This week’s prompts are at the bottom. Feel free to seize the prompts, twist them, form them, play with them as you will. All comers are welcome. The words below are few this week. They are just practice for me. I had a lot of fun writing them and, practice makes perfect.
How he’d waited this long without killing someone was beyond him. But he’d made it through … mostly. There had been that day near Kamdesh, in Nuristan Province.
It was early October 2009. He had been at COP Keating when the fighting broke out. He’d later heard that there had been an estimated 150 insurgents killed. He had no way of knowing how many he had been responsible for, but there must have been a couple; at least a couple. Two weeks after that, his CO had pinned a medal on his tunic. There mighta been one or two more for which he had never gotten medals. He wasn’t sure.
There was also Ms North. He’d only been about six or seven years old. Ms North was babysitting while his parents went somewhere, he couldn’t remember where. They were always going somewhere. Anyway, his mother had told Ms North not to let him swing in the apple tree. Then, she had told him the same thing, in front of Ms North.
She had said, “Stay out of the apple tree, Little Bill. Do as you’re told, and don’t give Ms North any trouble, ya’ hear? Your dad and I won’t be home till after bedtime, so we’ll see you in the morning.” Later, when he was swinging in the apple tree, he fell and broke his arm, it caused his parents to come home early. Ms North felt pretty bad about the whole thing. She had a heart attack that evening. Hell, that one might not have even been his fault. More like a coincidence, a classic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, maybe.
And there was that guy. That guy out by Ruby Falls but that was a case of self defence. That guy was looking for trouble. Yeah, Little Bill thought to himself, he’d made it through without killing anyone… mostly, but today might be his day.
This week’s prompts are:
- they did everything right
- leave it alone
- it’s a little too retro