Still life: Wolf In Chalk

Clementine’s porcelain hand tightened around hers and pulled her down the hallway. Leona let the girl escort her up the stairs. Her cousin’s enthusiasm, like the radiance of the sun, was inescapable and warming. As they climbed up and up, Leona’s burdens felt further and further away. When they reached the landing, she desired only sleep.

The Good Shepherd by D. Marie Prokop


 

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Alone Again

Leona waited until she’d exited the office before wiping away a fat tear from her cheek. The heavy door closed with a thud behind her. Exhausted from the exchange, she leaned against the wall and sighed.

She was alone again.

-The Good Shepherd  by D. Marie Prokop


 

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Shu Rui

I would rather be with Shu Rui than anyone in the world. She makes me laugh with her funny words and silly smiles. No one in my family listens to me, but Shu Rui does. And she never ignores me or tells me I talk too much.

-The Baiji


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I Do Not Fear…

Prompt- Write a poem that starts with “I do not fear”
I do not fear your pain, wrenched from experiences
I do not fear your anger, righteous indignation
I do not fear your laughter, reflected tomfoolery
I do not fear your intellect, mused facts
I do not fear your attraction, biological response
I do not fear your dreams, goals awaiting acceptance
I do not fear your tears, humanity’s glue
I fear your assumptions, walls to empathy
I fear your pride, fists balled to face
I fear your greed, war begetting ownership
I fear your hatred, blind bloody binges
I fear your addiction, puppet strings
I fear your nightmares, prophesied vengeance
I fear your rejection, abandonment at the precipice

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At A Distance

 “The Cloak of Dreams?” Li asked.

“It’s a story about an emperor with a sad dilemma,” Ellen explained to Li. “He loved his wife very much, but she had a dreaming soul.  When he held her in his arms, her soul wandered far away to her dream world.  So she spent five years embroidering the images of her dreams onto a cloak and presented it to the emperor.  If he wore the cloak, no longer would she have to choose between the path of her dreams and the path of her love.  If he didn’t wear the cloak, he could hold her, but her soul would continue to wander.  He chose to wear the cloak.”

“And she followed him at a distance for the rest of her life,” Ainsling finished explaining to Li.  “It’s the sacrifice he makes because he loves her.  She can’t touch him, but they are closer than ever.  Isn’t that beautiful, Li?”

The Red Cloak, Chapter 1, The Cloak of Dreams


 

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Restless

F.R.M. President Glenn Masterson was restless.  Usually after a few shots of vodka, he went right to sleep.  Not tonight.  He tossed and turned until he couldn’t take it anymore and gave up trying. 

            The world was about to change.  How could he sleep?

The Red Knot, Chapter 18, The Knowledge of Good and Evil


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Fool

“Dr. Griffin, do you understand the importance of impressing Commander Chen?”

The dark-haired neurosurgeon scoffed at his short, scowling companion.

“Before this meeting is over, Comrade Chen will be eating out of my palm.”

This time, it was Dr. Feng who scoffed.

“You are a fool.  Chen Changxing is a Chinese soldier—not a naive teenage girl.”

“Oh, I’m a fool, am I?  Then maybe you should try and perform this surgery without my guidance.  I’m sure you’re talented enough to figure it out on your own.  Wait—weren’t you the one who spent years trying to figure out the error in my father’s formula without ever coming close to the answer?  Who was the only one able to succeed?  Me!

-The Red Knot, Prologue


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Alone Again

Leona felt a wave of sadness. She had found her family. But
it was a family that only partially wanted her. Aunt Franny doted
on her, but Uncle Ezra would be relieved she was leaving.
Clementine usually acted loving toward her, but Leona feared
the girl’s fickleness. What would happen if she fell out of
Clementine’s favor?
It didn’t matter. Soon, Leona would be alone again.

-The Good Shepherd, D. Marie Prokop


 

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