I was warm and cosy.
You, gracefully ambled your way through my door,
Snuggling affectionately beside me.
A small volcano erupting in your chest.
Tears fall down my soft cheek.
Tomorrow I will be without you.
The morning sun peeks from behind the curtain.
Death arrives on two legs.
Silence, shattered from my sobs.
It was the silence that woke me. Gasping for breath, I claw at the blankets that suffocate me. Oozing cuts need my attention, blood blossoming on the sheets. The shower brings life back to my limbs, as I move tenderly, sore and broken from the night before.
A beeping phone beckons me and I lift the phone to find countless missed calls from my parents. “Where are you? Are you OK?” text message after text message demands.
Yellow and purple bruising mark my skin. Whiplash has made my head ache and pound. I replay the events of the night in my mind.
The ferocious arguments, again and again; I made a split decision.
Hitting the gas instead of the brakes, trying to drive the anger away. Metal tearing and us, flying through the air. Unluckily for him, the impact was too much. Red and blue lights. Death. Endless questions from police with clipboards.
Ruining a life in order to save mine.
(Inspiration: the prompt ‘the first letter of each sentence spells a message that contradicts or adds to the story’.)
Rumour of his arrival. Harry crept downstairs. Presents torn asunder, angel broken, tree down. “Illegal aliens,” Pop slurred, bottle empty.
(Inspiration: past Rāmere Shorts challenge that I missed. The six words were Harry, angel, broken, illegal, rumour and presents)
Gravel crunched under her shoes, the path winding around roots of tall majestic kauri and bright yellow trumpeting kōwhai. The air dripped with the sweet nectar of native bird song, pierced occasionally with the shrill sound of cicadas, basking on the limbs of the trees. Fantails flittered through the greenery, tūī cocked their embellished throats, white pearls snuggled under their chins. An eerie tranquility pervaded, the heavy breath of nature lingering in the air. Although she was in the shade the heat was almost unbearable, her shirt beginning to cling to her. Stumbling over truant roots, she kicked up small clouds of debris in her rush to reach the other end.
Countless infinitesimal glittering diamonds sparkled from the sea like an iridescent paua, swirling in a multitude of colour. The soft breeze hugged the coastline, caressing the bright red flowers sprinkled amongst the pohutukawa’s crop of shiny green hair. Skipping over the top of the bush, it curled its fragile fingers around her hair, lifting and knotting the long strands with ease. She wrestled with its grip, struggling to tame her hair, ensnaring it into a dark baseball cap.
Turning her back on the bay, she found a rudimentary track around the periphery of the native bush, balancing precariously on the cliff between land and earth. And then, she jumped…
(Inspiration: a re-work of a story I wrote many, many years ago.)
Your cold, blue steel eyes. Colourless and bland. Your hair, or lack therefore. A shining bald spot in the middle of what used to be curls. That unruly beard, how it spikes and scratches against my skin. Your teeth, fragile and forever needing expensive work that leaves us scrabbling together cents. Your ears, almost elfin, with their broad bottoms and pointed, jutting tops.
The way you pick and peck at the food I cook, inspecting every piece for a shred of onion or leek. Yet you devour the much maligned brussels sprout and the flesh of animals, yeasty beer and strawberry-flavoured anything. The incessant rumbling and grumbling in your sleep, pounding against my eyelids. The endless fascination for mind-numbing action movies and an obsession with pointless history. Those godamn awful ‘package pant’ shorts you insist on wearing. That blue shirt.
How you hide your intelligence, beaten and bruised from years of school and being told you’re nothing more than a rugby-playing buffoon. Scarred and battered from a father who barely earned the title. The constant need to always do better than the past generation, to make the circle collapse on itself.
I look deep into the eyes of strangers, but none mesmerize me like you do. You are perfectly imperfect to me, and that, beautiful person, is why I love you.
(Inspiration: the writing prompt ‘using only insults describe the person you love’).
She approached the lock, heat radiating from her. ‘Don’t be afraid lover,” she said with fake bravado, picking up the Curry & Comb whip…
(Inspiration: Oh man. I TOTALLY forgot the date today and it wasn’t until a friend posted her #100days project on Instagram that I remembered that today is D-Day! So, I have had to turn to #RāmereShorts for inspiration as I’ve spent the day dealing with threenagers and terrific-twos and just, eurgh.
Every Friday the New Zealand Book Council tweets out six words and you have to take them and turn them into a story that fits within a tweet. Last Friday I missed it (and it is such a fun challenge!) so I hunted out the tweet for some inspiration. The words: comb, afraid, approached, comb, fake, lock).