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Michael broke the silence when he leaned forward from the back seat waving a wad of cash. “I’ll buy your car. We’ll take you where you want to go. How much?”

“My car isn’t for sale. I’m going back to the city to find someone who needs my help.”

Beth turned so she could see her husband: “You disgust me Michael. You think money can buy anything. It can’t.”

“Leah, is there anything we can do to help? Michael is on the Mayor’s staff.”

Leah jammed on the brakes and said between clenched teeth: “Get out. You’re one of them, one of the bastards who chose us. Sarah and I were separated. I escaped but she was left behind. I’m going to find her and get her out of the city.”

Beth looked at Leah in horror and turned to Michael. “What is Leah talking about? What have you done?”

– The End –

This week’s flash word is “go” and the upper limit is 150 words. I just made it with 150 words.

Flash fiction is fun. Hop on over to Flash in the Pan where you can join in the M3 Flash Fiction Challenge.

 

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He didn’t look up when I entered his office. He sat there behind the largest desk I had ever seen. He knew I was there, standing, waiting, wondering but he continued reading the letter in his hand as though I didn’t exist. After what seemed an eternity, he put the letter down, squared it up neatly and looked up at me with a gaze that pinned me to the wall. I couldn’t speak. He didn’t care. I asked for the interview. I needed a favor and was afraid to ask and afraid not to.

He folded his hands together on the desk and spoke softly: “Why have you come here?”

He glanced at the heavy gold watch on his wrist: “I’m a busy man. You have exactly 60 seconds.”

Time was nearly up when I blurted it out. He nodded: “You will know soon. Now leave me”

– The End –

This week’s flash word is “up” and the upper limit is 150 words. I just made it with 147 words.

Flash fiction is fun. Hop on over to Flash in the Pan where you can join in the M3 Flash Fiction Challenge.

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When I first published this week’s image 2 1/2 years ago as The Look II, that image retained the typical 2 x 3 ratio of a 35mm negative. I like square images when it makes good aesthetic sense so I played. Here’s a square cropped version of The Look II.

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Please click on the image to enlarge.

I don’t think the girl was happy to see me. Whatever gave me that idea. Hah.

I’m having so much fun digging out the best of my photos from my year in the Nam. I hope everyone else is enjoying the revisiting as much as me.

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I couldn’t resist. Yes I’ve shown this photo a few times but since I’m revisiting Saigon 1966, and this is one of my favorites from that era, I’m doing it again.

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This image was a labor of love. I still have a print that was made way back. I never realized how good this image was until I scanned the negative and looked closer. The lab did a terrible job making prints and handling my negatives. The negs looked like someone had dropped them on the floor and walked on them all day.

I spent days cleaning all the dirt and scratches. There was a scratch across the woman’s face that I got rid of. I also dodged and burned both boys faces.

Interesting fact. I used Picture Window Pro to tweak the curves before converting to 8 bit and doing all the rest with the Gimp. I used the Gimp because I could use layers when I dodged and burned. It worked.

I liked this photo enough that a framed 5×7 print hangs on my office wall. Hope you enjoy this image as much as I do. It captures some interesting emotions (not to mention light and shadow).

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We must hide. We became creatures of the night when you forced us into the dark places. We live and learn and our magic grows stronger each day while you forget . We will return to the surface and the light when the time is right. Soon, very soon.

– The End –

The Hot Flash word is “return” and the upper limit is 50 words. My offering is 48 words.

Flash fiction is fun. Hop on over to The M3 Blog where you can join in the M3 Flash Fiction Challenge.

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