Losing her tasted of licorice. The same sickly taste of anise and madness that spilled from an absinthe bottle. After she disappeared, my glass of absinthe was spiced with regret and my reflection, incoherently sobbing.
Now I paint grief; all my canvases are licorice black. She loved it so, the paper bags of sweets I gave her when she sat for me.
This morning, the gendarme fished her from the Seine. Her handbag was heavy with licorice sticks like bloated black worms. Among the tangled mess, a note for me. It read only: Your love burned too hot to bear.
Last Edit: May 31, 2021 11:31:19 GMT -6 by RAVENEYE
I whistled while walking among the bones and skeletal remains of Ashcroft, tossing the empty bag of black licorice on the ground, the wind turned it into a plastic tumble weed. A racecourse sign for the dog sled races was partially covered in sand and some broken glass. I swear I heard faint cheering. Few buildings remained standing. Fortunately, my inheritance was in great shape. I opened the Gyst Associates lock, then the door and cast my eyes around the foyer, its opulence and craftsmanship awed me. A chandelier still hanging. The signs of weather and time had their sway.
Last Edit: May 31, 2021 20:57:22 GMT -6 by pelwrath: corrected spelling of prompt word
Alatariel: My first time really looking at them all, and I agree! So good!
Oct 17, 2021 10:56:20 GMT -6
FoxxGlove: Ack....hate it when I've checked and double checked and even triple checked to make sure all is good, only to find out I submitted an entry that has errors. ACK......
Oct 17, 2021 11:10:56 GMT -6
Alatariel: Always! No matter how many time I read through mine, there will always be something someone picks up on that I missed
Oct 17, 2021 11:32:43 GMT -6
pelwrath: I have learned to accept that I’ll have errors, it’s a given. Only do my best to minimize the number of errors.
Oct 17, 2021 12:01:16 GMT -6
Mazulla: Same here! Why is it we only notice these things once they're submitted?!
Oct 17, 2021 12:19:07 GMT -6
Alatariel: Honestly if it's something small I won't take off points because we're all human.
Oct 17, 2021 13:48:59 GMT -6
FoxxGlove: Going to adopt the same policy, Alatariel. Such wise words.
Oct 17, 2021 14:47:20 GMT -6
pelwrath: It's been a few weeks but I had an idea for a 100-word story, and posted.
Oct 18, 2021 0:48:18 GMT -6
Mazulla: Your 100 word entry is great, Pelwrath. I don't have any ideas nailed down yet. I seem to always think on it a few days and sometimes don't post til the last day.
Oct 18, 2021 11:30:37 GMT -6
pelwrath: Mazulla, thank you for your kind words. In truth, I didn’t think I’d have a story for ‘crisp’, that I’d like. While cleaning the windows and screens for winter, the idea came to me. The day was a very cloudy one but for a few minutes the sun did shine.
Oct 18, 2021 12:05:20 GMT -6
Mazulla: When you're trying to put together some critiques, but your 80-90lb dog keeps throwing himself in your lap... And keeps looking at me and smiling. You can see this goof here: i.imgur.com/8UvQpbD.jpg?1
Oct 18, 2021 13:00:28 GMT -6
Alatariel: OMG that picture Mazulla! I'm dying
Oct 18, 2021 13:09:04 GMT -6
Mazulla: Distracting, isn't it? Haha! He makes it so hard to ignore him.
Oct 18, 2021 16:44:14 GMT -6
pelwrath: Don’t know if he’s laughing or barring his teeth to protect the computer.
Oct 18, 2021 20:04:57 GMT -6
Mazulla: Oh, he's definitely being a goof! It's a funny attention-seeking maneuver. Quite dramatic about it, too, always throwing his head back to show those pearly whites.
Oct 18, 2021 21:11:03 GMT -6