Monday, July 9, 2012

Friday Fictioneers: The Power of Adobe

Hi readers and writers,
I was cruising in Glacier Bay, Alaska last week, so I missed the usual Friday Fictioneers exercise.  But I'm back, and now I can't resist the photo prompt, so I will write it late.  If you enjoy reading the many, various ways people can approach the same stimulus as much as I do, go to Madison Woods' blog here and check out the responses.

To Friday Fictioneers who drop by later than late:  I'd appreciate any constructive criticism on my 100 word piece.  The photo is by Amanda Gray and is called "Outside Pecos."
The Power of Adobe
We barely survived, Ricky and me.  When I drank the last drop of water he shouted, "Lupe, no!"  We believed in the mirage of a tiny rectangle on the endless plains and we dragged ourselves here.  Behind the abandoned adobe hunkered a well with a pump.  Ricky jacked out water into his hat and we drank, laughed, poured it over our heads and down our backs.  And inside the house, the mud bricks sheltered us from the sun with their thick, earthy power.  But now, Ricky wants to go on.  Why can't we stay, make the power of the adobe our own?

5 comments:

Sharon said...

This is very nice! I like the way you focus more on the relief and comfort of the house and well than on the fear and suffering they went through getting there - we can imagine that for ourselves, after all. And then we end with suspense.

JeanElaine said...

I liked how you led the reader to believe survival is still a maybe and wonder if the adobe is a mirage. Good job.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lorelei ~ Happy it was not a mirage. I experienced their joy when they found that water pump behind the adobe. Nice work. Tks for reading mine. PS: Hope you had a blast in Alaska.

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields said...

Better late than never. Really enjoyed the story. Nice imagery and texture to it.

Jess Schira said...

I liked the sense of desperation and hopelessness your character had at the beginning of this story, and can't help wondering what happened next. Excellent job!