Weekly Photo Challenge – Narrow

This week’s photo challenge is Narrow and I’m in luck! I have just the photo for you. 

From spaghetti to the quiet alley behind your house, this week show us something narrow.

Can you tell what’s happening in this picture? Look closely.

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Can you figure it out? 

This is what’s happening.  First of all, we are in San Francisco. A bus is making a left turn into the lane of this cable car (in the foreground, on the right side). People in the middle are those who are holding on the poles on the outside of the cable car, including my son with the cool shades (because he’s too cool!). 

What made it a tight fit was the parked car on the left side of the street (not seen). The whole time I thought, “Must we do this!” I was on pins and needles, but had to take a photo. I think my son might even be a bit worried in this one.

I have a feeling this wasn’t the first time this has happened. They seemed to know what they were doing. My favorite thing are the expressions of the bus passengers, almost as they couldn’t be bothered or as if we weren’t there at all. 

Me, I’d say it’s a close call! That’s public transportation for you. Always an adventure!

For more photos for this Narrow prompt, please visit the Weekly Photo Challenge.

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Cooped Up – Friday Fictioneers

This week marks Rochelle Wisoff-Fields‘s third anniversary with the Friday Fictioneers. Congratulations, Rochelle! Hats off to her leadership and dedication she has given to this group. I enjoyed this community and have watched it grow, not only in number, but in the strength of its writing. I want to say thanks to everyone for making it such a great part of my writing journey. September marked three years with this group, and I was having so much fun I didn’t even realize it. Yay!

As allowed, I re-running a story. The timing couldn’t be better as I have a busy couple of days ahead. I promise I will get to reading stories. However, it may have to wait until the weekend. It’s kind of nice to come back to a story and think, “Yeah, I liked this story.” It’s a nice feeling. I just changed one word, even though I’m over the 100-word limit.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Ron Pruitt

(105 words)

Cooped Up 

Sweat, soap, aftershave, and a piercing, spicy floral pervaded the air. I slid my way down the aisle, each step unveiling a nod, a smile, or a distant gaze.

The promise of a sixteen-hour journey influenced my choice of a traveling companion.  I sat next to an elderly lady with her head in a book, hoping I might pass the time with sleep. Directly across from me sat a man with a cage hidden under a towel. Wisps of feathers escaped onto the grimy floor.

Cluck. Cluck. He shook the cage and offered me a toothy grin. Am I the only one who’s hearing this?

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My original story can be found here.

For more stories from the Fictioneers, click here. 

Cooped Up – Friday Fictioneers – 10/19/12

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers, courtesy of Madison Woods. Ron Pruitt provided the photo for the prompt. Thank you, Ron. This conjured up many reminders of my travels on a bus.

Dear readers, if you would like to participate, please follow this link, write a poem or a story in 100 words (approximately), and upload your post to the site. Give it a try. It’s a lot of fun and a great writing exercise.  I have 105 words today in the form of a story.

Image courtesy of Ron Pruitt

Cooped Up (105/100)

Sweat, soap, aftershave, and a piercing, spicy floral permeated the air. I slid my way down the aisle, each step unveiling a nod, a smile, or a distant gaze.

The promise of a sixteen-hour journey influenced my choice of a traveling companion.  I sat next to an elderly lady with her head in a book, hoping I might pass the time with sleep. Directly across from me sat a man with a cage hidden under a towel. Wisps of feathers escaped onto the grimy floor.

Cluck. Cluck. He shook the cage and offered me a toothy grin. Am I the only one who’s hearing this?