Thursday, 16 February 2012


WoW for this week  - Think back to when you were very young. Try to recall one of your first fears. A shadow on the wall, a ghost in the closet, a person, a scene from a movie or book. Write about that fear. Try to remember the feeling it gave you, what that fear would make you do and how you were comforted. Write a real life story or a piece of fiction. Wherever the prompt takes you. Keep your post on the short side: up to 500 words OR a 5 minute stream of consciousness exercise. Link your finished piece to the list and begin popping by the other links. Oh, and enjoy!

She sits in front of the flickering screen, thoughts elsewhere as screenbound Heidi flicks her platinum plaits and runs up snowcapped mountains. She loves the story of Heidi, but not today.
Her mind is firmly across the road at home.
Sprinklers on the roof, gutters full of water, down pipes clogged with ragbag clothes. Dad had swept leaves away, closed all the windows and doors before leaving her at the neighbours’ to play.
But play is not for her today, as smiles and chatter will not come easily. Her tummy feels tingly and slightly sick, her heart beats quickly in her chest. Her sticky hands screw her hanky into knots in her lap. The acrid smell of smoke is everywhere, the daylight weirdly orange as the temperature rises further. Her breath comes faster as a sob rises. She wants her Mum, her Dad, she wants them here and she wants everything to be all right. Now.


  1. Interesting, this sounds like a real-life reflection? It also sounds really similar to the scene I remember around us when the Canberra bushfires happened, would love to know what the background of this story is?

  2. great detailing. i could picture what was happening, what she was doing with her hands. felt her anguish.

  3. Thanks for dropping by my little story. Very perceptive - yes this was a personal recollection. I must have been about 7, we lived in the northern bush suburbs of Sydney, and there was a bushfire on an opposite ridge. It didn't come close to the house, but I remember being quite terrified, lots of smoke, firemen through the garden etc.
    Now I live in the inner west - no chance of bush fires here!


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