Giant Problem Solved

Kittelson mountain and sea

(I have no idea where this Flash came from, but…uh…OK)

Hugo’s belly pangs rumbled down the dark mountains above Heffinger Hollow, and he was tempted to nibble on a half-cooked morsel of the spunky spelunkers that frequented the Carbuncle Caverns. The spelunkers, per usual, had zigged when they should have zagged, and fallen deep into the bowels of the caverns; deadly for them, but an easy reach for Hugo.  Continue reading

Solstice Story

Cardinal in flight thru snow

Source: Rob Swanson Photography

(Full Version)

She clambers atop the cardinal’s shoulders

Gently hooks soft knees over scarlet wings

Grasps the longest feathers of his crest

 

Her cape of midday flutters a hopeful breeze

Knapsack packed with morning dew, wild strawberries

Golden bee pollen

 

Time is the essence.

 

A sweet request, whispered in a red bird’s ear

He lifts his wings, ruffles his crest

Together they soar toward a land

Far beyond East of the Sun and West of the Moon

 

Finally, they reach day’s end

With all her strength, she pulls its edge

The leaf is stiff, heavy with Summer’s rain

 

Time to turn the page.

 

Cardinal warbles, beats blue sky, backs up

The cycle now continues

Toward crisp gold and russet leaves

Dark-eyed Winter nods, beckons her home.

© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2021)

 

(Solstice Story 2 – 99 words)

She clambers atop the cardinal’s shoulders

Gently hooks soft knees over scarlet wings

Grasps the longest feathers of his crest

 

Her cape of midday flutters a hopeful breeze

Knapsack packed with morning dew, wild strawberries

Golden bee pollen

 

Time is the essence.

 

A sweet request, whispered in a red bird’s ear

He lifts his wings, ruffles his crest

Together they soar toward a land

Far beyond East of the Sun and West of the Moon

 

Finally, they reach day’s end

With all her strength, she pulls its edge

 

Time to turn the page.

Dark-eyed Winter nods, beckons her home.

© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2021)

Carrot Ranch Prompt (06/18/2021): In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features a solstice. What is the era and setting? Use the solstice as a celebration, metaphor, or talking point. Go where the prompt leads!

First Kiss

sexy lipsticked mouth & tongueThey were nearing the prescribed percentage for herd immunity, but people were impatient and downright cranky, and as a result of that – well, that and the economy — restrictions were being lifted for those fully vaccinated. Continue reading