Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday Fictioneer: 7/27/12

faucet 2I'm revisting my farmer Ted character that I created a couple Friday's ago. I've grown quite fond of him. This week's photo prompt was provided by Madison Woods. Other great writers participating in this week's Friday Fictioneers can be found right here.
Wait and See
127 Words

Storm clouds gathered intensity in the sky as Ted detached the hose from the tap. His wife moved beside him as the first fat drops splattered on the dusty ground.
            “Will this help,” she quietly asked.
            Ted thought about the hand-deep crevices he’d found in the corn field, the fruitless apple blossoms, and how he’d already fed a considerable amount hay to the cattle, and unopened pile of bills lying on the table, before taking his wife’s hand. “I don’t know. We’ll just have to wait and see.”  He drew her off the porch. “But we might as well it.”
            In less time than it takes a heart to beat they were soaking wet as the laughed, splashed, and danced in the rain, celebrating the perfect moment.

26 comments:

  1. Nice one, a real sense of the rain after the dry spell.

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  2. I'm assuming they joined hands and prayed? Nice. All too true today. Poor Ted is one of many farmers in this situation I'm afraid.
    A little typo in the first "a Ted" I think you mean "as".
    www.rochelle-wisoff.blogspot.com/2012/07/snarl.html

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  3. Good story, Jess. We're thirsty for rain, too - but thankfully crops and farming aren't our livelihood.

    http://www.lazuli-portals.com/flash-fiction/elixir

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    1. It's a scary situation to be in. Unfortunately, every one will end up feeling the effects of this drought, farmers just feel it a little sooner. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Being attached in a variety of ways to farming, while not actually doing it myself/ourselves, I can really relate to this and imagine their fears and joys. I'm glad Ted and his wife will be around on their farm for at least a while longer! You conveyed their situation well.

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    1. I was trying to capture the situation, and the unending resilience farmers possess. Not matter how bad it gets they keep chugging along. I'm glad you liked it.

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  5. Great story, Jess.I'm here: http://readinpleasure.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/fridayfictioneers-aqua-madness/

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  6. Could do with some of that here right now..

    I am liking Ted..xx

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    1. We just got a bunch yesterday and seem to be getting a bit more today. The hay fields really needed the drink.

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  7. I always find rains pleasantly apathetic... they make you forget the unpleasantness of life...
    good tell-tale of hope and freedom!

    Parul

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  8. Jess,

    Glad you caught the western flavor of my story, and I definitely appreciated yours. The image of cracked clay occurred to me too as I was thinking about what to write. Rain is definitely a miracle!

    Good story-rain makes me forget my worries too.

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    1. I loved your story! The cracked ground was inspired by a photo of a corn field that popped up on an agriculture website, it really illustrated the severity of the drought.

      Thank you for stopping by.

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  9. From sad to happy in 100 words. Loved it. Mine: http://shirleymccann.blogspot.com/2012/07/friday-fictioneers-imagine.html

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  10. Wow--you captured it perfectly. That feeling when the first drops hit. A timely snippet, Jess, with all of the drought going on. We finally got rain in the last week. :-)

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    1. Thanks Teresa. We got quite a bit the day before I wrote this, and we needed it.

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  11. Grat story Jess and the 'perfect moment' at the end is a excellent celebration of life. I've done the whole dancing in the rain thing and it just makes you feel glad to be alive :-)

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    1. That's the truth. I love being outside in the middle of a rainstorm.

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  12. The rain sometimes does seem to wash all of our troubles away, doesn't it. I hope it washes some of those bills off the table too...

    ~Susan

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