Burning the Trash

Photo credit @Jennifer Pendergast Burning the Trash By. T. Delaplain  Every chapter Peter burned brought him closer to clarity. He wasn’t a writer, just a hack. He cut through the painful details of his deficiencies leaving only shreds of regret and a pile of literary trash. The premise had been brilliant, the main characters tragically... Continue Reading →

A Tinder Promise

Photo credit Lisa Fox Tinder Promises by T. Delaplain Had we ever had a first date? I only remember that you had always been by my side. I had promised you, so I had swiped right. Recalling the details in my date’s text, it felt like a spy mission.  I had as much experience with... Continue Reading →

Mo Fhioghrá

PHOTO PROMPT © Amanda Forestwood Mo Fhioghrá by T. Delaplain Willing to take the beatin’ that would come later, Aidan laid his chin against his gobshite brother’s favorite fiddle. Catching the eye of the barkeep, he nodded, requesting a pint. The bartender flashed him the finger and mouthed feke off.   He’d only get the... Continue Reading →

A House Divided

photo credit @Liz Young A House Divided By T. Delaplain  It started with an innocent comment, a slightly frisky flirtation, a light breeze. No harm, no foul, the foundation was solid, nothing could touch the haven he’d built around his family. But the fresh breeze continued to build with feather light touches in passing and... Continue Reading →

Paper Cuts

Paper Cuts by T. Delaplain Dana selected a fresh sheet of binder paper and the sharpest of the dull round tipped scissors. Precision was her command as she shaped a delicate snowflake of filigree and lace. Snip. The pattern, uniquely hers, fragile yet beautiful. Were those the words the counselor had said in reassurance? She... Continue Reading →

Meditation for Beginners

Photo credit: David Stewart by T. Delaplain Go With the Flow by T. Delaplain Lying on a mat with my head on a bolster, so relaxed in corpse pose, shavasana, breathing in relaxation. “Imagine your breath, ebb and flow. Let any negative thoughts or cares evaporate. Immerse yourself.”  Did I lock the car? “Be the... Continue Reading →

A Narrow Escape, Friday Fictioneers

Photo by Lisa Fox A Narrow Escape by T. Delaplain The bruises had faded with the anger and indecision.  Happiness was reserved for paper dolls. Bad relationships like burning tenements offer few escape routes. She tossed a match as she secured the door behind her. Until in death, we do part. Check out the talented... Continue Reading →

To Sleep Among the Poppies

Photo prompt by Jeff Arnold To Sleep Among the Poppies By T. Delaplain Dot kicked her heels under the tumbled mattress, a splash of red among the silky detritus of her trade. His used trash tainted the pile of garments that had to be rinsed and worn again in a few hours. Counting the emerald... Continue Reading →

Balancing Acts

Photo by Fatima Fakier Deria Balancing Acts By T. Delaplain “You can have it all”, they said. The career, the kids, an American flag and a pink flamingo on the picket fenced lawn; a full measure of domestic bliss. I was in the center ring with all the balls in the air, apron strings tied,... Continue Reading →

False Halos

Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields False Halos By T. Delaplain A hush descended, the lights dimmed and the stage rose from the fiery bowels of the auditorium. Reverend Wilts, awash with golden light unfurled his robes, arms spread wide in false subjugation. The sound of salvation began with a few calculated notes guaranteed to open the... Continue Reading →

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