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There is a story. A story that has filtered down through families, carried around the world for centuries. It says if you find the place of Stones, and  if you walk between these Stones, they will take away your pain.  As it with every thing that gives, there is also a take. They take your memories too, leaving you as fresh as a new babe.  You won’t remember family;  strengths and weaknesses, the idiosyncrasies that made you who you are, or even your name. If it works.  It is said to work only for those whose blood the Stones recognize.  Blood of the people who put them there, thousands of years ago, when Rome was only a dream.

Caroline had struggled to get here, to this special place in Scotland. A land her ancestors had walked upon, but not smoothed out. She drank in the air, crisp and fresh.  Not at all like her home in Chicago with noise and dirt and scents best left undiscovered.

“Are you sure?”

Caroline turned to look at her brother. He had brought her here, pushing her wheelchair through crowded airports and tiny hotels until at last they had found this green space. If this worked, if the stories Seanair told were true, her pain would be gone.  No more flashing pain through her muscles, no more uncontrollable twitches, no more weakness. And no more memory of this man, her twin.

She nodded firmly and he propelled her forward. She  stood up, her frail legs shaking, and almost fell between the Stones. Flailing her way to the other side, she raised her face to the pale dawn sky.


She turned to him, and began to wail.

My story for Priceless Joy’s weekly Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. I went quite long this week, 285 words between the legend and the actual story, but I must say I was inspired by this photo. Must be my Scottish blood coming out 😉  As always, please check out the other stories inspired by this prompt;  we have such fabulous writers involved with the weekly Flash Fiction.






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I have been challenged by Donna for the Love/Hate List. I do love challenges 😉 For this challenge, I have to list ten things that I love and then ten things that I hate.   Then,  nominate 10 bloggers to do the same.   I want to thank Donna for this fun challenge; and then I guess we will get started.

Easy part first (although not in any particular order, except for the first one):

Things I Love

  1. My family: starting with my hubby and working out through blood, in-laws and friends that are family too
  2. Writing: I love writing for my blogs, stretching my wings and trying new things
  3. Horses: specifically, I love my horses! They add joy to my life
  4. Dogs: again, my dogs. I don’t know how I would get along without Daisy & Bruce
  5. Animals: if it has 4 legs and a tail, I want to pet, play, cuddle with it
  6. TV: okay, I admit it, I am a tv-holic
  7. Running: definitely an addiction
  8. Yoga: my mental release
  9. Nature: water, trees, clouds; they all make me blissful and aware of what a wonderful planet we were given
  10. Showers: I do some of my best thinking in there. Plus I love just standing under that hot, hot water

and the hard part:

Things I Hate

  1. Crocs: civilization started a downward spiral the second it became acceptable to wear Crocs everywhere and anywhere, including work.
  2. Reality TV: please, make it stop…the Bachlor, the Bacholette, Married at First Sight, the Kardashians….please, please make it all stop!
  3. Mean People: everyone has bad days. But I am speaking about people who consistently get joy out of hurting others
  4. Bigots: if only people at least tried to understand why another person believed a certain thing, did a certain thing; rather than lumping them into groups and labeling them harshly.
  5. Racism: I separate this one out because bigots hate people more for what they do. Racists hate what they are. Which is incredibly stupid. How can you hate someone because they are black? Or white? Or have blue eyes? It’s genetics, and has absolutely nothing to do with who that person is.
  6. Rudeness: if I say excuse me, at least acknowledge me. Please
  7. Sleep: this is a love/hate relationship. I love to sleep, I hate that it drags me down and refuses to let me go and I waste time that could have been better spent
  8. Icy Cold: winter is fine. Snow is pretty. But when it gets below zero, I’m done
  9. Conflict: can’t we all just get along?!
  10. War: I hate that is seems unavoidable, I hate that people have to give their lives, I hate war

And the fun part:

10 other bloggers!

Casey at Adoption


Louise at Baby Gates Down

LaToya at Creative Life

CurvyLouise at CurvyLou

Prakash at ItsPH

Justin at JustinHorneker

Michael at lifeofmiblog

Sonya at Only 100 Words

Alex at Still Life with Grad Student

……and that is 10. There are so many more. These blogs are all on my reader list, so of course I think you should check them out whether or not they accept my challenge!




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