Down Payment

“It was our darkest hour,” the President announced over the radio. “We must do better. We will do better.”

Families gathered in the shelter and huddled close together near the radio. All sat in hushed silence, straining to hear.

“To those affected,” the President continued, “the nation sends their prayers and eternal gratitude.”

“What did he say?”



“Momma, what does he mean?”

The adults looked to one another, then eyes turned to the children. No one wanted to say what they were thinking, what they knew he meant.

“We will never forget what you have done,” the President concluded.

Only one man spoke, but he echoed all their hearts, “Our own President sold us out.”

They were the payment for peace with the newcomers so the President and his like could flourish even more.

“Let’s hope we are only the down payment,” the man said.


Story Starter Challenge April 4

Welcome to the Story Starter Challenge!

Every day I will post a new sentence prompt. Use the provided sentence somewhere in your post. It can be a starting sentence, closing sentence, anything you choose. Read it and see where the sentence takes you.

Have Fun!

Today’s sentence: “It was our darkest hour.”

Opposites Attract Challenge April 4

Welcome to the Opposites Attract Challenge!

For this challenge, I provide one word and a list of its antonyms. The challenge is to use the prompt word AND one (or more) of its antonyms in some form of writing (or creative work).

Explore the word and its opposite … challenge your creative side


Today’s word: fortunate

Antonyms: hapless, ill-fated, ill-starred, luckless, star-crossed, unfortunate, unhappy, unlucky

The Adventure of a Lifetime (A to Z Blogging Challenge #4)

Image by David Mark from Pixabay

While cooking a fish over the open fire, it came to her. “I am going to call on Poseidon for help. Surely he will help. He must.”

She spent a restless night on the beach near the fire. Dreams of monsters raising from the ocean’s depths, raging seas, and a town on fire plagued her.

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