I'm participating in Saturday Centus,
hosted by JENNY MATLOCK Visit her to see how others formed a short story from this weeks prompt...which is in blue.
I'm again collaborating with PJ over at Seens From The Backs Of My Eyelids to write a six chapter story. Visit us to see what we do...

Chapter One (PJ)

I peered into the cardboard box of treasures she’d squirreled away. In the computer age, why would anyone hold onto yellowed ephemera?

I snatched a dog-eared newspaper photo that stuck out from under a careless pile. “Why did you save this, Terra? It must be 2 decades old! Who the heck is it anyway?"

She removed it carefully from my hand and told me how she’d been brutally raped when she was 13, walking home one night. The man in the photo had saved Terra’s life.

She returned the photo to its rightful place and spoke reverently, “That’s why it meant so much to me.”


It was haunting seeing Karen unfold the clipping,  attempting to open moments as delicate as the paper. Watching the distress in her eyes.

I hadn't told anyone. Mom said never to, it would bring the horrors ripping back through my mind. That no one would believe it.
Yet it's been there gnawing at my memory. Through the healing years of smiles hiding the wrenching heartache, laughter hiding the inner screams.

Karen is the only one I can tell.
That’s why it meant so much to see the tears wavering in her eyes.

And my own; never to surface until now.

But will she believe me?

Check back to read the next 4 chapters..

Keep Smilin (o:


June Freaking Cleaver said...

Now you need to add the part about the serial killer/executioner, and link it all to MY submission!


No, really...I want to see where this is going.

Tgoette said...

Powerful and heartfelt, elements of a great story! Excellent job, Vicki! Can't wait to see where you take this next!

Viki said...

Wow, this is going to be a heart wrenching story I think. Good job.

easternsparkle said...

A touch more serious this week then, look forward to reading the rest of the story!

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

Muy bien, chica! Muy bien!!

Cheryl said...

I love that you've chosen the voice of Terra. Beautifully done.

jfb57 said...

Oooo! This is going to be a good one from these great beginnings! Roll on the next chapters!

Sue said...

You guys make such a good team. Can't wait to see where this is going...

Great job!


Tina said...

Oh, good one. You two sure are a great team! Can't wait for more.

Malisa said...

"Attempting to open moments as delicate as the paper"...very nice!

As my granddaughter would say: "And then you know what happens?". Always anxious to hear more!

I just posted my tardy contribution for the week! Hope you stop by and read!


Terra said...

oh she better....

Jenny said...

Writers...start your engines! PJ and two rock!