#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, 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

#Whatdoyousee, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

What do you see # 164

Sadje’s rules:

Image credit; Whoisbenjamin@Unsplash

For the visually challenged reader, this image shows a rock formation extending into water in the shape of a portal/ doorway.

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Doorway on the Beach

By Tessa Dean December 2022

Ben and Josie were walking hand in hand along the beach. They had their swimsuits on and were looking for a place to swim. They talked about their upcoming wedding as they walked. Ben was interested in helping plan the wedding, so he was invested in this conversation and listened intently as she talked about where they were in their plans and what might need planning. Even though they lived near the beach, they didn’t visit it much, so today was a day for exploring. 

Suddenly Josie stopped and pointed towards the water. She noticed a large rock with what appeared to be a doorway to the other side. “Let’s stop here and see if we can walk out the opening and walk through it. I don’t know how deep it is, though.”

Ben was up for it, and they took off their shorts and t-shirts and started to wade out to the opening. Suddenly the beach floor dropped from under them, sinking them up to their necks. Floundering in the water, they finally got their feet under them. 

“I guess that wasn’t such a great idea,” Josie said, struggling to keep her head above the water. Being the shorter of the two, it was harder on her. “Let’s forget it. It’s too deep. I don’t want to swim out there.”

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, Haiku, Photo Prompt, Poetry, Prompt

#WRITEPHOTO – Wreathe

K L Caley’s Rules

Wreath – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a stone building with two large wooden doors, hung upon which is an impressive wreath.

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Wreath Upon Both Doors

By Tessa Dean December 2022

double doors adorned

lovely wreath upon both doors

the wreath welcomes all

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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

#Whatdoyousee, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

What do you see # 163

Sadje’s rules:

Image Credit; Mohamed Almari @ Pexels

For the visually challenged reader, the image shows a shot of Golden gate bridge taken from the shore. There is a dramatic sky in the background.

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Sunset

By Tessa Dean December 2022

We sat on the beach as the sun slowly set over the Golden Gate Bridge. We sat in our chairs talking as the sun was slowly setting across from us. It was a beautiful site. I am amazed every time I see the sun setting over in the west. Whenever the weather is good we come down and watch from the shore, on bad nights we watch the sky from our huge windows in the condo that overlook the bridge.

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, Haiku, Photo Prompt, Prompt

#WRITEPHOTO – Neighbors

K L Caley’s Rules

Neighbours – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows two houses with matching doors, railings and winter decor.

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Matching Winter Decor

By Tessa Dean December 2022

the doors are matching

two of a kind living here

same winter decor

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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

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.wordpress.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

#Whatdoyousee, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

What do you see # 162

Sadje’s rules:

Image credit; UNKNOWN

For the visually challenged reader, this image shows a sign saying; “You have been warned “ it’s lit up in yellow color light over a reddish background.

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21 or Over

By Tessa Dean November 2022

My friends and I spend every Friday night at a local bar. We just started going though since our last member finally turned 21, the legal drinking age. This bar has a sign that says you must be 21 years or older to drink and they emphasized it with a neon sign that says “You have been warned.”

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

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.wordpress.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

#writephoto, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

#WRITEPHOTO – Herd

K L Caley’s Rules

Visitor – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows very foggy morning, just through the fog a herd of deer can just about be seen.

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Foggy Morning!

By Tessa Dean November 2022

It was a foggy morning, and a quick peek out of the tent showed that visibility was very low. We slowly dressed and climbed out to start breakfast and looked around our tent. It was hard to see just a few away due to the fog.

Suddenly Sandra yelled that she could see deer in the next copse of trees. We crowded around her and looked at where she pointed. Sandra was sure they were reindeer and was very excited, and she wanted to go over to them. We tried to explain to her that if we were to approach them, they would most likely take off. They were afraid of us.

She didn’t care she just wanted to see them up close. We walked as slowly and quietly as possible, but we only got a little closer before they bolted in all directions. Sandra was disappointed and started to cry. As we stood there comforting her, one of them returned and started to graze again, and the rest soon followed. We were closer than we had been, so she got a much better look at them and was finally consoled enough to stop crying and just watch them from where we were.

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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

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.wordpress.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

#Whatdoyousee, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

What do you see # 160

Sadje’s rules:

Image credit; Pavel Danilyuk@ Pexels

For the visually challenged reader, this image shows a young man in a pose of supplication, hands together and head bowed in prayer.

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At Peace

By Tessa Dean November 2022

As we waited to board our plane, I noticed a young man bowing his head in prayer. He had a cross dangling from his earring and wore something on a chain around his neck, which could have been a rosary, but I wasn’t sure as I couldn’t get a glimpse of what it was. 

As he was standing in the way of the line, he was jostled quite a bit, but he didn’t stop his prayer until he was done. People had walked around him to board the plane. Finally, I saw him enter, and he seemed more at peace. He seemed calmer than before he started his prayer. The sight of him prompted me to do a prayer for our safety on the trip. I too felt more at peace afterward.

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

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.wordpress.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

#writephoto, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

#WRITEPHOTO – Upsizing

K L Caley’s Rules

Upsizing – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersa tiny crab next to a giant shell.

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A New Home!

By Tessa Dean November 2022

We were scouring the sand for conch shells on the Caribbean Sea beach in the Bahamas. We knew that giant marine hermit crabs would attack a conch, and that way, they had a meal and a shell to live in. We found a conch shell with a hermit crab living in it, but we found out at the airport that we could not take a conch shell out of the country.

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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

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.wordpress.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/