Quote + Haiku (120421) WDYS # 110

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“Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete.”

— Marcy DeMaree

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Haiku inspired by the above quote:

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See # 110

love and time

sharing the same moment

in green pastures

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“In winter this town is freezing. You step out your door in the morning and the whole place looks like one of those nature specials in… the North Pole.”

– Flynn Meaney

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Haiku inspired by the above quote:

Wisconsin winter

clings to branches frosted stir sticks

mixing metaphors

The Gem – Finale – A Short Story

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A fictional short story series: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10

Note: Dear friends, if you would like to read the entire short story as one continuous document, you may access it from the WordPress media library-link here.

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In the valley of Zin, there was a strange thunder.

Above ground, it was deathly quiet. The Sunbaked sand dunes as high as Eiffel towers quivered unrelenting heat. Breezes from the far away Nile, provided no relief.

Below ground, the source of the thunder came to life in a swirling wind. A wind that cooled the burial tombs to subzero temperatures.

Into this below-ground wasteland, the gleaming hourglass with Whynn and her aunt Meg inside teetered upon its arrival. The hourglass abruptly expelled the two souls and then it vanished.

The darkness was cold. The cold—was even darker.

“I don’t like this place, Meg. Where are we? Are we lost?”

“We are never lost Whynn. We are nowhere, and everywhere at the same time. Everything will be okay, follow my instructions, exactly.”

Suddenly, deafening thunder roared. The tomb shook violently. Whynn and Meg were catapulted, with tremendous force. The force pulled them closer and closer to King Fumauiti’s sorcerer’s sarcophagus. The lid was sealed with a golden glow around its edges. A strange blue light suddenly illuminated the macabre environment.

Whynn could not believe her eyes.

Her aunt Meg held her hand reassuringly and said: “Its okay Whynn. Take the gem, and give it away, for good. You will know when.”

Suddenly, out of the sound of thunder, a living being formed. It rose tall and grand with blue wings. It held the hourglass which had just deposited Whynn and Meg into the tomb, in its right hand. Its height was as tall as the Burj Khalifa rising out of the sand. It had the face of a woman—Whynn’s mother, Gemma.

Its voice thundered with compassion, a voice—Whynn recognized immediately. It said,

“Whynn, please give me the gem. You will never see it again. You will remember everything. Understand, my darling girl?”

“Mom!”

Sobbing until she had no more tears, Whynn took the gem from Meg, and with it in her outstretched hand said,

“I understand Mom.”

Suddenly a swirling cavernous dark circle appeared. Its touch, so icy cold it burned, knocked the gem from Whynn’s hand. It was King Fumauiti’s consciousness in the form of the person Whynn knew as Dr. D’jet.

Dr. D’jet/King Fumauiti hurriedly began reciting the incantation he hoped would give him eternal physical form. The same incantation that failed thousands of years ago.

Whynn’s mother’s voice reverberated, echoing from all sides in the tomb. “Stop!” she said, “Time is a circle. You, King Fumauiti cannot break it!”

Then the being/Whynn’s mother picked up the gem before Dr. D’jet/King Fumauiti could complete the incantation.

Howling a blood-curdling scream—a cry from deep within his soul, in dread at the thought of eternal darkness without form, Dr. D’jet/King Fumauiti vanished into the walls of his sorcerer’s sarcophagus…entombed forever in the letters of its hieroglyph warning: “Meddle not in time’s circle of life, O King.”

In the next moment, Whynn was in her bedroom dressed in her pajamas and robe.

She remembered everything.

She tiptoed on the cold floor tiles and made her way downstairs. There was a new spring in her step. She made herself a hot bowl of French Canadian pea soup, just like her mother, Gemma used to make.

Musing out loud to herself as she sipped the soothing hot soup, she whispered:

“Not everything once hidden, is meant to be found.”

***The End**

Quote + Haiku (120221)

Checking last year’s lights – Image credit: yours truly

“There’s something about the holidays that makes the planet communal…as twinkling lights dot the landscape and carols fill the air. It’s an inspiring time of the year.”

Marlo Thomas

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Haiku inspired by the above quote:

twinkling bright ideas

testing last year’s festive bulbs

new memories bloom

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North Shore Waves, Oahu Hawaii – Image credit: ssevans /Twenty20

“There are easy ways to bring back summer in the snowstorm.”

― André Aciman

Haiku inspired by the above quote:

winter storm hangs ten

surfing to and fro shoveling

precipitation

Quote + Haiku (112921)

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“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”

― William Blake

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Haiku inspired by the above quote:

what is real

in the mind’s eye

can be seen

Quote + Haiku (112821) #Eugi’s Weekly Prompt

From the very beginning to the very end, pointing to our own hearts to discover what is true isn’t just a matter of honesty but also of compassion and respect for what we see.

Pema Chödrön

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Haiku inspired by the above quote:

Written for Eugi’s Weekly Prompt – Compassion – Nov 25, 2021

compassion needles

humanity’s compass—true north

guiding the seeker

The Haiku Mystery – Part 5 – A Sunday Short Story

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**A fictional mystery – Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4**

Marlee rushed to the Cathedral entrance, its massive open doors like angel wings floating upon hewn bark, framed her exit. She found Earl d’ Rothchild leaning on his walking stick deep in thought.

“Uncle are you okay?” She asked. The two figures were now both rain-drenched standing on St Paul’s front steps.

“Let’s get out of the rain.”

“No this won’t take long dear girl. I am asking you to cease snooping into the painting. I am asking as one who cares for you. Not as your former employer. Understood?”

“Snooping, me? I wouldn’t dream of it!” said Marlee as the two quickly parted company.

Marlee side-stepped her way to her car dipping in and out of storefronts pretending to seek frequent shelter from the rain.

Her efforts were more to see who was following her, than any attempt to remain dry.

She knew she was on to something big when interim Chief, Adonis Zodek of Scotland Yard warned her off. Now, she knew who was behind it all—her step-uncle, the Earl, former head of Clandestine Operations, MI6.

She did not see the young man in the Tommy Hilfiger hoodie; but, she now knew that her uncle would have her watched to ensure her compliance with his request. Marlee quickly decided that she needed some backup of her own, on the rest of this case.

She sat in her Mini Cooper and shook the rain from her hands. She dialed.

“Hey, it’s me. Can I hire your services as per usual? Watch my back. Do not engage. This is big. I will double your usual fee?”

“You got it, auntie. It is my pleasure to get back in the family snooping business. Unemployment was getting boring.”

“Stay safe. Uncle you-know-who is in involved. Therefore, to us both: safe travels and God’s speed. I am near St. Paul’s. You can start tracking whoever is following me from there. I will wait until you are in position before I drive off.”

“You know you are my favorite nephew right?”

“Love you too auntie. Cheers.”

Thirty minutes later, Marlee’s nephew, Walter casually drove past her and parked his hunter-green Peugeot Gti.

Then Marlee drove off.

In response to Marlee’s sudden departure, the young man in the Tommy Hilfiger hoodie, Jazer—British Intelligence’s youngest double “0” agent, raced a brief distance to his silver-grey Ducati, remote-starting its 234 horsepower engine.

He donned a dark blue biking jacket and his Arai-X Ghost helmet. His signature mark, a crusader cross, like that of the Knights Templar emblazoned on its front, above the riding helmet’s face shield.

Carefully weaving in and out of traffic, Jazer followed Marlee’s Mini Cooper through London’s narrow streets, expertly staying out of her rearview and side mirrors’ sightlines.

No stranger to surveillance tradecraft, Marlee’s nephew Walter followed the silver-grey Ducati, from a safe distance.

Driving along London’s Fleet Street, Marlee had an idea. Now that she knew that her uncle was involved she would need some alleys of her own— if she were to locate the painting before him, and or his “people.” Her uncle never worked alone. He stayed in the shadows and let others take the heat or worse. That way, his hands were always “clean.”

She pulled up and parked in the back lot at Lloyds of London. Entering the building, she marched to the Front Receptionist—a pleasant and polite young man.

“Good morning, may I see Wendy Eveningstar? I work freelance Retrievals under her supervision.”

Checking his computer terminal the Receptionist replied, “I am sorry, no one by that name works here.”

“Can you double-check?”

“I am sorry Miss, there is no one by that name. I have to ask you to leave now, please.”

“I am not leaving until I see someone in charge, to get to the bottom of this.”

“Miss, I am sorry, please do not make me call Security. Please exit the building.”

Pointing to a lifesize portrait painting of her Aunt Marj on the wall behind the Reception Desk, Marlee said, “Yes, my all means, call Security, I want it on record that you threw your company’s board Chairperson’s niece off the premises. Go ahead call them, please.”

The Receptionist now turned several shades of red as he said, “I am ssoo sorry Lady Marlee Plantagenet, I did not recognize you. Please have a seat, I will call someone to speak with you, immediately.”

Marlee waited a few brief minutes and then, into the Reception area walked Wendy Eveningstar. Her employee badge clipped neatly onto her belt read: “Jane Smith, Public Relations.”

Whispering as softly as possible, Marlee said to her,

“Forgive me, surely you could have chosen a more unique cover name than Jane Smith—Agent Eveningstar?”

The two women smiled as they walked out of the building to Marlee’s Mini Cooper parked out back.

“Let’s chat, off the record, Lady Marlee. Shall we?”

In the brief seconds that followed, neither of the two women noticed the shooter lurking on the silver-grey Ducati in the well-maintained bushes; nor heard the silenced Walther PPK/S .38 caliber bullet whiz past Agent Eveningstar’s head, just missing her right temple.

But in the next moment, the two women did hear Marlee’s nephew Walter yelling from across the parking lot, “Gun, get down, get down!”

The two women both, with razor-sharp reflexes, dove to the ground near Marlee’s Mini Cooper. Marlee opened her car door with her remote, grabbed her “walking stick,” and opened its bulletproof parasol over their bodies as two successive sniper bullets shattered the windows on her Fiat Mini Cooper’s driver side.

**To be continued next Sunday**

Quote + Haiku (112721)

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“Smoke rose straight up from the chimney, as if the house raised its hand. As if the house knew the answer.”

― Seré Prince Halverson

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Haiku inspired by the above quote:

plumes of smoke

touching the sky heavenward

praying incense

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