Redwood Summer Chapter 17

The parties, family gatherings, career change, leaving of school, ordeals, dispersement of friends to their separate lives, and all the other life events of the past year ran through Jason's mind as he continued to look out the passenger side window from a work truck as Hal drove. He gazed ahead to the dry, golden … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 17

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Redwood Summer Chapter 16

Jason drove along a Central Valley freeway through large expanses of agriculture. In the distance he saw the prison, a desolate cluster of rectangular, institutional buildings imposing upon the surrounding open space. He exited off the freeway as he approached and drove to the visitor lot. He parked and felt a little uneasy as he … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 16

99 Word Prompt: Balloons

https://carrotranch.com/2018/03/09/march-8-flash-fiction-challenge/ Timmy brought the balloon animal to his family.  "Look at what I got." "Why look at that balloon dog!" his mother said.  "How cute!" "No," father disagreed, "it's a horse." "You're both wrong," grandma interrupted.  "It's obviously a rhinoceros." "Let me look at that," Uncle Wally requested as he took the balloon animal and … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Balloons

Redwood Summer Chapter 15

Jason was looking over the newspaper classified want ads as he sat at the kitchen table. David was across from him doing his homework. “Anything promising?” father asked from the living room. “Not much,” Jason answered. “A lot of the same old stuff.” “Budget cuts because of the Cold War ending would be my guess.” … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 15

99 Word Prompt: White Flowers

https://carrotranch.com/2017/12/21/dec-21-flash-fiction-contest/ The man stopped when he came across a pleasant sight of white flowers arrayed in front of him.  He wistfully contemplated the field of new growth.  The beautiful daisy, he sighed to himself, Bellis perennis if memory serves me.  He looked across the many bright yellow dots surrounded by snow white petals atop thin … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: White Flowers

Redwood Summer Chapter 14

Jason took a long drink from a bottle of tomato juice and waited for it to replenish his fatigued body. He leaned back against a three story rack of heavy steel shelves half filled with inventory and relaxed for a bit as he continued to recover from too much alcohol over the weekend. He felt … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 14

Redwood Summer Chapter 13

“So now Alex is trying to hook him up with a job so he can pay off his back rent!” Mike said loudly to Jason over blaring party music. “Hook who up?!” Jason replied just as loud. “Curtis!” Mike repeated. “Oh, good for him!” Jason yelled back. “Hope it works out!” “Maybe he can find … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 13

99 Word Prompt: Lighthouse

https://carrotranch.com/2017/07/07/july-6-flash-fiction-challenge-2/ Wendy and Jack approached the old lighthouse with other tourists. "I just love these old buildings!" Wendy gushed.  "Don't you, dear?" "They're okay, I guess," Jack replied. "But it's so grand looking!  They knew how to build things then." "It's just an archaic brick building with no more use.  Modern ships rely on more … Continue reading 99 Word Prompt: Lighthouse

Redwood Summer Part III Chapter 12

Jason hurried through downtown along Santa Clara Street. The glaring, late summer sun heated him from above and he was stifled by the unfamiliar tightness of his necktie. He loosened its knot, unbuttoned his collar, and let the heat out as he kept moving. He turned south onto Market Street, went a little further, then … Continue reading Redwood Summer Part III Chapter 12

Redwood Summer Chapter 11

“You don’t believe me, do you,” Phil said impatiently. “I don’t know, Phil,” Larry admitted, “that all sounds pretty off the wall. And how do you know anyways?” “The information is out there,” Phil restated, “and anyone can find out if they're willing to look beyond the establishment mass media.” “Oh, here we go again!” … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 11