The Ties That Bind

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PHOTO PROMPT © Madison Woods

 Read chapter 15 or start from the beginning.

Chapter 16

“Do you want us to chase him down?” The gleam in their eyes said they’d love to.

15 minutes later the man in the black sedan was being led at shotgun point back to the abandoned bark mill. In his rush to get out he had gotten lost.

Using a length of barbed wire, they gingerly wrapped it around him, effectively tying him to the post without hurting him. If he moved, however…

“Should we leave him?” I asked.

“We saw what he did to you. What he could have done.”

“Give him a few days to enjoy the serenity of the wilderness.”

I had the book back. It was time to go public.


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This is a continuation of an experiment. Each week there is a 100 word short story photo prompt challenge posed by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. My challenge to myself is to connect these photos into one seamless story. Click the blue frog to read other stories inspired by this photo.

The Man in the Black Sedan

 

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Photo Prompt © Kent Bonham

Read Chapter 14 or start from the beginning.

Chapter 15

“Where’s Brogan?” he shouted.

“Gone. Far from here, now, I imagine!” He smacked me. It burned but I refused to cry. “Please untie me.”

“No. I’ve been following you all over this backwoods island. Dempsey doesn’t want you dead, just quiet. He needs to know you won’t go talking.” He smacked my face again.

“I promise!”

“Not good enough!”

“Get your hands off me, pig!” But I couldn’t move.

Suddenly, a gunshot echoed through the woods and off the wall of this abandoned bark mill. The man from the black sedan jerk his head around. He grabbed the book and started running. Through the woods came the three young men who brought me here, one with a rifle.


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This is a continuation of an experiment. Each week there is a 100 word short story photo prompt challenge posed by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. My challenge to myself is to connect these photos into one seamless story. Click the blue frog to read other stories inspired by this photo.

Into the Woods

 

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PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

Read chapter 13 or start from the beginning

Chapter 14

“Thank you, Ione. I owe you.”

My watch says that was 5 hours ago. She’ll be another hour. The black sedan was still parked at St. Joseph’s where those boys took my car. He must have orders to only follow. But I couldn’t be sure.

Those “boys” were a God send. Good guys who’s idea of a good time involves mayhem. “If you need a place to hide, we’ve got a place” they told me. With Ione coming for Brogan, I nervously accepted.

An hour later I was in an abandoned bark mill. Sitting against the cold bricks, I knew I needed to make one more phone call.

Just as soon as I’m in cell phone range.


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This is a continuation of an experiment. I think this story is about to make a u-turn! Each week there is a 100 word short story photo prompt challenge posed by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. My challenge to myself is to connect these photos into one seamless story. Click the blue frog to read other stories inspired by this photo.

 

Once Upon A City

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PHOTO PROMPT © Marie Gail Stratford

Read chapter 12 or start from the beginning

Chapter 13

The city where I discovered a beautiful man in a beautiful city; he said all the right things. He looked at me like I was the only girl. I couldn’t not fall in love.

He took me to meet Mom and Dad. That’s when I discovered his fortune. We were married the next year.

A year later we discovered we were pregnant. He was insistent in knowing the gender. I wanted the surprise. He said he wanted a boy, that if it was a girl he didn’t want to keep it.

Then Brogan was born and I discovered the father he couldn’t be.

Now here we a re hiding next to a toilet with flowers.


Read chapter 14

This is a continuation of an experiment. It’s hard to believe this is the 13th week! Each week there is a 100 word short story photo prompt challenge posed by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. My challenge to myself is to connect these photos into one seamless story. Click the blue frog to read other stories inspired by this photo.

 

The Island People

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PHOTO PROMPT – © Ted Strutz

Read chapter 11

Chapter 12

Dempsey found us. I assume he managed to access my credit card transactions. That black car followed us clear to Cheticamp where we stopped to go whale watching. I was scared shitless, but I had a plan and I was counting on this island’s people’s willingness to help.

And help they did.

Brogan and I were now hiding in Whale Cruisers repair shop while some guys took my car to St. Peter’s church. With a little luck that black sedan was going, too.

As a fishing town I knew they used lobster traps creatively, but this took things to a knew level. I knew my situation was shitty , but those flowers gave me hope.


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This is a continuation of an experiment. It’s hard to believe this is the 12th week! Each week there is a 100 word short story photo prompt challenge posed by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. My challenge to myself is to connect these photos into one seamless story. Click the blue frog to read other stories inspired by this photo.

Hide and Seek

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Get caught up with chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 78, 9, 10

Chapter 11

Call it mother’s intuition or call it paranoia, Brogan and I needed a weekend away. I found a cozy bed and breakfast in the Cape Breton Highlands. Naturally, as 3 years tend to love, he loved the water flowing by.

“Mum? Can we fwoe wocks?”

“Sure sweetie. There’s a sandy spot down there.”

The air was as clean as could be. The only sound was the river tumbling by.

He had thrown two rocks when I noticed something odd. That black car parked at the side of the road. Windows tinted so dark I couldn’t see in.

“Let’s go back in. I’m cold, ” I lied.

From our window, I watched it drive away.


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This is a continuation of an experiment. It’s hard to believe this is the 11th week! Each week there is a 100 word short story photo prompt challenge posed by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. My challenge to myself is to connect these photos into one seamless story. Click the blue frog to read other stories inspired by this photo.

Dead Weight Lifted

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PHOTO PROMPT – © Emmy L Gant

Get caught up with chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 78, 9

CHAPTER 10

I kept that jar of dead batteries Dempster sent me in my purse. It was a constant reminder to be cautious. Brogan and I were spending the day Halifax. We visited the water front, rode the Harbor Hopper and were visiting the Citadel when I knew I had to get rid  of that dead weight. I threw that jar into the nearest trash can.

“Why did that, mum?”

“Because, sweetie. Those batteries weren’t working just like hiding from daddy isn’t working.”

“Does that mean we’re going back?” I heard the terror in his voice.

“Of course not.” Hugging him tight, I felt the sun warm us and I knew what I had to do.


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This is a continuation of an experiment. It’s hard to believe this is the 10th week! Each week there is a 100 word short story photo prompt challenge posed by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. My challenge to myself is to connect these photos into one seamless story. Click the blue frog to read other stories inspired by this photo.

Dead Threat

batteriesPHOTO PROMPT © Sean Fallon

Get caught up with chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 78

Chapter 9

I could hear Brogan in living room. Finally, a minute to drink my coffee in peace. Then BANG! I heard him slam the truck on the floor, then silence. Then BANG! again this time followed by an angry cry. Melt down. Through his tears he told me his truck needed new batteries. The dumper wasn’t dumping. While I rummaged for fresh batteries, there was a knock at the door. Brogan rushed to answer it. He returned with a small box post marked from New York City. Much to my surprise it contained a jar full of batteries. I put four of them in the truck. Nothing happened. I tried four more and again nothing.

They were all dead.


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This is a continuation of an experiment. It’s hard to believe this is the 9th week! Each week there is a 100 word short story photo prompt challenge posed by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. My challenge to myself is to connect these photos into one seamless story. Click the blue frog to read other stories inspired by this photo.

Payback

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PHOTO PROMPT – © Al Forbes

Catch up with chapters 1-7 (I fixed the links so you can follow the story back to here)

Chapter 8

“Anything for you. Which one do you want?”

“Bring me the green one,” (I’m horrible with names) “the one with the steering wheel on the right. And bring the one you like best. I’ll mail you my key to the garage. He works all day so feel free to stop by anytime.”

I knew Dempsey loved his collector cars. He never drove them. Just collected. In a week, two of his precious beings would be here. Take my bank account and I’ll take your cars, bastard.

I knew this was just the beginning.


Read chapter 9 “Dead Threat”.

This is a continuation of an experiment. It’s hard to believe this is the 7th week! Each week there is a 100 word short story photo prompt challenge posed by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. My challenge to myself is to connect these photos into one seamless story. Click the blue frog to read other stories inspired by this photo.

Time and Again

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PHOTO PROMPT – © Sandra Crook

Read chapters 1-6

Chapter 7

Dempsey had given me a $1,000 a week”allowance”. He worked 18 hours a day so I came to be in charge of the bills and groceries. Fine by me. What he didn’t realize though was my thriftiness. We were getting by on half of that. The rest went into an account he knew nothing about.

Until today when I tried to withdraw money for groceries and there was insufficient funds.

Playing with Brogan in the backyard, I fumed about what he had done. The ball we were playing with smashed the hourglass. I tried to catch all the sand.

That’s when I realized I had a plan because I’ve got all this time on my hands now.


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This is a continuation of an experiment. It’s hard to believe this has continued for 2 months! Each week there is a 100 word short story photo prompt challenge posed by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. My challenge to myself is to connect these photos into one seamless story. Click the blue frog to read other stories inspired by this photo.