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Flash Fiction

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This week authors of RWW are asked to write a flash fiction of 500 words containing the words carousal, mud and wine. The words immediately took me back to a spring festival held in city each year. During the mid to late eighties, hubs and I worked the beer tent his company sponsored.

Held during the spring rainy season, our annual jubilee more often than not turned into a mud festival. Beneath my high-top Reebok clad feet, peanut hulls mashed into the boggy ground.  My permed frizzed in the evening humidity.

Tonight, a favorite band from my youth will grace the main stage. While I am by no means old, however, the sixties band, popular over twenty years reminds me how quickly early adulthood is passing.

As I head to the stage, a carousal of painted ponies pauses as kids clamor to mount their favorite horse. Sadly, I already realize at this point in my life, I’ll probably never have the finances to own a horse. Another dream dashed along with becoming a photographer. Small mirrors atop All rights one, the merry-go-round spins with the small mirrors gleaming amid the lights of the arcades and Farris Wheel.

Colorful mini-flags decorate white tents where beverage vendors peddle wine coolers of various fruity flavors and domestic beer. They’re not my favorite. I’ve become a whiskey girl since meeting my husband.  I have a sippy mug loaded with and my favorite brand and stake a claim on a grassy spot in front of the stage while my husband serves at his company’s tent. This yearly pastime have become a tradition.  Stars twinkle on the clear night which will be filled with fireworks after the show.

The crowd thickens while the roadies sound check instruments, included the electric keyboard which will sound the first chords of my favorite Three Dog night song, Chest Fever. The tune was playing on a mixed tape from a cassette player when I received my first and sweetest kiss ever.

Dusk claims the stage and lights swivel and the band appears. Guitar chords fill the air backed by a pounding bass drum to begin the first song. Sounds of youth and rock fill the night. Although Chest Fever was the opening song at the sixties mega concert, Woodstock, they begin with another favorite, Mama Told Me Not to Come. The lyrics are about attending a wild party of which I’ve been to a few. The set continues with other golden oldie hits.

Three songs later, the infamous opening chords emanate from the keyboardist’s fingertips.  I’m swept away in memories and flooded with the same passion felt that night.

The darkening of caramel color of his eyes when his face neared mine. The soft strands of his near black hair tangling in my fingers as his lips met mine, amid the spring night that was much like tonight.

Would we have made it, if not separated by distance? I’ll never know, but a vivid memory enhanced by a song will never to be forgotten.

Hope you’ve already visited
Leslie Hachtel
and now on to
Jenna Da Sie

Have a great week!

Winter Destination

Winter Destination

Romance Writers Weekly authors are picking a winter destination. If you could pick one place to stay the winter, other than home, where would it be and why?

I’d love to winter in a tropical place. As a beach lover, Hawaii is on my bucket list.  If a first class flight came my way, it’d be awesome to stay over winter. Besides the beach, there are lush forests, mountains and volcanos. It looks like my type of paradise. If it wasn’t for the eighteen hour flight and cost, I’d have already gone.  Now that my son is grown, he says he’ll take me. Hubs has never been a traveler.

I’m not into the fancy hotel scene but want to take a naturalist type of stay. Slow life’s pace down and stay at a hotel off the beaten path or maybe rent one of the second houses residents build on their properties to help with expenses. A sunny beach, bed and shower would be about all I need.

Some facts about my winter utopia.

  • Hawaii became a state in 1959 (the year of my birth) No bikini for me when I make it there LOL!
  • It is the only state in the USA that doesn’t have a straight line in its border
  • Mt. Kilauea is the most active volcano in the world. The big island grows by forty-two acres a year.
  • It is the only state that honors a monarch. They celebrate King Kamehameha on June 11. He is known for uniting the islands.

My favorite movies based in Hawaii:

Aloha – A quirky film with Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams and John Krasinski. It’s an old love story turned anew with satellite espionage at Christmas time.

Battleship –  Action packed save the world from aliens with transformer type ships. Screw-up, bad boy Taylor Kitsch is the hero

Blue Crush – Surfer girl makes it big and wins the guy!

Until I can make Hawaii my winter destination, I’ll have to visit through movies and Nat Geo specials! Hope you have already visited the lovely Leslie Hachtel and now on to A.S. Fenichel.