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Susan Sleggs

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By Candle Light – flash fiction

Michael sat on his back porch enjoying the created shadows and smell of citronella candles. He wore his number 10 football jersey from high school. It was a happy remembrance that still fit over his muscle-bound upper body. His favorite number had switched from 10 to 100; 100 days until the docs told him he was out of the woods after the bomb and 100 days to build the nerve to ask Tessa to come to his home. He would have 100 various sized candles burning to welcome her. He hoped the romantic scene would bring him his desire.

Written in response to Charli Mills May 21, 2020, prompt at Carrot Ranch Literary: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about 100 candles. What do they light, and why? Think about contrast or symbolism. Are the candles large, small, or stars in the night? Go where the prompt leads!

A Grand Organization

When I wrote my novel I wanted the young male hero to be a well-rounded, moralistic, caring, upright young man the military would love to have as one of their own, so I made him a Boy Scout during his growing up years. He was also an only child, so the Scouts gave him a family of brothers, a place to belong and best friends. Later in the story he mentors another youth in the Boy Scouts so some of the badges they can earn are discussed. The five most common are First Aid, Camping, Cooking, Swimming and Citizenship in the Community. Good everyday living skills. Continue reading “A Grand Organization”

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