Fountain of Youth – 100 Word Wednesday

Title: Fountain of Youth
Source:  100 Word Wednesday: Week 137
Word count: 100 words

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Christopher was an ordinary boy who lived in an otherwise ordinary neighborhood. Like most little boys he loved playing outdoors and discovering secret gardens, talking animals, and harrowing adventures. His mother indulged his interests and read him bedtime stories. One storybook developed the telltale signs of the favored status, but that story couldn’t contain his imagination. He created his own fantastical stories about a boy named Chris and his giant tortoise named Bulldozer.

Nestled into his otherwise unremarkable neighborhood, sat a fountain. It drew the curious who always read the plaque. To my darling Christopher, who never outgrew his dreams.

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Jo Hawk The Writer

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Accidental Friends – 100 Word Wednesday

Title: Accidental Friends
Source:  100 Word Wednesday: Week 136
Word count: 100 words

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It materialized, and I had missed her. Again. I said ‘her’ although it could be a man. My gut confirmed it was her. Why did she torment me? Why did I obsess?

Her story grew in my mind. With the consistency of each sunrise, her bicycle arrived, parked at my door by one o’clock and by three it was gone. She was meeting her lover; she was a spy stalking her mark. She was my aberration, my ghost, my diversion.

Then her bicycle wasn’t there. Weeks passed. I feared she wouldn’t return. Months later, I cried for my lost friend.

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Jo Hawk The Writer

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Going Home – 100 Word Wednesday

Title: Going Home
Source:  100 Word Wednesday: Week 135
Word count: 100 words

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“Be yourself,” Maeve said then paused. “Try to look normal.”

Colton raised an eyebrow.

“Maeve, I’m Cerulean.”

“You’re the only one who can open the gateway.”

Colton had agreed and now he waited, tapping his foot. Hoping he looked inconspicuous, he checked his chronoscope. The window was closing, and their next chance was decades from now. Colton couldn’t stay, but he didn’t want to leave them.

Finally, he saw Maeve and the others running toward him. He engaged the portal, and it whirled to life. Only seconds remained. He stepped through the portal and prayed they all made it home.

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Jo Hawk The Writer

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The Business of Flying – 100 Word Wednesday

Title: The Business of Flying
Source:  100 Word Wednesday: Week 134
Word count: 100 words

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They drift, while I watch with envy. Most times I pilot, but today I lead the chase team, earthbound. Owning the business, I have a job I love. Then there are these days.

Two ground crew personnel called in sick. Airborne, the expedition holds its own excitement. With paying customers, the events, food, and photos at the landing site are more important than the ride.  When the balloons reconnect with the earth, the focus becomes extending the experience, helping them re-live their adventure and develop the stories they will tell their friends.

Still, I wish I was among the clouds.

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Jo Hawk The Writer

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Wiser Now – 100 Word Wednesday

Title: Wiser Now
Source:  100 Word Wednesday: Week 133
Word count: 100 words

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They always ask how it began. Three guys with garage band mania, copying guitar licks and belting it out until the chords cracked. Arms locked, we were in it together, working for our break.

Running on the edge of the world, we chased empty promises of happiness. Seduced by the money, and rock n roll fame, they said the fabric that binds, was the gag on our dreams. It broke our bond.

Every man for himself, the road got tough, an F’ed up free for all.

Ditching superficial words, daring to swim in deep water, we found the true reward.

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Jo Hawk The Writer

Vagabond Shoes – 100 Word Wednesday

Title: Vagabond Shoes
Source:  100 Word Wednesday: Week 126
Word count: 100 words

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Nina paced, flitting from the window to the deck. A massive cruise ship slid across the water and Nina sighed. Cannes was diverting, Marco was a fabulous host, and the season was ending.

“Time for a new beginning,” she said.

An hour later, her suitcase rolling behind her, as she checked her phone for directions to the audition. Seventeen days to Port Canaveral promised stops in Barcelona, Lisbon, Ponte something, and her next adventure.

In exchange for four hours of Vegas-style dancing in the Stardust Theater, they offered crew’s quarters and pocket change. Nina threw her hat into the ring.

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Jo Hawk The Writer

Solid Footing – 100 Word Wednesday

Title: Solid Footing
Source:  100 Word Wednesday: Week 132
Word count: 100 words

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Mom hated his squeaky saxophone and forbid him from practicing in the house. Banished, he took his show on the road and in the backyard, he pinned sheet music to the clothesline, riffing on bird calls he had a ball.

His teachers took notice, pressured him to perform, propelled him toward stardom and burnout.

Meeting a sax player in a no-name band, and his face betrayed his sorrow for the man.

“Don’t pity me. I love my life and my music. It’s a secret too few learn.”

He realizing he longed to return to his beginnings to rediscover his joy.

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Jo Hawk The Writer

Red Hot Hope – 100 Word Wednesday

Title:  Red Hot Hope
Source:  100 Word Wednesday: Week 129
Word count: 100 words

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Jamie collapsed against the steering wheel, letting the diesel engine idled. Sweat poured down his neck, pooling under his hatband. AC vents blew hot air. Removing the ball cap, he tossed it on the metal cashbox on the seat next to him.

Yesterday he had reached the end of the road. He spent his last dollar to set up at the street fair. A scorcher, wrapped in humidity, fanned by the flaming grill, it was his only chance.

Exhausted, he knew he had done his best. The take was enough for tomorrow and Jamie breathed as the AC kicked in.

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Jo Hawk The Writer

Warned – 100 Word Wednesday

Title: Warned
Source:  100 Word Wednesday: Week 128
Word count: 100 words

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As they approached the gaping black hole at the mountain’s base, Chrissy grew nervous.

“Mom, I don’t want to go in,” she squeezed her mother’s waist hard.

Mom flinched, the handbrake squealed, and she stopped the bike next to the picnic tables.

“What’s wrong?” she asked.

“Can we go home?” she pleaded as Mom lifted her from the bike’s kangaroo seat and set her on the graveled path.

“Why?”

“The tree people are watching,” she whispered, “and they’re telling us to leave.”

“They say you’ll die.”

The sky darkened and a cold wind raised goosebumps.

“Tell them we’re leaving. Now.”

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Jo Hawk The Writer

 

Double Crossed – 100 Word Wednesday

Title: Double Crossed
Source:  100 Word Wednesday: Week 127
Word count: 100 words

I was a man on fire. I drew you, attracted you with promises of sweet protection from demons haunting the night. Flirting with danger, I wondered why you wanted to cross the line, but those thoughts are fleeting when the world isn’t real. Super slow motion we crafted an illusion. Young and naïve, I tried to warn you, protect you from the peril I didn’t see until it was too late.

Your love lingers, a desperate memory on my heart, you left me broken pieces, fading glimpses.  My flame released to the wind.  I am a man burnt by yearning.

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Jo Hawk The Writer