Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Wednesday's Words on a Friday

The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles.

The aim of the words is to encourage us to write, a story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.
If you are posting an entry on your own blog, please let us know so we can come along and read it.

This month the words are supplied by Delores and can be found here.

This week's words are:

1. clan
2. hoary
3. pretend
4. sponge
5. destruction
6. bones


1. blank
2. transient
3. indulge
4. train
5. gooseberries
6. painful

Here is my story:

 The clan trudged wearily onwards, along a narrow path lined on both sides with thick thistles, hoary with frost. There was no chatter now, no more laughter from the children. No one could even pretend to be happy, the painful sorrow of the destruction had settled into their very bones.
The winter earthquake had destroyed everything; as the people grabbed what they could and scrambled to safety, cliffs and caves had collapsed. Cooking stones, sleeping furs, all buried.

The clan was once again transient, not stopping for more than one night at a time as they searched for a new home.
Blank faces occasionally showed the tracks of tears as they indulged trains of thought, memories of those lost beneath mountains crushed into rubble. 

By midday on the fourth day, they reached a thicket of wild gooseberries which they picked and ate until they were stuffed. a few of the children began to chatter, full bellies loosening tongues and laughter was heard.
As the weak noon sun broke through the clouds, they turned their faces upwards, soaking in the meagre warmth like sponges.


  1. What a great story of human courage and perseverance in the face of adversity.

    1. only slightly confused; way back in caveman days, where I've set this, that was how humans survived, the strongest just kept on.

  2. Way to go River! Your mind went in a strong direction as you led the clan to warmth.

    1. Granny Annie; glad you liked it. Warmth is one of the most necessary things for survival; food and water too.

  3. Fabulous, lady! You used the words in an imaginative and effective way to spin a short but evocative story. Great job!

    1. Susan; thank you. I have a feeling there's a chapter two just waiting for the right words.

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    1. S.J.Qualls; thanks, I'm happy with it myself.

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    1. fishducky; thank you. Going to join in one day?

  6. Your story reminded me of Jean M. Auel's wonderful book - "The Clan of the Cave Bear".

    When Friday mornings arrive I'm always keen to read your use of the words, River...and again, you've not disappointed. :)

    1. Lee; the word 'clan' brought that book to mind, as you can tell, it's one of my favourite stories, I have the complete seven volume set.

  7. .. wow... wonderful.. leaves me wanting more...
    love it ... Barb xxx

    1. Barbara; it leaves me wanting another chapter too, but that will have to wait until the right words come along.

  8. Beautiful story - so glad they found food.

    1. Margaret-whiteangel; even gooseberries are a feast when there's been nothing for four days :)

  9. A very good story, I was with them at every step... and those gooseberries tasted divine.

    Hope the weekend ahead is a good one for you

    All the best Jan

  10. Lowcarb team member; I'm glad you were able to be "in" the story, it's what I try for with all my writing.