What is Reality?: The Weekend Freewrite - 4/11/2019

in weekendfreewrite •  8 months ago 

I am walking to the station to catch a train that will take me home when a couple of guys who were up to no good stopped by me in their jeep, picture frames and cameras hung around their necks. They jumped out of the Jeep.

"Where are you going, Peggy Sue?" said one of the men.

Peggy Sue was the name they gave me after they found out I admired the character from a Johnny Cash song.

"To catch a train that will take me home." I keep my stride without turning around hoping they'll go away.

Their steps hit the pavement as they quicken their pace.

How could this be the day of all days to be hassled by a bunch of rednecks I thought.

"Peggy Sue," said the other man, "I've got something for you."

Let me keep walking and pay no attention to them. Home is not far away and neither are the docks that will take me there.

"Peggy Sue!"

"I think they've gone," Marie said, her head turned, her breath hot on my ear.

"No," I shake my head violently in the chair, "They were just here. I was walking to the station ... no, the shipyard ... going home. Where am I now?"

I look down with the only eye I can open at my shoe that had the laces tied together with a picture of the happy years of my youth. A bag with things I kept to keep me entertained is beside my feet.

"Hush." Marie whispers into my ear, "Listen to the sound of the harmonica playing against the thunderous background as you imagine sitting next to a log. The waves cash, a breath in you take."

I didn't want to breathe until I remember the movie Redbelt. "Breathe and you can get out of any situation," is what was said to the student.

I looked around with my one good eye. Her hot breath inflamed my ear distracting me from finding the image that came to mind.

The red mark on his face, the man standing next to the tent, moved his body in a way that was contagious. The woman next to me began mimicking his movements as her tongue pressed against my ear.

The ship, I thought, had to be on the other side.

"Peggy Sue," I heard again as I snapped back to the shipyard, "I said I have something for you." He strokes his ear with one hand while the other was in his pocket grabbing something that looked large in his pocket. He pulls it out and holds it out for me to see.

It is Maria. The same Maria I'd come to know in my youth but left because the war had called me. But why this? Why am I snapping back and forth between times?

My thoughts raced as I woke up next to a log, thunder clapping in the background along with the waves smashing against the sandy floor. Maria ...

THE END



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Non-Fiction
DudeBittersweetHookHousecoatNail
Faster Than LightSweaterA Ridiculous Amount of FunMosquitoBamboo
The EntrywayPartyImportantHer Homemade JamsBack Pain
MotherMilkSwingBored StiffMonkey’s Wedding
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You Walk Through a Door - What Do You See?VisitComing TogetherRemoteFreedom
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TinyCross EyedPrimateIrritationSmall-talk
DebtMothBrokeCarnivalInbox
Temples Made with HandsCrankDescribe My Front DoorCamelThe Perfect Day
SunsetpromptspaceJam TomorrowMagical Realism
StitchsaxophoneCocktail


Fiction
Cane (Bonus: Red Wine)BasketParasolWireA Kiss
CherryMiamiLizard CavePhonePrototype
DiscordA Jumble of WordsSuffers in SilenceBathTalking Dog
Grand PianoEpilogueChalkFood to the TableBasics
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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
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HoneyCookie CutterBy the BookTokenSound of Sirens
HeriticsDubble CrossGrassIn the ClubLet's Eat
SnapshotPound CakeControlFanDeparture
Shaken, not StirredDrapesDeep SpaceRainbowJewel Theif
IntenseslugFilthy Rich

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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 TwistStale Water Grave

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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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This was awesome fiction. I like how the main character was nicknamed Peggy Sue. The references were well placed and contributed to the storyline propelling the tension along quite effectively.

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Thanks. That second prompt can mess a person up. In the first prompt, there was no woman! Oh my. What is one to do? lol

Yes! Super challenging but you mastered it.

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