Jeanne Owens, author

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Wallow – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

After snapping at her children for letting the dog slip outside, she hastily chased after it. A few moments later, she found the wayward yellow Labrador wallowing in a mud puddle. “Oh, Mitzy,” she groaned as the dog rolled around happily. “Now I’ll have to give you another bath.”

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

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/11/16/tuesdayuseitinasentence-wallow/


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Camera Shy – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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Katie was new at the shelter and being shown around by her manager, Jill. They had just finished touring the kitten room and were heading towards the back when they came to a open doorway. Katie paused to look inside. 

The room was brightly lit and at the back was a table with a white backdrop. A tall young man stood in front of the table with a camera. Crouched on the table was a black cat that didn’t look all that pleased to be there, especially with the Santa hat on.

“What’s going on?” Katie asked

The man snapped a picture then turned to her, taking her by surprise momentarily with his good looks and bright blue eyes. “I’m taking pictures for the website,” he told her. “We’re trying to get some festive photos of some of our less adoptable animals to help find them homes.”

Katie stepped inside, with Jill right behind her. “Great idea. That cat doesn’t look too happy, though.”

“Yeah. He can be a bit of a grouch, and camera shy. But he’s a black cat, so we really need to get him up on the site. They’re not as adoptable because of silly superstitions, and his color makes it harder to get good photos. He’s the first one I’m doing. He’s been here a long time and I’d love to get a good photo of him and help him find a home. Despite his grouchiness, he is a really great cat and deservers a forever home.”

“Have you tried getting him to play while getting a photo? Something to distract him and show off his personality?”

“You know, that’s a good idea. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that before. Maybe you could give me a hand? You could play with him while I take the picture.”

“I’d love to. Just don’t get me in the picture, please. I’m a little camera shy, as well, and don’t like having my picture taken.”

“Really?” he replied with a spark of humor in his eyes. “A pretty girl like you doesn’t like having her picture taken?”

She gave him a small, teasing smile. “Surprisingly, yes.”

“That’s a shame because I think it might be good to have you in the photo with him. Besides showing his playful side, it’d show he’s not afraid of people, too, and that might help draw attention to him.”

Katie hesistated but Jill chimed in with, “I think that’s a great idea, Matt!”

“How about it?” Matt asked. “Will you do it? To help the cat?”

After a moment’s consideration, Katie nodded. “To help the cat.”

Jill grabbed a string toy from her pocket and handed it to Katie. 

Katied walked over to the table and positioned herself beside it. Matt readied his digital camera while Katie began whispering to the black cat and dangling a string beside it. She played with the string, making it move enticingly along the tabletop. The cat watched it, then began to play with it, batting at it then chasing after it as Katie moved it around. Katie smiled as the cat played.

As she drew it up in the air, the cat reached up after it, and Katie laughed. Matt snapped a picture of her and the cat.

“That was great!” Matt said. “Want to see?”

Katie gave the cat a treat and pocketed the string, then went over to Matt. He showed her the picture on camera’s view screen. “I think it turned out great,” he said. “Don’t you?”

Katie had to agree, it was a good photo, showing the cat being playful and not afraid at all. And she didn’t look all that bad in photo, either, as she’d been afraid of. “Yes, I think it will look great on the website.”

“Would you like to stay and help me take photos with some of the other animals?”

Katie hesistated. She’d actually had fun with the photo shoot and she’d like to help out more of the animals. She also found herself wanting to spend a little more time with good-looking Matt and get know him a little better. But she hadn’t finished her tour of the shelter yet.

She turned to Jill to ask her if it be okay, but before she could say anything, Jill said, “Go ahead, Katie. Helping the animals is more important than finishing your tour. We can do that later.”

Then Jill gave her a knowing wink and left.

Katie turned to Matt. “Well, then. I guess we have some work to do. I’m Katie, by the way.”

“Nice to meet you Katie,” Matt said with a smile. “I’m Matt. Let’s get started, then.”

Katie smiled. “Yes, let’s.”


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

https://lindaghill.com/2021/11/12/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-nov-13-2021/

 


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View – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

He stood on the balcony and stared at the montains in the distance. The view was incredible, he thought, agreeing with what everyone at the hotel had told him. Then she stepped up behind him. He turned and saw her all dressed up for their dinner date, and thought the sight of her was a more breathtaking view. He grinned and offered her his arm.

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

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/11/02/tuesdayuseitinasentence-view/


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Boo Who – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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The small group of 5 children sat on the floor in the dark living room. One of them held a lit flashlight below his face so it gave him a spooky appearance while he told the others his ghost story.

“And as she turned to look, she saw the bloody hook!” Mike exclaimed as he finished his story.

Three of other kids let out small cries of fear. The other commented, “That wasn’t all that scary, Mike.”

“Really, Dennis?” Mike replied, lowering his flashlight to shine on Dennis. “Then why are you trembling? And why did your voice sound a little high pitched?”

Dennis frowned. “My turn for a story,” he said. “Give me that.”

Mike reached over to hand him the flashlight when he saw movement behind he couch. He froze and gasped. 

“What’s wrong?” Dennis asked.

Mike pointed with a trembling finger. Dennis and the others turned to look.

Behind the couch stood a tall, cloaked figure. Its arms began to wave and it started to make moaning noises. Then it started to move around the couch and towards them. The children all stood up and started screaming and backing away.

As it neared the children, the figure suddenly removed the cloak and cried out, ‘BOO!”

The other children screamed, but Mike recovered his wits enough to shine his flashlight on the figure. He rolled his eyes. “Mom….” he sighed with embarrassment.

His mom chuckled. “Happy Halloween, kids.”


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

https://lindaghill.com/2021/10/29/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-october-30-2021/

 


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Union – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

She paced her room, fuming at the news that her father was thinking of marrying her off. True, the union would help her kingdom, but she’d rather die than marry that pompous prince from the neighboring kingdom! She shuddered at the thought. There had to be another way to save the kingdom…

She paused as she remembered an old story, a myth about a lost treasure. Would that save her kingdom and stop the union?  Thinking it might, she decided to go find it. She knew the journey would likely be dangerous, but it was better than getting married.

She grabbed a cloak and slipped out her bedroom window into the night.

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

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/10/06/tuesdayuseitinasentence-union-2/


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Trust – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

He studied her with a skeptical eye. He’d found it hard to trust people thanks to his rough childhood. But there was something about her that seemed different, that said he would be able to trust her. After a moment of consideration, he decided to trust that feeling and put his trust in her.

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

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/09/28/tuesdayuseitinasentence-trust/


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Save – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

“I’ll hold them off!” he told her as he grasped his sword and faced the group of brigands advancing on them. “Go! Save yourself!”

She shook her head and replied, “No! You can’t take them all on by yourself. I won’t leave you!” She pulled the dagger from her belt and stood beside him, and he gave her a small smile.

The next thing they knew, the brigands suddenly dropped to the ground with arrows sticking out of their chests. A male voice called out from the surrounding trees, “You can put your weapons away. You’re safe now.”

Wondering who had saved them, they looked around for the source of the strange voice.

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

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/09/07/tuesdayuseitinasentence-save/


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Rent – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

Having missed his flight home for the holidays and learning that all other flights were booked, he decided he would just have to rent a car. But when he got to the car rental area of the airport, he found that the last car had just been rented out. As he pleaded desperately with the attendant for help, a pretty young lady who was just leaving overhead him and stepped up to offer to share her rental car with him.

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

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/08/31/tuesdayuseitinasentence-rent/


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The Moon- Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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The path you walk

May seem confusing, 

Full of insecurities

And uncertainties.

You may feel

Lost on your journey,

As if wandering

In the dark of night,

Not sure of where

You should be going.

But worry not,

For the Moon will

Light your path,

Providing the clarity

And understanding

Your intuition needs

To guide your way

Through the darkness.

Use its gentle light

To walk your path,

And take your steps

Bravely towards

Your hopes and dreams.


This post is part the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “the last photo you took”:

https://lindaghill.com/2021/07/30/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-july-31-2021/

My last photo was of the Buck Moon on July 23, 2021 (the photo at the beginning of the post)

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Pawn – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

Realizing that he had only been a pawn in her little game and had only been used to spy on her rivals, Zak decided he’d had enough. As he left her mansion, he pocketed a few small but valuable items to later sell at a pawn shop after he left town.

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

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/07/27/tuesdayuseitinasentence-pawn/