back to the problems at present.

“Yes, and do you have all the records from Oliver’s recent injury showing the two kidneys?”

“Yes, Joanne, I do, and now we will know for sure with today’s ultrasounds.”

“I can’t believe this mix-up happened. When the doctor explained what had happened to Oliver’s kidney before his birth. I had hoped the ultrasound was wrong. I know he told us that he could survive with just one kidney, but it would be rough on him. We never did quite figure out why it happened. Maternal diabetes wasn’t the issue. And I am certainly not obese, nor did I smoke or drink or use illegal drugs. What does concern me is the years exposed to that heavy-duty cleaner your mom made me apply to her floors when I scrubbed them.”

“If John is the one with just one kidney, he could have injured the remaining kidney playing football. And we had no way of knowing that. I don’t blame you, I blame that darn hospital.”

“Oh Jack, I am so frightened. And John will be so disappointed if he has to stop playing sports. I know Oliver has missed out entirely on playing sports of any kind, and we thought we were protecting him, and all along, he could have played sports if he wanted too.”

“Mr. and Mrs. Wright,” the receptionist called.

All four rose at once and headed to the treatment room. They had decided to stay in each other’s sight as much as possible to make sure there weren’t any more mix-ups. They decided to start with Oliver since it had been determined by recent testing that he had two kidneys, and he was supposed to have one. The tests showed what they knew. He had two kidneys.

John went next, and suddenly there was yelling going on. John’s ultrasound also showed two kidneys. Now mass confusion reigned. How could he have two kidneys also?

Jack tried to calm everyone down and had the technician rerun both boys. It was found that both boys definitely had two kidneys each.

“Jack, what does this mean,” Joanne asked while both boys stood there with their mouths open and not knowing what to say. Jack turned to the technician and asked to speak to the doctor. Once the doctor was in the room, he attempted to explain to them that it was possible for the kidney to regenerate in certain circumstances. “The kidney has the potential to grow back or repair itself provided that the damage is not too severe, and the organ’s structure has not been destroyed,” he said. “I don’t know what happened here since the only records you have are from before the birth. Sometime after that, the kidney either regenerated or you have another couple’s twins, which would be even more complicated than just getting the two boys mixed up due to a missing kidney before birth.”

“I suggest DNA testing on all of us to make sure it is just a regenerated kidney and not switched twins. Although I don’t remember two sets of twins being born when these two were born,” Jack said.

“Me either,” Joanne agreed.

“Okay next step is DNA testing for all.” Seeing the look on the boy’s faces, “It is just bloodwork,” she explained to the boys.

*******650 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.