As writers we write for many reasons. This week, I could not work on this weekly challenge in the hours just after the shocking attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem. For many of you reading the headlines, it was just another horrific incident in the never-ending spiral of violence between Israelis and Palestinians. However, my 24 year-old daughter lives in Jerusalem– not far from the synagogue where this happened. Not far from the train platform where another attack occurred last week, and not far from a market place where a terrorist drove his car into a crowd, killing a 3 month-old baby and a 22 year-old woman. I am a mother first, a writer second. For me this news story was personal, and I could only write about that. If you’re interested, you can read my post here or on BlogHer.
However, don’t blame my clearly darker approach this week on the events in Jerusalem. Despite the cheery Michelin man, I think Claire Fuller has provided a photo this week, full of dark potential. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for wrangling this weekly group of Flash Fictioneers, who write on Wednesday but call it Friday. This week, I’m writing on Thursday and posting on Friday– call it Weekly Fictioneers! Check out other stories or join in the highly addictive fun, at Rochelle’s blog: Addicted to Purple. Each week it is truly an honor to be a part of this amazing group of writers!
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Only The Michelin Man Knows Otherwise
The noxious smell of gas and used oil hid the stench of decaying flesh. Tires piled high, made it difficult to see her bruised and battered body, dumped there the morning after she disappeared. Police investigators, family and friends scoured nearby fields, woods and the local reservoir, hoping for a sign. However, cold temperatures and slow business left the alley behind the small automotive garage mostly undisturbed for days and then weeks, as Jenna’s once beautiful blue eyes became milky and fixed, on the dark space where she lay.
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