PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll
In the Hot House
“Oh wow, Grandad look! These are something else!”
“Look! They’ve got bright spotlights on them and… look, they’ve also got powerful water jets… they’re amazing… and the ladders… they’re really really long… and they’re winding out really fast!”
“Yes Bobby, let’s just watch a minute and see how they manoeuvre the ladders.”
“Wow, they spin right round too!”
“Can’t wait to tell Charlie what I’ve seen today…”
“…and wait ‘til I tell mum!”
Grandad took a deep, audible breath.
Oh dear, I’m in the hot house again!
“Now I know exactly what I want to ask Santa for Christmas!”
PHOTO PROMPT © Marie Gail Stratford
“Oh you’re kidding me!”
“What number did she give you?” I shrieked in disbelief.
“I thought that was a house number!”
“No, an apartment number silly!”
“But I hate lifts!”
”How long have we got?”
“Just under half an hour.”
“Crikey, we’d better get a move on if I’m going to climb all those stairs and not look deranged on arrival.”
“I hope this is worth it.”
“If we get the contract, we’ll ask her if there are any really good coffee shops nearby that she’d recommend.”
“That way next time we can lure her down to ground level!”
Tuesday Photo Challenge
This old stone farmhouse slop sink has found a new life as kitchen and bathroom for the local wildlife (and pondlife, if the water remains long enough).
PHOTO PROMPT © Sarah Ann Hall for this week’s Friday Fictioneers
Firmly, she held my hand leading me into the study.
The tension, blatantly tangible.
A lump manifest in my throat… my heart quickened.
With contrived aplomb, she waved me forward, as if addressing royalty.
“There they are!”
Oh dear… they… are… ugly.
Spotlight on me, I swallowed discreetly.
She waited… underlying tension lay between us…projecting her desired response.
Knowing lying contorts my insides, meekly, I offered…
“Thought you said you’d only bought a few.”
Her face dropped to a sullen sag.
“I thought you’d like them!” she spat.
“But they’re yours.”
“It only matters that you like them!”
There’s something about a sunset… stops me in my tracks… dumbstruck.
Feeling my body torn… do what I think I should be doing… or stop?
Indulge this awesome moment!?…
“There’s never been a sunset like this one!”
Where’s the camera?… quick!
Pondering my actions…
Some say ‘You should just drink it in… if photographing it, you’re not ‘being here now’.
Yes, maybe that’s their experience…. but not mine.
Using my camera keeps part of my mind busy, freeing me to be fully present in the moment.
Indulgently clicking away …
I’m going to really enjoy reliving this later!…