#writephoto, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

#WRITEPHOTO – Glimpse

K L Caley’s Rules

Glimpse – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a frosted window, through which you can see a family table and festive decorations.

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Christmas Eve Dinner

By Tessa Dean December 2022

Little Johnny stood outside the window peering in at a Christmas feast for Christmas Eve. Tears ran down his cheeks as he beheld the feast before him. This was his first Christmas without a feast of his own, as his family had all died in a car accident the day before. 

He hadn’t been with them as he had been playing with his friend, Mark, and came home to find the cops at his house. They were looking for him from what they were saying, but no one knew where he was, and he kept it that way. He didn’t want to go to a group home or be put with another family. 

He put his head down on the window sill and dreamed of Christmases past. They always celebrated this way too. He fell asleep, and the tears froze on his cheeks. 

“Son? Hey sonny,” the old man said. “Do you want to come in and join us? You look frozen. What are you doing out here? Are you the little boy they are searching for?”

He tried to run, but the man had a grip on him. The man urged him to come inside and eat. He would deal with the boy later. 

Johnny relaxed at the man’s kind words and went inside to join the feast. “Johnny, what are you doing here? We heard about your family and are so sorry. Here, sit by the fire and get warm. We’ll talk to child protective services after dinner, but for now, you are welcome to eat and get warm,” his friend’s mother said after seeing who her dad had brought in. They had all seen the child outside the window. 

As promised, they called child protective services after dinner. Since there was no room anywhere for another child, Mark’s parents offered to let him stay there with them indefinitely. They talked late into the night after the boys went to bed, and they were willing to adopt Johnny into their family. He was a well-behaved boy, and Mark absolutely loved him. Plans were put into action to start the proceedings for permanent placement. Right now, he at least had a home. They arranged to try and find Johnny’s gifts from his home so he would have something from Santa in the morning. Nothing would replace his family, but they would do their best to make his Christmas as special as possible. The police took the parents over to Johnny’s home, and along with Child Protective Services, they searched for his gifts. They found a few things for the child but not much for any of his brothers and sister either. Johnny’s family was poor, so they hustled to a 24-hour store, bought some stuff, wrapped it, and put it under the tree so he would have gifts in the morning.

Eventually, the adoption went through, and Johnny was permanently settled into his new home with understanding parents that loved him as much as their own children.

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

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Fiction, Prompt, Word of the Day Challenge

Gnome – Word of the Day Challenge

Rules for the Word of the Day Challenge:

Today’s word of the day is GNOME.

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Every house on our street had one of those ugly gnomes. We decided to be different and put our last name on our gnome with our house number. We had to search for a gnome that had a clear, flat surface to paint on.

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

#threethingschallenge, Fiction, Prompt

Three Things Challenge #M180

Prompt Rules

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Your three words today are:
HOMAGE
LAZY
NUTS

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Carnival

By Tessa Dean December 2022

Jackie stopped her car and got out at the park that was the entrance to a large forest. Most people used the park but avoided the forest because they preferred being in the sun rather than in the dark forest. It was part of the national park, and although people thought she was nuts for preferring the forest’s darkness, she hated the sun and did not pay homage to it at all. She preferred to be lazy and find a nice shady spot that didn’t let the sun in so she could enjoy the cool darkness and be left alone, whether it was reading or her own thoughts. She rarely took anyone with her since she preferred her own company.

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Fiction, Prompt, Word of the Day Challenge

Icicle – Word of the Day Challenge

Rules for the Word of the Day Challenge:

Today’s word of the day is ICICLE.

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As the day wore on and the sun shone on the gutters, the icicles got longer and longer in length. Aggie was afraid that their weight would pull the gutters off the roof. She tried to pull down the ones hanging over her doorway because she feared their weight would pull them down and hurt someone. She got out her hairdryer and extension cord and aimed the heat on the icicles so they would melt and come off before someone did get hurt. It happened to her neighbor last year, and the person who was hit by the icicle sued her for reckless endangerment. That was the last thing she needed.

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Fiction, Prompt, Weekend Writing Prompt

Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt #290 – Perpetual

Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt Rules:

The Forest

By Tessa Dean December 2022

Jason and Janet wandered through the forest that was in perpetual darkness due to the large, thick growth of trees. Most people avoided this part of the forest as they preferred just occasional shade from the sun, not an area that was in constant darkness. Jason and Janet enjoyed strolling down the paths and settling down in peaceful quiet for a picnic on a hot day. No one seems to want to stroll these paths as much as a path with sunshine also available.

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

#YDWordPrompt, Fiction, Prompt

Grab – Your Daily Word Prompt

Rules for One Daily Prompt:

Your word for the day is GRAB!

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The guard was supposed to stop people from grabbing the gift boxes on display. One little boy outsmarted everyone by crawling through their legs and grabbing a box, sitting on the floor, and unwrapping it. He started crying when he realized it was a fake gift.

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

#threethingschallenge, Fiction, Prompt

Three Things Challenge #M179

Prompt Rules

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Your final three words for this week are:
THOUGHT
DUNK
POT

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Carnival

By Tessa Dean December 2022

The carnival had a dunk tank, and the town’s mayor was one of the people waiting to be dunked. Everyone had missed so far, so he thought he was safe from a dunking. However, a teenager high on pot fired a shot and dunked the mayor. The mayor climbed out, spitting out water and rubbing the water out of his eyes. He knew that kid. He was a local troublemaker.

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

#writephoto, Fiction, Prompt

#WRITEPHOTO – Carriage

K L Caley’s Rules

Carriage – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a traditional carriageStacked on top and all around is a collection of brightly wrapped presents.

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Christmas Display

By Tessa Dean December 2022

The museum went all out to decorate for the holidays. This year the focus was on a shiny bright carriage. Gifts were stacked all around it, and an elf read out a poem dealing with the different holidays being celebrated every hour on the hour. The display was admired by many who visited the museum for the holidays. 

A guard stood nearby as there were no ropes to keep the people from touching the display. One small child crawled through the legs and unwrapped one of the gifts. They soon put ropes around the display and hired more guards so it wouldn’t happen again.

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

#YDWordPrompt, Fiction, Prompt

Assure – Your Daily Word Prompt

Rules for One Daily Prompt:

Your word for the day is ASSURE!

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Josh tried to assure Martin that the go-kart would hold together on its trip down the hill. Josh wasn’t buying it, though.

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Fiction, Friday Fictioneers, Photo Prompt, Prompt

16 DECEMBER 2022 Friday Fictioneers

Rochelle’s Rules:

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Stuffed Animal World

By Tessa Dean December 2022

Stuffed animals were everywhere. Leah’s small bed was covered with them, and so were all her chairs and even the floor, so you could barely walk into her room and over to the bed. 

Finally, her mother strung a clothesline above her bed using clips she hung all the small animals above her so she could reach up and touch them when she felt like it.

Hanging the small ones barely made a dent in all the stuffed toys, so her mother hung another stronger line in the corner of the room and hung the heavier toys with two pins.

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com