Stale Water Grave: The Weekend Freewrite

in weekendfreewrite •  7 months ago 

Greta thought that she was going to a year-round playground. Xavier knew better.

"Isolation in the reunion," he told Greta.

"What does that mean?" she asked?

"If we go to the reunion, we will be isolated away from each other. It happens every time I bring a girl."

Greta playfully punched him in the arm. "Stop it with your silliness."

"I'm not kidding," Xavier's face was solemn, which Greta started to pick up on. "You don't understand what happens at my parent year-round playground. It's ... a nightmare. Babies crying. Horses neighing. No one has compassion for one other."

"Stop it. Surely they can be that bad. They did produce you." She leaned in to kiss him. Touching her lips to his, she felt his ice cold lips and leaned back out. She played with her left pant leg at the knee.



Albert's hair was the color of poached Salmon, his hands were stained brown, and his wife had a crying baby.

"Welcome back to the year-round farm," said Albert wrapping an arm around his favorite cousin, "Xavier. It has been a few years."

Xavier could still remember the landscape, the green, lush trees scattered among the rivers. The trees were twenty men deep and six hundred men tall. The smell of ships being made lingered in the air, traveling up his nostrils. It reminded him of what Albert was capable of.

Xavier force a smile and a response, "Nice to see you, Penny."

"Ha! I haven't heard that name since you left. Come now, who is this pretty lass?" As he gave his best impersonation a Micheal Jackson moonwalk, he was beside Greta, his eyes violated her soul.



She was coming home drunk. This is the way it begins - always Xavier reminded himself.

He next saw her walking out of the door seconds after she entered the barn.

No. She was just here. Xavier watched drool drip from his bruised mouth. When it hit the dirt, Greta walked back in.

"Greta. Untie me."

She didn't respond. It was like she couldn't even hear him.

"Greta. Sweet Greta. Untie me."

Greta left. Her movements were robotic.

Xavier knew what the liquor did. Still, he allowed himself to come back to the year-round playground, back to the trauma, back to the relentless beatings that caused his breaks in memory. Where was Greta? He looked around. She came back through the door again.

His grasp on what was going on slipped in and out between the tin moving up and down and the chains wrapped around his body.

Something was different in the drink this time.

"Greta, untie me."

Greta strolled over to where he was tied up to the ladder and gave it a shove, sending Xavier down a hole into water that had been still for months and growing with life that humans would be best to stay away from.

THE END

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My Completed Freewriting prompts:


Non-Fiction
DudeBittersweetHookHousecoatNail
Faster Than LightSweaterA Ridiculous Amount of FunMosquitoBamboo
The EntrywayPartyImportantHer Homemade JamsBack Pain
MotherMilkSwingBored StiffMonkey’s Wedding
AppetiteTravelFrosting a CakeBonesClouds
ScratchWetDepressionCampingQuadrillion
Describe the Room You Are InDewSkinnyMoldHerbs
WoodCore ValuesPlayersSyrupSell-out
SpaparachutesGrapevineNothingMishap
Eagle ScoutBurningRadio ShowElectionDesert
IrisessenceSuccessfulFeeling the LoveRacket
You Walk Through a Door - What Do You See?VisitComing TogetherRemoteFreedom
Running in PlaceMusclePumpedSunflower SeedsForty-four
TinyCross EyedPrimateIrritationSmall-talk
DebtMothBrokeCarnivalInbox
Temples Made with HandsCrankDescribe My Front DoorCamelThe Perfect Day
SunsetpromptspaceJam TomorrowMagical Realism
Stitchsaxophone


Fiction
Cane (Bonus: Red Wine)BasketParasolWireA Kiss
CherryMiamiLizard CavePhonePrototype
DiscordA Jumble of WordsSuffers in SilenceBathTalking Dog
Grand PianoEpilogueChalkFood to the TableBasics
CopySquashFried ChickenPotbellied PigCancer
Dog BreathMovementBreedFoolDrive
Flea Market DoorknobDescribe Your ShoesDuckySheepCracker
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RunnyKitVinylNot SmartRun For Your Life
RedemptionTrappedFace MaskFlashlightHamburger
TongueRegretPassengerCracking UpBeast
HotelThe EndOppositionHistoryNot Yet
HazardHabitatRoadblockA Creature of Absolut Convictionssequence
New LawsWarm Water BottleListHappyFire Alarm
perfumeStemPuppy LoveIn the LimelightLocal Derby
HoneyCookie CutterBy the BookTokenSound of Sirens
HeriticsDubble CrossGrassIn the ClubLet's Eat
SnapshotPound CakeControlFanDeparture
Shaken, not StirredDrapesDeep Space

Ongoing StoriesNumbered in Order of Story's Progression
Detective Story#1 Trolley #2 Flea #3 Awakening
Suspense/Horror#1 Late #2 Banana #3 Paper #4 Tree #5 5 #6 Home Alone #7 Doctor’s Office
The Stall#1 Medium #2 The Stall #3 The Stall #4 Mice #5 Detective #6 Homeless #7 Eyebrows #8 40 Percent Off #9 One Year #10 The Stall
Church#1 Church #2 Ornate #3 Chips #4 State
Butterfly1. Old Maid 2. Pitiful 3. Headache 4. coffee 5. Three Grapes 6. Helicopter 7.Helpless 8. Overslept 9. Smooth as Silk
Dragon Breath1. Dragon Breath 2. Death on the Table 3. Washcloths
The Attic1. The Attic 2. The Four Corners 3. Small Package
Damaged Goods1. Well-being 2. Orange Blossom 3. Freedom of Personal Power
1. Rooster; 2. Groundhog Day

Poems
#52 Caterpillar#85 WildflowerHardboiled MindsGriefEat This Apple
TowelsSee You on the Other SideTearsLightMask
YummyRose PedalsPineappleBabyBark

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The Crooked UmbrellaThe PictureThe Chair That I’m Strapped ToA Common Ending
WithdrawalRichard’s SurpriseThe TrapCanyon Making You Crazy?
The HawkEmerge from the DepthsMarjorie's Alcohol ProblemThe Run Around
Gene's the Quiet TypeMemoriesPulling TeethIn a Strangers House
ReflectionsParasiteThe Room and the DominatrixMission Gone WrongTransformation
One of Those DaysMa's RulingGhost WomenEasy MoneyPocket Watch
Delusional States of MindMarried ZombiesUnlucky ShopperConspiratorial CoversHot Glued Dog
Curie upvoted Lucky EscapeDuckhoodSend the BeautySuperwoman's Mind Twist

We-writes (collaborations with community members)
MonsterEagle Scout 1st Entry: 2nd Entry: 3rd EntrySmooth as SilkTorment of the Light Bulb
Pull the PlugDeath on the TableThe Farm HouseWell-being
Idiot 1; 2; 3

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