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Firm Family Bonds

family bond : Family at Sunset vector illustration Illustration

Firm family bonds

Are formed by sharing

Love, praise, and messages

Don’t let your phone’s ringing

Go unanswered for long

Or ignore the least accomplishment.


In response to 20140725: day 206.
Today’s words: family, firm, message, rings, least

Two Hearts

Two hearts combined as one

Automatically means love

That it should last

Would be a miracle.


In response to 20140724: day 205.
Today’s words: automatic, combine, means, be, last

Heart Sealed Closed

Heart sealed closed

Now blasted open

World spinning underfoot

Running downhill

Tears spilling from eyes

Love letter clenched in hand.


In response to 20140723: day 204.
Today’s words: letter, closed, world, running, down

Any Which Way But Undead

The scent of wedding cake, flowers, and decay assail me as I approach the table. What else would you expect in Room 7734, a vampire/zombie honeymoon suite after all? There were signs of a struggle everywhere, the over turned table, spilled bottles of champagne, trodden on and smashed cake, scattered flowers, and blots of clotted black blood. Gleaming silver spikes pinned the groom to the wall like some giant macabre butterfly. He groaned in pain as the EMT’s removed the one piercing his left eye. His first words were: “Where’s my wife? What’s happened to her? Who shot me?” He cried in bewilderment.

“Here’s the crime scene Detective Dixon.” My guide, the father of the deceased and now vanished bride announced his brows furrowed in concern. “We just want to know what happened to our daughter, the police have been totally useless.” He suddenly exploded. “They won’t do a thing because our daughter is legally dead!”

“They can be picky about details like that. Call me Danger Mr. Stanford, don’t worry I’ll figure out what happened to Airlea.” I reassured him. I began with the usual round of questions: Who had last seen the bride? What was her mood like? Did she have any enemies? Meanwhile I carefully examined the evidence.

I quickly focused in on the mother of the groom. Groomed to within an inch of her undead life, there was something a little too perfect about her. Her pallid figure icy white, she showed not a single jot of concern for her injured son or his missing bride.

“How did you feel about the wedding Mrs. Albescu?”

“It was Gavril’s choice.”

I found that phrase telling, ‘it’ she called the bride. “And your husband?”

“Nicusor? He refused to have anything to do with the wedding, called it a travesty and threatened to disown our son.” She replied coldly.

“I see.” I felt a tingle. I got on my laptop and began running some searches. Several moments later I looked up. “Mr. Stanford, I’ve found your daughter. She’s one floor down in room 6734.”

“But who took her there and why?” He asked in bewilderment.

“I’m afraid that your son-in-law’s father objected rather violently to their union.” Together we tramped down to the room. I stepped in first weapon drawn. A bound  figure dressed in white squirmed on the bed. I aimed, fired, and brought down the fang-bared man that charged me. Nicusor Albescu slumped unconscious to the floor. I swiftly strapped the silver cuffs on him.

“Airlea!” The overjoyed groom raced to embrace his bride. “You’re safe!” He hugged her close. Garvil turned to his now alert father. “Why did you do this?” He asked.

“To protect our line from contamination. I thought that if she disappeared you would forget her.” Nicusor snarled. No one can be as blood-proud as a vampire.

“Never! I love Airlea! You don’t have to disown me, I’m not your son any longer!” Garvil shouted as they led his cuffed father away in disgrace.


498 Words in response to Finish That Thought #2-3, Special Challenge: Include a deception thatbackfires.

The further adventures of “Danger” Dixon can be found at:

Enjoy The Second Quarter


Enjoy the second quarter

Of the year

Rush along to the beach

Or approach the mountains

Savor summer!


In response to 20140722: day 203.
Today’s words: enjoy, rush, quarter, along, approach

The Morning Star Fades

The morning star fades

Growing dim

Under sun’s strong light

Night dwellers retire

To temporary refuges

Wrought of shadows

Returning only after sunset’s

Gilded glories have vanished.


In response to 20140721: day 202.
Today’s words: star, growing, dwell, under, temporary

Auctions Can Be

Auctions can be

Most distracting

When bidders are

Tied in battle

Across the room.


In response to 20140720: day 201.
Today’s words: tied, bid, most, across, distract

When Man First

When Man first

Crashed atoms together

He illustrated

What would one day become

A weapon to

Cover the world.


In response to 20140719: day 200.
Today’s words: first, cover, crash, illustrated, would


Half A Glass Of Milk

Half a glass of milk

Half a glass of milk

But is it half full or half empty?


In response to Photo Challenge: Containers
Boxes, tanks, wrappers: for this week’s Photo Challenge, show us something that contains something else.

We All Desrve

We all deserve

The chance to disconnect

From the internet

Lower our guards

Relax from the rush

Of modern society

And revert to a slower age.


In response to 20140718: day 199.
Today’s words: disconnect, rush, lowest, deserve, to


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