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On The Run – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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Mitch was in the middle of his daily run, jogging along a path bounded by a creek on one side and trees and shrubbery on the other. It was a peaceful natural area, and he loved to jog there in the mornings because he felt more energized after being out in nature. In the evenings, he usually would come there to walk with his dog, Riley, to relax after a long day at work.

Mitch was approaching a large clump of shrubbery when he heard a small noise coming from the bushes. He stopped running and listened, not sure of what he’d heard. Then he heard it again – a short, high-pitched meow. Intrigued, he slowly approached and looked into the nearest bush. Peering at him from inside the bush was a pair of yellow cat eyes. As he watched, a small pink mouth opened and meowed again. Then a small, black kitten timidly crawled out, sat in front of him, and meowed up at him with its tiny voice.

Mitch stared at the kitten in surprise. He had certainly not expected to come across something like this on his daily run. The kitten wound itself around his legs and continued to let out tiny meows as he tried to decide what to do. The kitten didn’t look very old. It had probably been weened not long ago. But it was kind of dirty and looked slightly underweight. He didn’t think it belonged to anyone. He considered taking it home, but he wasn’t sure how Riley would react to it or how the kitten would react to the dog.

The kitten began climbing his leg, then made its way all the way up to his shoulder, where it crouched and began purring. Mitch instinctively reached up and petted it, and that was it. He was going take the kitten home.

Cutting his run short, Mitch returned to his car and headed home. When he opened front door, Riley greeted him enthusiastically, jumping at him and trying to lick his face. Mitch had to hold the kitten out to the way as he tried to calm the yellow Labrador down. 

Mitch ordered the dog to sit, then took the kitten into the living room. He put the kitten on the floor then called for Riley. The dog ran into the living room and stopped instantly when he saw the kitten. Mitch watched anxiously to see how the two would react. 

Riley crept up on the kitten slowly, curious to investigate the newcomer. The kitten hunched down and gave a short hiss, but didn’t attack immediately. Mitch took it as a good sign. 

Riley sniffed the kitten, and the kitten leaned back as the dog invaded its personal space, but it still didn’t attack. 

Riley finished sniffing, took a step back, and sat down. He panted and his tail wagged. Then he dropped to all fours and let out a short yip, wanting to the play with the kitten. The kitten stared at it with narrowed eyes, as if it considered the dog and its request beneath him. But Riley continued yipping, and the kitten finally gave in. It lunged at Riley with its claws sheathed, and the dog jumped and ran off. Riley paused at the entrance to the living room and looked back. The kitten was standing where Riley had been. It stared at the dog a moment, then ran after Riley. 

The two continued like that for a few minutes, with the kitten keeping Riley on the run throughout the house, playing chase. Mitch settled down on the couch with a sigh of relief. He would still keep an eye on the two for a few days, but he thought that them not immediately fighting and playing instead was a good sign and that they would become good friends.

 


This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “run”:

https://lindaghill.com/2021/03/26/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-march-27-2021/


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Zero – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

He watched from the sidelines as his two business rivals tried to outdo each other in what amounted to a zero sum game, and relished in both the entertainment and extra business that cost him zero.

This day-late post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “zero”:

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/03/24/tuesdayuseitinasentence-zero/


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Welcome Spring

The sun is shining.

The air is warm.

Birds are singing.

Flowers are blooming.

The dark and cold

Of Winter

Is leaving

As the light and warmth

Of Spring

Is arriving,

Bringing with it

The promise

Of new life

And new hope.

Welcome Spring

With open arms

And embrace its

Promises to us.


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Wage – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

When she heard her father was threatening to wage war because he thought the prince had kidnapped her, she was furious but also at a loss for what to do. If she returned home to explain she’d left the castle of her own will to be with the prince, she wouldn’t be believed and would be banned from leaving again. If the prince went with her, he would only be arrested, or worse. She paced in the garden, feeling as if her emotions were waging war with each other as she tried to decide what to do.

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “wage”:

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/03/16/tuesdayuseitinasentence-wage-2/


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Value – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

Coming from a long line of businessmen, he’d always believed that the only thing of any value was money. Then he met her, and his life was forever changed as he learned that all that glitters is not gold and that there are things in life and in the world with a much greater value.

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “value”:

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/03/09/tuesdayuseitinasentence-value/


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Unchecked – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

Upon receiving the news of an invading army running unchecked through the outskirts of his kingdom, the king immediately summoned his advisors to discuss how to deal with the invaders and stop them from advancing further.

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “unchecked”:

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/03/02/tuesdayuseitinasentence-unchecked/


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In The Misty Moonlight – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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In the misty moonlight, Aryn crouched on the rooftop and watched the building across the street. She wondered what she’d been thinking when she’d accepted the job. She’d been told it was a house that she’d have to break into. Except this huge building was no house. It was a mansion. The large building and its surrounding land took up at least half the block on that side of the street. And there were practically no trees, just some bushes and flower gardens. So she didn’t have anything to hide behind if she tried to sneak up. 

Aryn watched as a pair of armed guards patrolled the outside of the mansion. She frowned as she tried to think. How was she going to get inside? The moonlight might be misty but it was still a full moon, so there was still plenty of light for her to been by the guards. Why, oh why, the young girl wondered, couldn’t her client have waited a few more days, so the moon wouldn’t be quite as bright? She understood how important the item they wanted her to get for them was, but surely a few more days wouldn’t hurt, would it?

The sound of horses clopping along the street reached Aryn, and she looked to see a carriage approaching the mansion from her left. Perfect! she thought. She quickly and quietly slipped down from roof. Keeping low to the ground, she ran up and jumped onto the back of the carriage as it turned onto the road leading up the mansion.

The carriage came to a stop in front of the mansion and the armed guards approached to talk with the driver and the occupants. While they were occupied, Aryn slid from the back of the carriage and quietly darted around to the side of the mansion. She paused to make sure she hadn’t been spotted, then crept along to the back of the mansion. There she found the servants entrance door. She checked it and found it locked, as she’d expected given the lateness of the night.

She pulled her cloth-wrapped lock picking tools from the leather pouch on her waist and got to work. Within moments, she heard the click of the lock. She put the tools away, quietly opened the door, and slipped inside. 

After giving herself a few seconds to let her eyes adjust, Aryn closed the door and softly crept across the kitchen floor to the main area of the mansion, in search of the item she’d been hired to steal. 


Aryn is a character I used once before on Stream of Consciousness Saturday. You can read it here.

And in case I gave anyone an earworm, here’s the Dean Martin song by the same name:


This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “-sty”:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Feb. 27, 2021

 


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Tether – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

He undid the rope tethering the boat to the deck and jumped aboard. As he steered the boat into open water, he stared at the horizon and thought, “They laughed and said I was crazy. Well, I’ll show them. I’ll find that treasure, then I’ll be the one laughing.” Chuckling, he grabbed the map and checked his course.

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “tether”:

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/02/23/tuesdayuseitinasentence-tether/


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Above & Below – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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Aleah stepped out onto the balcony. She leaned against the railing and gazed up at the stars and moon shining high above. A light breeze blew a strand of red hair into her face, and she absently brushed it away as memories of Nico played through her mind.

She missed him, longed to see him again, but she feared she never would. The memory of her father catching her and Nico sitting together in the garden came to the fore. He had chased Nico off, warning him never to come back because he’s not good enough for her. Then her father had yelled at her, forbidding her to see Nico ever again because it would tarnish their family’s name and reputation, and then he’d sent her to her room.

A tear trickled down her cheek. She wiped it away just as a shooting star crossed the night sky. She clutched the necklace Nico had given her and made a desperate wish on the shooting star.

Below the balcony, the bushes rustled. Aleah jumped slightly, startled out of her memories. Then she heard her name being softly called. She leaned over the railing to look, and Nico stepped out of the bushes with a rucksack slung over his shoulder. He held a hand up to her and said, “Come with me.”

Aleah was shocked. “What?”

“Come with me. It’s the only way for us to be together.”

“Are you sure?”

“Your father made it perfectly clear. We’ll leave and start over somewhere else. Somewhere our families aren’t known. Somewhere we can be free and live our own lives. Will you come?”

Aleah looked behind her as she considered his offer, seeing not only her room but all that she’d be leaving behind. The wealthy lifestyle she’d grown up with had been nice enough, but it hadn’t made her truly happy. Not like being with Nico had. She’d only ever been truly happy with Nico.

She turned back to Nico and grinned. “Yes!”

Aleah crossed over to the trellis beside the balcony and carefully climbed down. She took Nico’s hand, and the couple ran off into the night.


This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “above/below”:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Feb. 13, 2021


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Sabre – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

With all the sabre-rattling Matt was doing, Jake half-expected him to start talking like a pirate. As an image of Matt dressed as Yosemite Sam waving a sabre around and calling him a varmint and saying he’d keel-hual him popped into his head, Jake couldn’t help laughing, which only infuriated Matt more.

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “sabre”:

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/02/09/tuesdayuseitinasentence-sabre/