Tag Archives: nature

Lip Service ๐Ÿ’‹ [SOCS]

Blips are bad when they appear on your phone, but on an EKG you’d better hope you have some.

Clips of politicians acting like jerks I’d rather not click on whether at home or at work.

Flipping my hair to flirt with a dude is something for which I’ve never been in the mood.

Lipstick is lovely in pink or in red, though it can mess up a collar or a pillow in bed. ๐Ÿ’‹

Slipping and falling flat on my butt I try to avoid though I don’t have much luck.

Tulips can be tiptoed through, or so Timmy sings, but I wouldn’t want to crush one, since they epitomize Spring!

Red Flag [flash 200]

Olivia felt happy about her date tonight so far. Andy seemed like a perfect gentleman. He’d brought her a lovely red rose and was a wonderful conversationalist throughout dinner.

As they left the table, Olivia made sure to notice how generous Andy was to their waiter, so unlike the miserly man she’d dated previously.

“So, Olivia,” Andy said as he drove her home. “It’s neat that you like to sketch and hike, but I should tell you I’m a storm chaser.”

Olivia was eager to learn something new and participate too. “What’s that? It sounds fun!”

He laughed. “Well, I certainly think it’s fun! Exhilarating might be a better word. My group and I watch for upcoming weather events, the bigger the better. Hurricanes, tsunamis, cyclones, you name it. And we try to get to the vicinity if we can.”

“Ookay.” Olivia felt puzzled. “But why?”

“To feel alive!” Andy moved his hands around his head, pantomiming the swirling motion of a tornado.

“I see,” she said, though she didn’t really. “But isn’t it dangerous?”

Andy nodded, his dark eyes glittering. “Sure. Last year one of our group died in a brutal blizzard. He got a great video first though.”

~*~

Green [fiction 500]

Finally, all the pesky environmental protection laws had been defeated and steel drilling rigs covered the coastline. One by one, native species of flora and fauna died off, except for the Pacific greenworm. The greenworm flourished without its former predators and swiftly mutated into a new creature that could absorb nutrients from steel. There was a lot of steel around, and the worms were hungry.

*

At the university laboratory, the brilliant microbiology team studied the mutant worms in an attempt to understand how to kill them and protect the oil industry.

“Shouldn’t we be wearing full protective gear?” Ashley Adams asked, her voice wavering, since she was new on the team, yet worried they weren’t following proper procedure.

Team leader Brock Butler shook his head. “No need for that expense,” he said decisively. “These little worms are only harmful in water. Plus we aren’t made of steel!”

Chris Campbell sneezed and said, “Hey guys, I’m leaving early for break. I haven’t been feeling well today.”

*

Cantankerous old Grandpa Campbell knocked on the bedroom door. “Ain’t you up yet, Chrissy? I got sumthin to show you.”

Chris slipped her arms into her bathrobe, shivering and shaking. Her chest felt crushed, and she knew she was much sicker than a week ago when she went on Spring Break. She shuffled over to the front door where Grandpa was pointing. “Oh, my God.”

A bright green film covered everything: the porch, the walkway, the cars, the trees. It was as if the sky had dumped green snow as a belated St. Patrick’s joke. “What is that?”

“Worms,” Grandpa said. “They’s eating up the world. And they started in your school stuff. I threw your backpack on the porch when I first saw them, and the next day there were a million. Now a hundred million. A billion!”

“That can’t be,” Chris said. “They only live in the ocean and eat steel!”

Grandpa waved his hands. “You got eyes same as me. Look! That ain’t the ocean out there. And those worms are eating my trees.”

“I have to call my team.”

“School’s gone,” Grandpa said. “Was on the news. Worms ate everyone. From the inside out. They ate the buildings too. And the computers.”

Chris had a coughing fit. Worms. Ate people. From the inside out. “Grandpa,” she gasped. “I have them.”

“No doubt. And it’s too late for me.” He nodded. “I handled your bags.”

“What are we going to do?” Chris stared out at the bright green cars that used to be a white Corolla and a black Ford pickup.

“How about a martini?” Grandpa suggested. “We have time for maybe two each.”

Chris frowned. “Time? Before what?”

“Russia and China are about to nuke us, to stop the worms from spreading over there.” Grandpa walked into the kitchen and opened the liquor cabinet.

“But doesn’t our government have something to say about that? Can’t they protect us?”

“Naw, honey.” Grandpa took down two glasses. “They’ve all fled the country.”

~*~

Genre Writing Challenge: Eco-Thriller

Opposites Attract Challenge: April 9

Three Things Challenge: PL54

In The Pink

1. Pink lemonade cupcake from Trader Joe’s.

2. Adorable pretties at a Tea Shoppe in NorCal.

3. Flamingos at the Los Angeles Zoo.

4. Glorious sunset in Irvine, California.

5. Unicorn coloring to celebrate National Unicorn Day, hurrah! ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿฆ„

~*~

For Ryan’s Photography Challenge

Coasting

The coast soothes my mind,

From the rhythmic crash of waves

To the infinite hues of blues

And greens and greys

As the water undulates,

Shimmers, foams, and sprays.

The endless reality of days

Can erase the dreamer

Within my soul,

But the mystery of the deep

Summons her out to play

And keeps her whole.

It’s only natural to be magnetized

By the pull of the ocean’s tides,

To be seduced by the primal

Scents of salt and sand,

A tangle of seaweed

In my hand.

~*~

Opposites Attract Challenge April 6

In other words, sunset…

I keep busy all day and numb my mood;

Flood the room with upbeat tunes,

But when it’s sunset I think of you.

As the sky cries itself into a bruise,

The night closes in on me like a tomb.

~*~

Prompt from Patricia’s Place

Sweet

Sweet spring blossoms

Fragrance the air

With sublime innocence.

The pinkness of petals

Unfurling in the sunshine

Eliminates any need

To question the fresh

Mound of dirt

Recently raked over.

Just breathe in the goodness

Of tender green shoots,

And cast out speculation

Of the wicked ways

Of winter.

~*~

Elemental Challenge: Air/Sweet

Opposites Attract Challenge: April 1

The Golden Moon

The last one looked up

Through the choking smoke,

Took a final breath

Of poisoned acrid air,

And there…

There glowing in the gloom

Was the same old golden moon

Just like the month before.

Could a damned soul

Dare to hope,

As eyelids fluttered closed,

That this was not the end,

And life in some form somehow

Would reappear again?

~*~

Oh Prompt Me Do!

On the road… [CFFC]

Cee challenges us to find photos of roads, streets, dirt, country, etc. this week.

1. Portland, OR

2. Costa Mesa, CA

3. Ross, CA

4. Huntington Beach, CA

5. Costa Mesa, CA

No Way So Way

From Rory

Sort of Okayish Questions with a bit of sweet, savoury and spice!

Eaten food off of someoneโ€™s naked body.

Nopes. ๐Ÿ˜

Fooled around in the stockroom while on the job.

No way. ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป

Peed in someone elseโ€™s wardrobe.

NO. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Spied on my neighbours.

Just a teensy peek.๐Ÿคญ

Been seasick.

No, but I avoid boats. ๐Ÿณ

Sprayed graffiti on something.

No way! ๐ŸŽจ

Gotten bitten, scratched, scraped or developed a rash after having sex/during sex in the great outdoors.

Nopers. ๐Ÿ˜œ

Had a hangover that was so chronically bad that you wanted to curl up and disappear from the planet.

So way. ๐Ÿคฏ I feel horrible from even a small amount of alcohol … huge crushing migraines and nausea for half a day, which is a big reason why I stopped altogether.

Fooled around or played hanky panky on the beach.

Nope. ๐Ÿฆ€

Locked keys in the car.

So way, and with my kid in there too! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Played strip poker.

Nupe. โ™ฅ๏ธ

Hidden cigarettes, cigars or weed, so my parents wouldnโ€™t know I was smoking.

Nope, they wouldn’t have cared. ๐Ÿ’จ

Fooling around in a car and accidently honked the horn.

Nopey. ๐Ÿš˜

Eaten really odd, strange, weird or zany crazy foods.

Nah. I stick with the borings. ๐Ÿง

Played spin the bottle.

Nyet. ๐Ÿผ

Dyed my hair and it went horribly and disastrously wrong.

Oh so way! Turned it a weird orange-blonde and had to run right to the salon so they could dye it all brown. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆฐ

Ridden on a strange animal, cow, buffalo, camel, elephant, rocking horse.

Probably the rocking horse! ๐Ÿด

Grabbed an electric fence by mistake.

No way! โšก๏ธ

Had nude photos taken.

Yes, by my parents when I was an infant. Annoying. ๐Ÿ™„

Been electrocuted by wiring.

Eek no. โšก๏ธ

Had food poisoning.

Yep, a few times. ๐Ÿคฎ

Attended a swingers party or other such like โ€˜eroticโ€™ exotic venue.

Only to observe. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Kicked out of a library for being too loud.

Never! ๐Ÿญ