Daily Prompt: Futures Past

Daily Prompt: Futures Past

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? How close or far are you from that vision?
(Thank you, mirakraz and tori23, for inspiring this prompt!)


“A teacher or a librarian,” my older sister told her seriously.

Aunt Beryl nodded at the expected answer from Lee Ann and looked at me.

“A preacher.”

“Really?” she asked, “Why do you want to be a preacher? Your parents rarely even take you to church. What do you know about preachin’?”

“Not too much yet,” I confirmed. “But I know that preacher’s get to stand in front of a crowd every Sunday and talk to a room full of people. Everybody listens to what they say, so they must be pretty important, and I reckon they have the rest of the week off, to do whatever they want. Listen to the radio and go to the movies and stuff. Working only one day a week is mighty appealing to me, Aunt Beryl.”

She smiled, “Sorry boy, it ain’t that way at all. Preachers tend to work seven days a week and if someone needs them in the middle of the night, they got to get up and go. Preachers work more hours than most folks. You still want to spread the word, do you?”

“No ma’am. Do you think I’d be a good hockey player?”

“Not yet, but you could work into it. You should grow a bit bigger, you need soft hands with the puck and you really have to get faster skating backwards. Think you can work on those things?”

“Yes ma’am”

“Then, you’ll do just fine.” She said, and turned her gaze on my little sister.

“A happy lion or a fire engine.”


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Here, There Be Boggums

Charlie and Ann’s new home had two bedrooms, two baths, and a new roof – set on three acres.

Ann told him she didn’t like the old fence behind the house separating the lawn from the wood, maybe twenty-five feet long, it looked like it could topple at any time.

Charlie agreed with her; tugged a picket, and it came off effortlessly. “I’ll have this down by Thursday.”

But Thursday never came.

The Boggums came first.
They came that night.
Crept through the hole where the picket had been.

By morning the baby was gone.


Light and Shade Challenge Friday 30th May 2014

The prompt I used:

“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.”
G K Chesterton

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