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You’ll Find But Few Obtain Such an Age

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This post is part of a series. Read the first installment here: http://andrawatkins.com/2013/10/28/reflect-how-soon-youll-quit-this-stage/

My world changes with the slam of a door. Soupy heat sizzles through me as I run, propelled by the force of her will.

Find me. 

Branches sting my face. Thorns scissor through my flesh. I taste my own blood and realize I am Here, among the Living.

I look back for one last glimpse of our final home together, but I am blinded by overgrowth. Neglect. Was the house there? Or there? I hack my feet through shoulder-high brush and skinny trees. Where are you? I shout.

Crickets cannot answer me.

I kick into the weedy dark, and it grabs my foot. Off-balance, I crash sideways through a thicket, wicked wildness that stabs my neck and makes bloody tracks through my clothes. My head hits a stony ledge, and the rising moon and stars go black.

But.

When I come to, the moon is overhead. High. I reach my hands along that rim of rock, and I pull myself to sit. And, even as I wonder how the new owner could’ve let this place go to hell in less than twenty years, I see it.

A date. 1807. Etched in stone.

I leave rusty lines along its surface as I free it from its shroud of vines and bramble, and I register where I stand at the moment I feel bony fingers spider up my leg.

………….TO BE CONTINUED…………

24 Comments Post a comment
  1. nice words…”weed dark” “wicked wildness”…enjoyed that piece.

    October 29, 2013
  2. Loving this series Andra

    October 29, 2013
  3. Wow!

    October 29, 2013
  4. And then the cat jumped up on my head and woke me up. Oh wait, that’s me.

    Loving the story. Seriously. And I know where you took that picture!

    October 29, 2013
  5. Your imagery is so good!

    October 29, 2013
  6. More!!!

    October 29, 2013
  7. tarakianwarrior #

    This line is so beautifully descriptive..”Thorns scissor through my flesh.” However, it doesn’t stand alone in being so descriptive and unique in this piece. It is all so descriptive and alive. Sometimes I feel like you reach inside of my soul and pry out the feelings that I have and put them into words as they melt and spread on paper. Wow Andra – just wow – love this!

    October 29, 2013
  8. tarakianwarrior #

    What I meant to say is that even though that line – which I feel – is one of my favorites – this whole piece is so wonderfully written and descriptive and, well, hell, touches me – when I read it I know I feel it. I’m rambling because I am not as capable of putting to words how I feel – I leave that to you because you always seem to know…you ALWAYS seem to know.

    October 29, 2013
  9. Very descriptive style you have here. Nice.

    October 29, 2013
  10. This second installment draws me in even more than the first — the first was great, but still too undefined for me to grasp what was going on. This one still leaves a million things to the imagination, but the shape its taking makes me want to grab your hand and have you lead me onward (and not at all because you’re beginning to give me the heebie jeebies… am I holding on too tightly? sorry about that)

    October 29, 2013
  11. Somebody give that man a hand. Wakka wakka! :D

    October 29, 2013
  12. Ooh you are sucking me in now.

    October 29, 2013
  13. Spooky! I imagine the world spinning round and the moon howls o’erhead.

    October 29, 2013
  14. Okay, Andra, this writing it brilliant. I LOVE your use of sound! More, please.

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

    October 29, 2013
  15. you are very good at this style of writing -

    October 29, 2013
  16. “I taste my own blood”, that line sure is a grabber! You do it so well, Andra.

    October 29, 2013
  17. Chilling fun. Loving it.

    October 29, 2013
  18. Such strong imagery I can see it all unfolding–I just don’t know to where. This is really very fine storytelling!

    October 30, 2013
  19. This made me shiver in the best possible way!

    October 30, 2013
  20. So vivid. That moment of discovery has chills running up my spine.

    October 30, 2013
  21. Kir Piccini #

    Your descriptions are fantastic and the fun in this series, I am enjoying every word.

    October 31, 2013
  22. I am yelling “Get out of there!” Jump! Run! Leap! Eeeek!

    October 31, 2013
  23. Playing catch up and first want to say “TQTQTQ!” for always linking your series!!
    So glad it’s finished :P Now I don’t have to wait to read the rest…mwahahahah!

    November 2, 2013

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