He Waited

Erik rested on the hard, wooden bench and waited. The sun warmed his weathered face. Buttered popcorn, cotton candy, and the unmistakable aroma of fried batter swirled on the breeze. Children’s laughter made him chuckle. With his eyes closed, he watched as Alan and Harvey rode the ferris wheel while Mary called, “look at me daddy” from the pony ride. His hand remembered holding Sarah’s as they walked in the glow of the midway. Slow, deep breathing brought the memories closer. It was a warm summer afternoon.

“Join me on the ferris wheel?”

 “I’ve waited for you.” Erik smiled.


Page 17, Line 10

If you haven’t participated in this fun little prompt before, it’s quite simple. Grab a book…any kind of book…and flip to page 17, then count to line 6. Use that line as a prompt for a post. You can take the quote directly as use that in a story, or simply find inspiration in the line and come up with something else.

Simply provide the quote (along with book title and author) and have fun 🙂

If you want to participate, simply write a post and link it back to this post so everyone can read it.

My line this time is from an ARC that is due out next month.

Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by J.M. Bergen

…pranked, but found his eyes unwavering. “But you just said…

Grace and Gracie were identical twins. They were inseparable at birth and everyone jokingly asked if even the parents could tell them apart. By the time they were two, they had invented their own system of communicating that no one else understood. Raised in a sheltered home in a small community, Grace and Gracie never knew about anything outside of Fox Run. Three days before their eighth Christmas, while driving to the church for a special gathering, their father swerved to avoid a stalled car and slid on a patch of black ice. Grace opened her eyes in her room at Franklin County Children’s Hospital and found herself alone for the first time in her life.

Doctor after doctor and nurse after nurse tried to get her to speak, but she would not. She remained silent when her grandparents arrived to take her to their home in Fort Smith, a city a thousand times larger than she had ever seen. She remained silent for the first few days, then Grandpa paused by her door and heard whispered voices.

“She’s gonna be alright, mom,” he said, sitting at the kitchen table. “She’s in there talking to herself.”

Grandma was so happy to hear that she had tears in her eyes. It was hard losing one’s family so young, but Grace was strong. She had to pull through.

Grace started school the following week and instantly got marked at the class nut. She refused to sit where the teacher assigned her because she insisted she needed two seats. At lunch she pulled out two bags and laughed at unspoken jokes. She even refused to speak normal words unless the teacher threatened to send her to the principal’s office.

Weeks passed and things did not improve. Howard, the class heart as they nicknamed him in kindergarten, sat with Grace one day at lunch. “Hi.”

Grace paused mid-bite and looked at him.

“Um, peanut butter, huh? I like peanut butter too. Would you like to play with us after lunch, Grace?”

“Gracie,” she said.

Howard was confused. “Gracie? I thought your name was Grace?”

“It is.”

“Um, okay.” Howard looked around the lunchroom searching for a hidden camera. “So, do you want to play with us, Grace?”

“It’s Gracie and no, I don’t. I don’t like you.”

Howard was convinced he was being pranked, but found his eyes unwavering. “But you just said your name was Grace.”

“It is, silly. I would love to play with you.”

There was something about the way she said ‘play with you’ that instantly made him remember the time he snuck into the movie theater during a horror movie marathon and saw two girls standing at the end of a long hallway alive one moment and dead the next. Howard screamed and ran from the lunch room. No one ever tried to make friends with Grace again.

Fibbing Friday

Earlier today I asked ten questions and said to come up with the best fib you could. It’s too fun to pass up, so here are my answers

Everyone thinks they know the story of Jack and Jill, but why did they really go up the hill?

Jill told Jack she saw a rainbow land right on top of that hill and that she swore she saw a leprechaun up there. Well, now Jack didn’t believe her at first, but then she pulled out a bag of gold coins. There’s loads more up there she told him. Jack was a greedy little boy, so he ran straight up that hill with her trailing behind him. Once she heard his scream, she laughed and laughed. Oh, there were leprechauns up there and she did have a bag of gold. She sold Jack to the leprechauns. Teach him to rip the heads off her dolls.

What was humpty dumpty sitting on and why?

Well, here’s the real story. The story that Humpty didn’t want to ever get out. Humpty Dumpty had a fetish, you see, and well, there was a wall, that part was true, but the wall surrounded the Storybook Shoe Factory and he fell out of the tree he was in trying to peep into the second floor testing room where he could see all the naked feet as they slipped in and out of shoes.

What did Rapunzel let down?

We all know how Rapunzel went around telling everyone that she let down her hair and the prince climbed up and rescued her, but that’s not the way it happened. Trust me. I was her chamber maid, and she was hardly a captive up there in her playroom. She just liked to make people think she was. You see, she lowered a rope ladder out one window to the unsuspecting young men you bought her story about needing help, and then she would shove their drained corpse out the other window into the pit. The town didn’t learn she was a soul-sucker until it was too late.

What was Little Miss Muffet eating and what happened when the spider came down beside her?

That poor spider. Didn’t know what hit him. Sure, parents like to say she was just eating curds and whey, but in truth, Little Miss Muffet, if you can call a demon spawn Miss, was eating a large bowl of maggots and grubs doused in blood. Spiders are her favorite seasoning.

Why was Hansel and Gretel sent into the woods?

Little known fact…Hansel and Gretel’s parents were deeply involved in the black market. Hansel and Gretel were out in the woods collecting ginseng and poppy for their parent’s customers.

Who really ate Grandma?

She sure pulled a fast one didn’t she. Everyone thinks it was the wolf and the huntsman came along and saved her, but that’s not the truth. Red wasn’t even expected at her grandma’s house. She grew hungry though. By the time the huntsman arrived at the house Red had devoured half her grandma. He helped her finish. Waste not, want not.

What did the Three Little Pigs build their houses out of?

Come on, their pigs. Everyone knows smart little pigs makes their home from the bones, bodies, and shit of their enemies.

What did Little Jack Horner pull out of the pie?

A human finger! That was the last time he bought a pie from Mrs. Lovett.

What is the true story behind Cinderella?

That brat! You know it was all a lie anyway. It that slipper was hers, and was supposedly a perfect fit, how did it slip off in the first place? Huh? She think’s she’s all perfect for him. It wasn’t my fault she got the good the fairy godmother and I got Broomhilda. Can’t tell the difference between being a shoo in and a shoe in the prince’s life. GAH!

Rumpelstiltskin wasn’t his name…what was it?

Oh, him, pfft. Thinks his name was some big secret. Get a few drinks in him and he’s shouting his own name at the top of his lungs while dancing naked on the table. It’s Dick.