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#104 – Recompense

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Palm flat.  Hand turned up.  He’s waiting for you.

Don’t reach out too fast.  Don’t seem desperate: make him wait for it.  Listen to the crowd and let the moment breathe.  Let it happen.

Step away.  Hear the hiss of air through ten thousand sets of teeth.  Don’t smile at it – remember who you are.

There it is,… the boos have started, spreading through the arena like a virus.  Glorious.

Now is the time. Step back through the ropes.

An hour of agony and blood.  A smile between secret friends.

“Hellava match, man.  Hellava match,….”

“Same time tomorrow?”

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Image by Martin Kníže via Unsplash.

So this is my take on the word “Recompense”, what’s yours?  Write your own and pop me a link!  And if you’d like to suggest a word for me to use as a title, please do!

Today’s word was suggested by Marple25Mary – a short story writer and connoisseur who can be found at https://marple25mary.wordpress.com/.  Say hello!

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#102 – Dusk

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Four propellers cut through the air – interminable and unending as the aircraft chased the setting sun.  

Birds flew close to the white beast as it whistled above the cliff.  It had done so countless times.  Lights blinked and cameras focused, mapping and fixing its target: the endless dusk, high above the world.

No human eyes watched.  No hands guided the craft.  Silently the lone sentinel flew on, solar panels reflecting the endless sun.

Below, a city drifted by – skeletal: blackened long ago.  Carrion for the winds.

The drone requested information.

No reply came.

No reply ever came.

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Image by Josh Rose via Unsplash.

Thanks to author Carin Marais for today’s word!  You can read her work at https://maraiscarin.wordpress.com/ – pop by and say hello 🙂

Have a look around at a few other stories and share them far and wide.  If you’ve a one word title, tweet it to me @timaustin2k or write it the comments of this post.  Who’s next?

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#96 – Inform

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The rain consumed the air – dense and cold, and soaking to the skin.  Jacob’s sweater was already heavy with water,… but it was not the reason he was shivering.

He couldn’t be sure.  There was no way to be sure.  But it didn’t matter if it was true or not: it was information and information was what they wanted.

A breath of steam floated over his shoulder as the man by the wall turned to speak.

“You have served your country well, comrade.”

Without another word he was alone with the new bag.

Inside was the doll his daughter always wanted.

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Image by Reza Shayestehpour via Unsplash.

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#76 -Isolation

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The light bulb buzzed and spat.  Water was dripping down the chord and swirling in a fine spray from the tiny barred window.

Keith sat huddled on a freezing metal bed, eyes locked into the gloom.  His throat hummed as he breathed, rocking gently on his lice-ridden mattress.

He wasn’t alone.  Keith walked hand in hand with Andrew over the burning pale sands of the beach.  Their feet brushed through the dunes and grasses, their laughter rolled into the sky.  Hearts raced as lips blessed each other.

Keith was smiling in the darkness.

In his dreams he was never alone.

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Image by Ludovic Gauthier via Unsplash.

Another title suggested by Aliki Chapple – mother, activist, actor and proud Grecian.  You can follow her and her work over on Twitter @amaenad

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See you tomorrow for “Abundance”.

#69 -Manifesto

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The Commodore stood on the balcony, his arms spread wide to the crowd below.

“This, my friends, is the start of a new country!  A new hope!  A new dawn for you – free from the corruption of the old ways!”

Jubilant cheers echoed from building to building.  Horns blared from every street as the Commodore cupped his hands together and shook them in triumph.

Behind him a man in a black suit was inspecting a model of an oil field, lifting a letter from beside it and lighting the corner with a match.

“Thank you, Commodore.  That will do nicely.”

(c) Tim Austin 2016.

This story is dedicated to the memory and family of Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen in the UK, who was shot and killed earlier today.  Jo was a fearless fighter for justice, peace and the good of her constituents.  She was a wonderful example to us all.  My thoughts are with her family.

#67 – Attic

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“Hey, there’s still stuff up here!”

Peter’s head was poking through the loft hatch, his hand tugging at the light chord.

“What was that, honey?”

“There’s stuff!  Boxes.”

Liza watched as her husband lifted himself into the attic.

She sipped her coffee.  “Any antiques?”

Peter laughed.

“For your Pop to sell for beer money?”

“I was thinking of renovations.”

Something fell down and clattered at Liza’s feet – a child’s doll, its face smudged with soot.  Dead glass eyes stared up and she choked at the sudden smell of smoke.

“Honey,…” Liza’s voice was a hoarse whisper.

“We need to go.”

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Promo image by Rodion Kutsaev via Unsplash.

Today’s word was suggested by Bristolian and avid supporter of the OWOS project “Orignal Tracey”.  You can follow her on Twitter @sunsetbeachbabe.

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See you tomorrow for “Principle”.

 

#65 – Threatened

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Spit was raining over the bald man’s chin, his mouth a snarling mask of fury as he waved his banner high.

Katie watched as the man passed, the police cordon holding she and her brother from creeping closer.  Her wide eyes marvelled at the sight, flinching as the mob screamed their hate.

The bald man caught sight of her brother’s uniform and stopped.

“Iraq?”

Katie’s brother nodded.

Though no more than a twisted joke, Katie watched as the two men raised their fists.

When the condolence letter arrived two weeks later, Katie rose her fist too.

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Promo Image by Benjamin Faust via Unsplash.

Continuing the story of Katie, first seen in the tale “Tea” – dedicated to the wonderful Devika Fernando.  Click here for each part of the story so far.

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