50 Words Thursday # 58

Deb Whitman is the host of 50 Words Thursday this week.

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

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To be at liberty and out in the London streets was like being out of prison”.

– Mrs Budley Falls From Grace – MC Beaton

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Joan Smith had been saving and planning for a visit to the old country. Her parents were from England and visiting London was her life long ambition. She worked as a librarian in a high school in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. It was where her parents had settled way back in early twentieth century. She was raised there and later married a nice local man, Jacob Smith. They were happy, but after her husband’s death, she longed to go and see England.

Finally she was there. She flew to London on a fine Sunday. To be at liberty to roam about and out in the London streets was like being out of prison. It was all that she had imagined and much more.

It was karma that, she met Peter in the pub her first night.It was love at first sight! The decision to visit London changed her life!

~*~

Word count; 150

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50 Words Thursday # 57

Kristian is the host of 50 Words Thursday this week.

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50-word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
  • HAVE FUN!

So here is the picture for this week:

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And the words: “One of the hardest things for boys to learn is that a teacher is human. One of the hardest things for a teacher to learn is not to try and tell them.”
― Alan Bennett, The History Boys

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Taking the boys to the museum was rather a big challenge for Mr. Jones. He was not a strict disciplinarian by nature and the boys were young. They would try to play truant or prank people there. But an excursion to visit the museum was planned and they were going. He hoped that they would be good, but he knew one of the hardest things for boys to learn was that a teacher is human. One of the hardest things for a teacher to learn is not to try and tell them. He would not appeal to their good nature but rather hoped, prayed for divine help.

The day dawned bright and crisp. And to the surprise of the whole of grade five and Mr. Jones, the trip went without a hitch. No misbehavior, no mischief, and nothing that any teacher could object to. It was indeed, the perfect trip.

~*~

Word count; 150

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50 Words Thursday # 56

Deb Whittam is the host of 50 Words Thursday this week.

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

I’m looking forward to what these prompts inspire, so here’s the picture:

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“Miss Tonks, the weakest, had been persuaded to go on a raiding mission,” – Miss Tonks Turns to Crime – MC Beaton 112

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Tom was in charge of provisions. He allocated tasks to them about scavenging for food and then they would bring it all to him. If approved, they would share in the collective bounty. Otherwise, the rejected offering would be discarded and the one who brought it would either go hungry or would fend for themselves. Miss Tonks was just a few months old and not yet wise in the ways of the world. But when Tom said it was time for her to learn to fend for food, it was. And that’s how, Miss Tonks, the weakest, had been persuaded to go on a raiding mission! Her mom was apprehensive about her going on her own but as was the rule, she was made to go on the raid alone. She came back triumphant with a paper bag of discarded chicken legs in her mouth. She had passed the test.

~*~

Word count: 150

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50 Words Thursday # 55

Kristian is the host of 50 Words Thursday this week .

So, now to this week’s challenge:

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50-word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
  • HAVE FUN!

So here is the picture for this week:

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“… after that, he had to make his way all down the parade to the West Pier” – Brighton Rock, Graham Greene.

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Rows of tiny shacks at the beach looked deserted. And why not, it was winter after all. The time for him was perfect. He forced open the lock in the nearest hut and hit the stash of drugs there . after that, he had to make his way all down the parade to the West Pier, where he already had a couple of buyers lined up. He wanted to make sure that they weren’t undercover cops before he showed them the merchandise. But he was arrested just outside the door. The cops had him in their sight for a long time.

~*~

Word count; 100

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50 Words Thursday # 54- Open house

Deb Whittam is the host of 50 Words Thursday

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

I’m looking forward to what these prompts inspire, so here’s the picture:

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“It was Heather who had made the whole thing work.” – Death of a Gossip – MC Beaton

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It was Heather who had made the whole thing work. She had worked the garden and made sure that everything was just the way it was supposed to look. It was no easy thing making sure that each and every detail was accurate according to the pictures she had found in her grandfather’s desk.

The overseas guests would be arriving soon. The inaugural tour to this historic house had attracted quite a large number of bookings. It was apparently all the rage to visit ancient seats of nobility in Britain. After Downton Abby, everyone wanted to see them for themselves.

~*~

Word count: 100

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50 Words Thursday # 53

Deb Whittam is the host of 50 Words Thursday this week.

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

I’m looking forward to what these prompts inspire, so here’s the picture:

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“Tom could see her tears as she wrote it.” The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

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It was the most difficult piece of writing Catherine had ever done. Tom could see her tears as she wrote it. He felt sorry for her but it was something only she could do. After she had done writing, she carefully folded the letter and put it in an envelope. Handing Tom the letter, she asked him to hand-deliver it. He took the letter and put it away in his pocket.

“They had a right to know and they should be told the truth”

“I know but it will break their hearts”

“You are following your dreams dear girl”

~*~

Word count; 100

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50 Words Thursday # 52

Deb Whittam is the host of 50 Words Thursday this week.

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

I’m looking forward to what these prompts inspire, so here’s the picture:

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“If you kiss me you will live forever.” The Contrary Tale of the Butterfly Girl by Ishbelle Bee

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The ringing of the bell was insistent. She looked at the time and mumbled under her breath, “who could it be at this time of night”

She was enjoying the nightly reruns of her favorite soap. The heroine was saying in a breathless whisper,“ If you kiss me you will live forever.” And she wasn’t going to miss this scene by going to see who was at the front-door. But whoever it was, wasn’t giving up. So she reluctantly got up.When she opened the door she forgot all about the fictional romance. Her own hero was standing right here.

~*~

Word count: 100

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50 Words Thursday # 51- The ideal location

Deb Whittam is the host of 50 Words Thursday.

Here’s the rules:

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

Here is the picture:

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The flat fields to left and right looked desolate in the twilight.” – The Talented Mr Ripley – Patricia Highsmith.

~*~

Catching his breath in wonder, he looked at the valley spread below him. The flat fields to left and right looked desolate in the twilight. He was glad he had made the climb. The wilderness didn’t bothered him. This was the ideal location for what he had in mind. No one would come looking for him in this desolate place. He could follow his art in isolation. Mikhail was an artist who liked to work only with nature. But he was seriously rankled by the presence of onlookers while painting.

Now to set up his tent and get to work.

~*~

Word count: 100

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50 Words Thursday # 50

Deb Whittam is hosting this Challenge for the week as Kristian is on a sabbatical.

I’m looking forward to what these prompts inspire, so here’s the picture:

“Now every sound seemed sinister.” – MC Beaton’s “Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist.”

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The track led up to a hollow cavern in the center of the promontory. He drove his Jeep along the track hoping to find a place to hide. Lucky for him, the opening was wide enough that he could drive straight in. He got off the Jeep and found a place to hide. He knew that if they came in that cave, they would discover his presence immediately because of his vehicle. But he had no option. As time passed he got more and more anxious. Now every sound seemed sinister. And he imagined being discovered by his pursuers.

After some time he gathered his courage and walked up the opening of the cave to peek out. There wasn’t anyone there. Jubilant, he got into his vehicle and started reversing out of the cave. Just then the cave was lit up with strong light. He was spotted by the enemy.

~*~

Word count: 150

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50 Words Thursday # 49

Deb Whittam is the host of 50 Word Thursday this week.

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

Prompt Idea 2

“In his present mood he was not only shockingly dangerous, but he was also in danger.” – Amanda Quick, ‘Til Death Do Us Part. 114

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In his present mood, he was not only shockingly dangerous, but he was also in danger. Joey went after him. He knew that being lost and disoriented with rage would be so disconcerting for Jeff. He also knew that he wouldn’t appreciate his help at all. After looking near the beach, he finally found a clue. One of the shoes Jeff was wearing was lying abandoned near the rocky part of the beach. He started shouting his name and at long last received an answering shout. After he rescued Jeff from the cave he had been trapped in, Joey apologized for ragging his younger brother. And carried him to where his car was parked. He promised Jeff never to play such a dangerous prank again. He realized that having fun at the cost of someone’s feelings was totally a bad idea. He was glad that they were friends again.

~*~

Word count: 150

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