This week compose a tale that involves underwater.
You decide what it is or who it is that is underwater and what they do or don’t discover.
Go where the prompt leads you and have fun.
He dived into the deep blue water and prepared to surface, but he couldn’t kick back his feet to propel himself to the surface. He took a quick look and saw his feet, both of them tangled in the seaweeds………
He had dived into the swimming pool and not the ocean. Why were his feet trapped in the seaweed which had no business being there. As the thoughts crossed his mind he felt desperate for air and increased the struggle to free his feet.
“Will you stop kicking me”, the angry and plaintive voice of his wife’s voice penetrated his almost comatose state of sleep. He sat up abruptly and took a deep breath. It was a nightmare, what a relief to wake up.
His wife asked him what was going on in his dreams and why he was thrashing about. He fobbed her off with an evasive answer, but he now knew that his subconscious mind was warning him about the business venture he was planning on undertaking with a school friend. He will call him today and cry off from that risky proposition.
This week write your response a crime fiction story in whatever format you choose. ___________Crime Fighter.
Little Bo was crime fighter extraordinaire. His passion was solving unsolvable cases and ridding his town of crime. People never understood his passion and most of them made fun of him. But he was undeterred. He kept on pursuing criminals and bringing the guilty to the justice.
Each day, he would don his mask and cape and would stand in front of his house after school. He had a stand there bearing his name in big red letters,
“Bo the one man army against crime”
It took him many years to earn the respect of his town’s people. But he did it in the end!
This week we are still caught up in lockdowns of various types. One of the features of the lockdown round my way has been the large number of people who have performed clean ups around their homes and properties.
Write your clean up story, be it real or a wish for situation
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade
When forced to stay in the home, do something useful
I did that too along with several people that I know
Clothes, shoes, household items all pared down
Given away or disposed off lightening up the load in my home
I guess this situation has produced tons to trash
And thousands of donations to charities
And if we learn our lesson, we would not buy more stuff again
For if nothing else, this time has shown us
How little we actually need for living a good life.
This week write your response to the notion of a campfire. Most of us have experienced them or have dreamed of doing so.
There is something totally enchanting about sitting around a campfire 🔥. Even if it is in your backyard. The crackling flames, the heat, and light from the fire casting shadows makes it a memorable experience. One feels free as if liberated from the shackles of daily routine and conventions.
Roasting marshmallows, exchanging stories, or even mundane life experiences take on a whole new meaning when we sit outside under the open sky.
As the days get shorter and nights longer
Summer is on its way out and autumn is taking over
There is a desire to light a bonfire and gather around it
I am sharing this post from 6 November 2018. The topic was Masks, so it fits perfectly. And since it’s one of my early posts, not many people have read it. I have made a few changes.
When you say mask, what comes to mind, (apart from the masks we’ve had to wear in response to COVID-19) can be anything from the masked figures from a suspense/ thriller movie, to a romantic masked character in a Cinderella-like ball! It could also be the traditional costume masks worn in certain cultures, like that of Venice , Korea and some African countries.
But I would like to talk aboutEveryday Masksthat we all wear. Not intentionally but subconsciously!
We are taught to conquer our feelings, to not show our fears and not to divulge out hurts. Be brave, be strong! This constant conditioning has an impact on most of us. We start hiding behind masks.
We mask our fear with a smile of bravado. We hide our tears behind a mask of indifference. The hurt is hidden behind a facade of nonchalance. The weakness is covered by a show of overconfidence.
Have you ever thought why!Why is it not right to show our feelings? Why should the emotions be hidden from the people around us? What is the reason for the pretense?
Maybe the pressure to conform to a certain standard is one of the factors. Girls can cry but boys can’t. Boys have to be brave and fearless. Girls have to be gentle and compassionate. There is nothing wrong in having these qualities in our personalities but projecting the stereotypical image, binds us socially to a fixed standard. We can’t be ourselves.We hide the emotions we are not Supposed to feel. And we wear Masks!
We alsowear these masks to protect ourselves from getting hurt. If we wear our hearts on our sleeve then we are going to get hurt. People are going to make light of our misery so it should not be shown. Tears and sorrow, anger and frustration are all hidden. We need to present a side of our personality which doesn’t makes people around us, uncomfortable.
Isn’t it the time to tear away theseMasksand to show the world our feelings.The feelings which will set us free from the shackles of the expectations of the society. Be ourselves. Express what we are feeling, but at the same timedon’t put the burden of our emotions on others.The expression of hope and fear, love and dismay can be shared with the world around us. This will at least lighten the burden we feel by hiding our true emotions.
Have you been in this sort of situation? Misunderstanding the requirement or the request and doing something totally opposite! I often have been in this type of fix. The reason is that I am too impulsive. I think I have got all the details, but I sometimes miss an important part of the message or the memo!
This impulsiveness has landed me many times in the situation where I am the one apologizing for the mixup . But I often find it amusing in the retrospect. But do the people on the other side do so too?
Do I find it easy to forgive when there is a mixup or misunderstanding? I do try not to create a scene and curb my annoyance because I know that I can make same blunders when the shoe is on the other foot. What about you? How do you react when someone’s ineptness and blunder has cost you loss of valuable time and money?
(This week write your response to the word – ‘forgiveness’.
This can be something you do for another person or something that is done for you or even something you do for yourself)