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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/


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Reverse – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

When she saw in the rearview mirror the car behind her slow down and toss a kitten out the window onto the side of the road, she couldn’t believe it, and after the car sped off around her, she threw her car into reverse to go get the kitten before it could get hurt, glad that traffic was light.

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

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


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Endings and Beginnings – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS #Poem

 

The ending of something

Often is saddening,

Bringing with it

Feelings of loss

That we think

Will never go away.

But we are all stories,

And stories never

Truly ever end.

As one story ends

Another story begins,

Just as one door closes

And another door opens,

Revealing to us new beginnings.

Embrace the ending

And cherish the memories

It gives you while

You embrace and

Embark on

The beginning of

Your new story.

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


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Quiver – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayiseitinasentence

As he approached the throne room, a quiver went through his body. Everything was riding on this. Fighting down a mixture of emotions, he took a deep breath, pulled an arrow from the quiver on his back, and kicked in the door.

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

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/01/28/tuesdayuseitinasentence-quiver/


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Patch – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

Bill was glad to see that Jeff and Lucy had managed to patch up their quarrel, but he knew it was only just a band-aid on a bullet wound and they would be at it again soon. It’d been a rocky relationship from the start, after all.

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

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/01/19/tuesdayuseitinasentence-patch/


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First Thing – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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“First thing in the morning,” grumbled Martha as she reluctantly climbed out of bed to answer the scratching at her bedroom door. “Always first thing in the morning.”

She opened the door and stared the orange tabby cat sitting there. It mewed at her and she sighed and said, “Yes, yes, I know, Garf.”

The cat walked off and she followed it to the kitchen, where she opened a can of food and dumped it unceremoniously onto a small plate. She put it on the floor in front of the cat with a mumbled “Enjoy”, then headed back to her bedroom to try to get a few more minutes of sleep.

Once Garf was finished eating, he dashed out the cat door into the back yard. There he found a clowder of cats sitting in the middle of the yard in a circle, all staring at each other. There was a space open in the circle, as if waiting for another cat to join it. Garf ran up and slipped into the open spot.

“Sorry I’m late,” he said to the assembled cats. “My human wouldn’t get out bed like she’s supposed to. I’m working on it, though. I almost have her trained to get up and feed me first thing in the morning.”

The silver tabby in the group nodded. “Good. Are you making any other progress, Number 5?”

“Some. She’s decent with cleaning my litter box and I almost have her trained with using toys. I’m still working on other aspects of her training.”

The silver tabby nodded again then faced the Siamese cat. “How is the training of your human coming along, Number 3?”

“Fairly well, Number 1,” the Siamese replied. “He also is doing well in regards to litter box cleaning. He’s also good when it comes to giving me those tasty, crunchy treats. He still insists on trying to put stupid outfits on me, though, even though I warn him off with growls and paw swipes.”

Many of the other cats nodded and commented on having similar problems with their humans.

The silver tabby looked at a Russian Blue and asked, “How about you, Number 4?”

“Not too bad, sir,” she replied. “They have finally gotten a huge cat tree for me, after all the effort I’ve put into showing them the necessity of one. And they’ve gotten a bunch of fun toys for me. Treat training is going fairly well, too. I am still working on trying to get them to let me outside more. I keeping having to find ways to sneak out to make these meetings.”

Number 1 looked around the group and asked, “Does anyone have anything else to report?”

A black cat opened his mouth, hesitated, then said, “My humans brought home a dog the other day.”

The rest of clowder gasped and began talking over one another, some offering sympathy and some offering advice, and others remarking their angry disbelief.

Number 1 brought the group under control before telling them, ” All right. I think that’s enough for today. Let’s all return home to work on training our humans for the Master Plan, and also think of way to help Number 6 with the dog problem. We’ll meet back here first thing tomorrow morning to discuss the dog. Dismssed!”


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

The Friday Reminder for #SoCS & #JusJoJan 2021 Daily Prompt – Jan. 16th