Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Friday, June 30, 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 Margaret Adamson and friend Sue and can be found here.

This week's words are:

1. fluid
2. optimum
3. excitement
4. bus
5. forensic
6. forest


1. theatre
2. shoe
3. passion
4. dogmatic
5. prison
6. visitor 

Here is my story: about half of Chapter Fifteen of Tom's Memories aka Lost and found:

 Dr Bruce Jones drove away from the Retreat seething with anger, his mind roiling with possible problems. Stephanie Hammer waking up, becoming more aware, was the biggest of them.  
"Out of the question," he roared, thumping his fist on the steering wheel. The car swerved sharply and skidded in the gravel. Bruce corrected the steering and drove on. 

He'd bet his last dollar Andrea had been taking some of the pills meant for Stephanie. He'd have to take over administering the medication once more. Andrea's guilty conscience must be stirring again. 
"This has to stop," he thought. "I haven't come this far just to go back to prison."  
He had no idea what was in the pills, getting them off the black market from a friend who had a friend who "knew someone." All he knew was they did their job and kept Stephanie hopelessly dazed during the days and restless in her sleep. He had convinced her the pills were to help stop nightmares and she took one each night without question. 

Bruce, with his usual dogmatic nature, resolved to pay more attention to Andrea, watching her moods in particular. If her conscience was rearing its head, he'd have to remind her that she was an accessory and had just as much chance of being tried and sentenced, then riding in shackles on that big black bus to prison, where her passions for shoes, theatre and other city excitements would be denied her. 

And would there be a visitor to come and see her on visiting days? Of course not, since he would most likely be in a prison far, far away from hers. 
It didn't matter one bit that the whole thing had been a horrible series of mistakes from the beginning. Too many years had passed and the Law did not look kindly on those who held back information, especially if they were also the guilty parties. 
Not the only guilty parties, but Andrea's brother Barry had died from an overdose and although his mate Lindsay was never seen again, that didn't mean he might pop up again at any moment.

"The optimum outcome," Bruce thought, "would be to have Stephanie stay just as I have her for another few years. As for Andrea, I'll just have to see how things pan out. Stephanie staying at the Retreat more sounds good on the surface, but if she doesn't get the medication and starts remembering more, things will go downhill faster than a waterfall. I'm going to have to make new plans and keep them fluid. Thank goodness Jim Hammer never got found. It's a good thing too, that Andrea never knew what Barry did with the body."

He rounded a corner and stopped on the side of the road to look at "his" hospital. There were no patients now apart from Stephanie, the others had moved on once it was known Dr Wurtzel wasn't coming back. The hospital was so isolated, it was easy enough to keep their operations secret. He just needed a few more years.


  1. Replies
    1. S.J.Qualls; we're into the tricky bits. I have no idea what comes next. Yet.

  2. Ah ha! The plot thickens. Good've got me on the edge of my seat.

    1. only slightly confused; sit back a bit, before you fall off :)

  3. I can't believe you're now on Chapter 15!
    I'm really enjoying this - thanks.

    All the best Jan

    1. Lowcarb team member; chapter 15 came around pretty fast, some of the earlier chapters were pretty short, I may have to combine them in my editing. Glad you're enjoying it.

  4. Replies
    1. fishducky; it's going to be a long, long wait.

  5. The plot is indeed thickening. And getting nasty. Looking forward to more.

    1. Elephant's Child; it needed thickening and Dr Jones is indeed a nasty character.

  6. I like how well this story flows, it definitely holds your interest.

  7. And the works at the crossroads gets dirtier by the minute! Time to bring "Red" in, methinks!

    Well done as usual, River. :)

  8. I have one word: Wow! And one more: More!

  9. Got so caught up in the story I forgot you were using the prompt words. Wow:-)

  10. Nice job, lady! It's impressive how seamlessly you managed to work the list of words into your writing. Keep going!

    Have a super weekend.