Light Work

Posted: August 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

This is my 100 word contribution to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ photo prompt. Thanks to Madison Woods for the inspiring photo.

PHOTO PROMPT -© Madison Woods

Owl eyes and wolf howls followed Tessa through the woods. Secure within her tinker’s wagon, she was content. These were the lullaby sounds she’d grown up with. The velveteen night revealed no shadows, no bend or curve in the road. Tessa wasn’t worried. The horse knew the way. For an hour, pots, pans, and jars of oil clattered and clanked their gypsy music. Tessa inhaled. Yes, the scent of newly-turned earth. This was it. She reined the horse; opened the back of the wagon. Fifteen sweaty minutes later, Roman was in his grave. He would not strike Tessa again.

  1. yarnspinnerr says:

    Wow. What an ending. Great piece.

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  2. justgraham says:

    I love your words and the way you write. “velveteen night” 🙂 “the scent of newly-turned earth” Great story.


  3. ansumani says:

    Scary woods that is a lullaby to a brave woman- beautifully crafted.

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  4. Sandra says:

    Lovely! She sounds like a woman now at peace with herself.

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  5. I really like the sounds and smells, it brought me in close.

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  6. Good one Alicia, probably one of my favorites by you.

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  7. ceayr says:

    Superb story, subtly told.
    I love it.

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  8. Miles Rost says:

    Wow! Just did an exercise in my class about surprise endings. This was great stuff. Nice work!


  9. micklively says:

    Mobile domestic violence shouldn’t surprise me but it did.

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  10. Wow, wasn’t expecting the ending – great writing.

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  11. gahlearner says:

    Brilliant, from peaceful beginning to clever end. And the description of the night–where you usually would expect something scary–was just wonderful. The only thing that’s really to be feared are other people, and Tessa dealt with that admirably.

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  12. draliman says:

    I love the quiet and tranquillity of the piece suddenly ending in violence. Great story!

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  13. mjlstories says:

    The quiet velveteen night hides a dark deed. Atmospheric stuff!

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  14. You seduced me with your exquisite imagery and delicious descriptions, and then, wham! took my breath away with that dark ending! Beautifully done, Alicia!


    [You knew me formerly as V-Hypnagogic Logic ( Now, I’m StrangeLander2015 (

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  15. Excellen piece Alicia!


  16. Amy Reese says:

    What a wonderful sensory experience I had reading your story, Alicia. I felt like I was right there in the moonlight. Excellent!

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  17. Oh, what a story. You surprised me with that ending, an excellent work.

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  18. Excellent build-up and superb ending. Wasn’t expecting that at all 🙂

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  19. Dear Alicia,

    Interesting that we both likened the sky to velvet. Well told atmospheric story which is no surprise. Good job.



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    • The color in the sky reminds me of a gorgeous black velvet dress I tried on when I was about 20. I actually looked good in it ~ and passed it by. Still rue that day (although it WOULD NOT look good now.) Thanks for reading. Hope your recuperation is going well. Alicia


  20. rgayer55 says:

    Excellent piece, Alicia. Tessa seems at peace with what’s she’s done, and I do believe he had it coming.

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  21. Margaret says:

    Your imagery is magical. I love how you’ve told this, and the final lines are powerful. Great work.

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  22. Very well written. A nice innocent travelling tale turned into a story of a much darker past. I wonder what happened between the two – but perhaps I am better off not knowing!

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  23. I guess Roman had it coming.
    I was really taken by the description of the world of the tinker. Nicely done.


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