Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
At the end of this post, you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
I decided 6 months ago to take my words and create a continuing story and today that story continues with Life In A Small Town Part Four. You can find part one here, part two here, part three here, part four here and part five here. I hope you enjoy it!
I’m using: shaky ~ intrusive ~ large ~ harmony ~ lust ~ suspended
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Marianne and the kids woke up to the sun shining through the window shooting streaks of light as it bounced off of the 5 inches of snow they had received overnight. “Yay! No school!” the kids shouted in harmony as soon as they saw the world covered in the thick white blanket.
After dropping the kids off at her mom’s house she slowly made her way to the shop. She unlocked the door and stepped into the warmth of the shop where she had spent so much time in her life. It was a home away from home of sorts. When she turned around after turning on the lights she was shocked at the scene that lay before her.
Christmas trees were knocked over, broken ornaments and lights scattered across the floor. Poinsettias kicked over with the dirt spilling in piles all around the store. The large arrangements cut from their stems. Even the lights that were suspended from the ceiling had been shattered.
She grabbed her cellphone from her coat pocket and called first her father and then the Sheriff’s office before sliding to the floor as her shaky legs gave out. The tears came then. All of her hard work, all of her planning and now it was destroyed. Who would do such an awful thing? Jimmy’s name came to mind first. He’d always been jealous of the time she spent at the shop.
After talking to the police, her father bundled her up and took her home to her mother while he went back and angrily cleaned up the mess that had been made. He had agreed with Marianne, this had Jimmy’s fingerprints all over it and they had both given his name to the Sherriff even though he was no stranger to them.
He wanted to confront Jimmy on his own but knew that his lust for revenge right then might cause more problems than it would solve. He wanted to kill Jimmy for the look her put into Marianne’s eyes. She’d never look at this place the same way again. He managed to get the shop back to rights with the help of Dave his handyman and by the time he headed home felt at least a little better.
As he was checking the mail at the end of their long driveway a small BMW pulled up alongside him. “Excuse me, sir could you tell me where I might find Marianne Flannigan?” “Who’s asking?” her father asked suspiciously. “My name is Dr. Michael Norton. I met Marianne and the kids when they were skiing over Thanksgiving. I was in the area and thought I’d stop in and say hello while I was here.”
“Follow me,” Marianne’s father told him. They made their way up the driveway and when they both exited their vehicles they shook hands. “She’s in there with the kids and her mother. She’s had quite a rough day so let me see if she’s up for visitors.” “I don’t want to be intrusive,” Michael told him. “Just thought I’d say hi.”
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado http://www.bakinginatornado.com
Cognitive Script https://cognitivescript.blogspot.com/
On the Border https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/
The Bergham Chronicles https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
Southern Belle Charm http://www.southernbellecharm.com
Bookworm in the Kitchen http://www.bookwormkitchen.com/
Part-Time Working Hockey Mom https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.com/
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