Wednesday's Words on a Friday

On Wednesday’s, Delores, from Under The Porch Light, has a meme which she calls

“Words for Wednesday”.

She puts up a selection of six words which we then use in a short story, or a poem.

I’m hopeless at poetry so I always do a story.

It’s a fun challenge…why not join in?

This week's words are:

1. instant
2. telegram
3. flash 
4. brilliant
5. zipper
6. frost

Here is my story:

A brilliant flash of lightning cracked open the sky right in front of her and she stumbled and fell in surprise.
There'd been no thunder, no other warning that a storm might be approaching....she glanced skyward, at the heavy black and grey clouds hanging so very still, so low.

Towards the horizon, the clouds were whiter, almost blending in with the snow that blanketed the fields, making it hard to determine where earth ended and sky began.

She sat for a moment, a little dazed, wondering where she had been going and why. In an instant she remembered. The telegram! From that fancy city lawyer. It had arrived late yesterday and she was on her way to send a reply. 
If she didn't reply within the specified time, her share of Great-uncle Bill's estate would go to her brother, Philip.

She hadn't even known great-uncle Bill had died, there had been no word at all from Philip. She thought bitterly, with all the money he's already got, surely he didn't want all of Uncle Bill's money as well?  I bet it was cousin Caroline who insisted they inform me.

Flushed with the heat of sudden excitement, she tugged at the zipper of the heavy parka and scooped a handful of frost to cool her cheeks and neck. She got to her feet and continued walking towards town. It was a mile closer across the field than following the two mile twisted road. 
That inheritance would come in very handy, there were bills to be paid......little more than a hundred dollars left in her bank account now, and no help there from Alan. 
He'd walked off last winter and never been seen again. Probably boozing it up in Mexico with some floozy, she thought. 

We also have six other words......

1. dance
2. France
3. prance
4. romance
5. stance
6. glance..............................which I am still working on. You may have to wait a while.....


  1. I hope she makes it in time.

  2. Ha, ha ... floozy! Now there's a word I haven't heard in ages. I bet Alan will be back when he gets wind of the inheritance.

  3. I love it. And I love that you have such a positive slant on the words. I have decided that she DOES get there in time.

  4. Yes! She gets there in time, gets the money, and pays all her bills. Then she heads of to warmer zones.

  5. You always write a story with the words so well, I'm amazed. Your writing is really interesting and leaves one in suspense. Yay for your writing

  6. Fantastic use of the words River. A great story and I know she will get that telegram off in time and all will go well with her. I agree she should move somewhere where the wayward Alan will never find her as she certainly doesn't need him in her life.

  7. Very clever indeed. I like how you worked all your words into this story.

  8. Delores; she does.

    Marie; Alan will be presented with divorce papers before he learns of the inheritance. Floozy is one of my favourite words.

    Elephant's Child; she makes it in plenty of time and is rewarded a couple of days later with a ticket to the city where a hotel room is booked for her.

    Susan Kane; no, she stays where she is and builds a new home on her property, then renovates the cottage and starts a bed and breakfast business.

    Manzanita; thank you so much. I'm hoping that one day the suspense will carry itself forward and I have a full short story on my hands.

    Mimsie; she doesn't move and Alan gets what he deserves.

    Lady Lilith; welcome to drifting, and thank you. This is a weekly challenge brought to us by Delores. Feel free to join in by visiting Delores site on Wednesdays for the words.


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