Monthly Archives: February 2019

Two Souls: Into the Fire # 115

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Two Souls: Into the Fire # 115

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TWO SOULS: INTO THE FIRE

# 115

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The little brass door bell tinkled, as Steve and Ghost entered the Whirling Disc record shop. Terry was behind the counter, and looked up.

“Don’t tell me it’s Halloween, already,” he said, laughing at what they were wearing. “Is that your costumes, or did y’all just forget to get dressed?”

“Oh, yeah, we just forgot,” Steve said. He hobbled his way over closer to the counter.

“I see you’re doing okay on those crutches…did you drive, too?”

“Yeah, it wasn’t too hard, and we got tired of being home. We were just over at the Yew for awhile,” Steve said. “Man, you should have been there.” He laughed, looking over at Ghost, who was spinning around on Terry’s office chair. He had the headphones on, listening to new music that had come in.

“Why, what happened?” Terry asked.

“Ghost just told everybody off…Zach, Trevor, and Calvin. He told them some truths about themselves,” Steve said, going into detail about the past hour. He had Terry laughing, too.

After a few minutes, Steve said, “Well, what I wanted to ask you, is can we do our CD recording in your studio…like in the next few days?”

“Sure ya can. Y’all got it all planned out? Do ya want me and R. J. to sit in on it, too? I’m sure we can set it up, just let us know…no problem.” Terry said.

“Yeah, y’all can look over the music and stuff ahead of time. I made some copies, and then we’ll set up a time.”

“Sure thing, Steve. It’s about time y’all had something new. It’s been a long time since the tape came out.”

“I know, and this time I want to make more…enough to send out farther around the area. Maybe, we’ll get discovered, or something,” Steve laughed.

“We got a cat, Terry,” Ghost said.

“Yeah, Kinsey said something about that,” Terry smiled.

“We named him Spirit, and you can see him, when you come get the music,” Ghost said.

“I will real soon, Ghost.”

“You ready to go home, Ghost? We need to feed your cat, and Terry needs to get back to work,” Steve said, heading for the door.

Terry held the door open for him. “Any time you get bored, Steve, you should come put in a few hours here.”

“Okay, soon as we get this recording done, sure will, Terry.”

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Back at home, Steve did some work on the music, getting his notes and suggestions down on paper. Ghost finished putting together his layout of pictures, for the book.  “I’m done with this, Steve. When can we take it to the printer?” he asked.

Steve took the pages, looking through them. “This is really good. Maybe tomorrow we can drive over to Raleigh, and drop it off. When we get back, I think we should go on over to the studio. I’d feel better if we get started with the recording as soon as we can.”

“Yeah, that sounds good. I’m tired, though…I’ll be glad when it’s all done.”

“Me too,” Steve said. He yawned, and tried to scratch an itch up under his cast. “All that running around this morning, maybe was too much. My leg kinda hurts, and really I should be resting it. Dragging this cast around isn’t as easy as it looks.”

“Did Terry say for sure he was coming out here today?” Ghost asked.

“No, but I have a feeling he will,” Steve said.

“You have a ‘feeling’,” Ghost giggled.

“Yeah, so…I can get a ‘feeling’, too, ya know.”

“Uh-huh, I know…well, I have a feeling like I’m gonna go take a nap,” Ghost said.

“Good idea, me too. C’mon Spirit, let’s go to bed,” Steve said, getting up off the couch.

All three of them settled in under the blankets on Ghost’s bed. It was the middle of the afternoon, but the house was quiet and warm, and they fell asleep pretty quick. A few hours later, Spirit woke. He walked around on top of Steve and Ghost, patting their faces with his paws, and meowing in their ears, trying to wake them.

“We’re still sleeping, cat…settle down,” Ghost said.

“What’s the matter with your cat?” Steve asked, cracking open his eyes.


“He wants us to wake up; maybe he’s hungry.”

They tried to go back to sleep a little while longer, but then heard a scuffling out on the front porch, and a slight knocking on the door.

“Is that Terry, already?” Ghost asked.

“I wouldn’t think so,” Steve said. “He doesn’t usually close the shop this early.”

“Well, go see.”

“Why me?”

“You’re closer to the door, and I’m still asleep,” Ghost said.

“Fine, I’ll get up,” Steve said, sitting up on the edge of the bed. Running his fingers through his wild hair, and over his face, he sighed. No one comes out here much, uninvited… He grabbed his baseball bat from his room, as he went down the hall to the front door, just in case. Whoever it was, was still there, and kept on knocking. Guess it’s not a burgler..don’t think a burgler would knock, before stealing your stuff…

He opened the door, looking out through the screen. It was Zach and Trevor.

“Yeah?” Steve asked, looking them over. “What ‘cha want? We have a phone, ya know.”

“Uh, hey Steve,” Zach said, as he eyed the bat. “We just wanted to come out here and see you and Ghost.”

“Why?”

“Well, uh, we never really got to talk to y’all, ever, and we just wanted to…say hey, and maybe get to know y’all better, and…maybe we can start over?”

Steve was frowning, “What the hell are you trying to say? Ya wanna be ‘friends’…is that it?  I think it’s too late for that, already. Ya come into town, out of the blue, and start shit with me and Ghost. That ain’t cool, man. So…just run along…” He made a shooing motion with his hands, and started closing the door.

“Wait, Steve,” Ghost said. He’d come into the living room and was leaning on the hall doorway. His hair was all fly-away from blanket static, and he was holding the cat.

“Aw, shit, Ghost, why ya wanna give these two the time of day? We’re not enemies, Zach, but were not friends, either.”

“Let ’em in, Steve,” Ghost said.

“What…why? Fine, whatever…” Steve said, as he unlocked the screen. “Ghost seems to think I should let y’all in, but ya better keep a rein on Trevor. One wrong move, and…” he slapped the bat into his other hand.

Ghost reached out, pulling Steve away from the door. Zach and Trevor came in. They’d never been there before, so were curious as to what they’d see inside, especially since they’d snooped around outside, that time, looking for Nothing. The door knocker gargoyle, and hex sign painted on the porch, was still a little freaky, they thought.

Steve kept staring at them, not saying a word, waiting for them to speak first. Ghost was still holding Spirit, but suddenly the cat yowled. His fur standing on end, he jumped from Ghost’s arms, and ran into the bedroom under the bed.

“What the hell,” Steve yelled.

Ghost looked like he was about to do the same as the cat. He knew the cat had sensed something weird about Zach and Trevor. He hadn’t quite caught what it was about them, yet, but he was wary, now.

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Next part coming soon!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

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This is a work of “fan fiction” based on the novel, “Lost Souls” by Poppy Z. Brite. All credit for the original characters, places, and some backstory mentions, belong to Ms. Brite and her publishing affiliates. Only newly introduced characters, places, and original elements of this story are entirely from my imagination. Character descriptions are a blend of the original book descriptions and my interpretation of them.

All songs included in this work will be solely owned by the original performers/writers and will be credited. Creative license is taken in including them in this story.

No harm is intended toward author, musicians, or people and situations to whom there may be a resemblance.

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The content herein is rated by me as being at the high end of MA (Mature Audience). It includes strong language, violence, sexual themes, including same sex pairingsreligious themes, and fantasy horror.

Hello? – Three Things Challenge # 6

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Hello? – Three things Challenge # 6

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/02/19/three-things-challenge-pl6/

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Today’s prompt: bouquet, telephone, screwdriver

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ring ring ring

Hello?

Is this the bouquet store?

Uh…no…what’s a bouquet store?

Oh, you know…the store that sells bouquets…flowers?

Flowers? No m’am …we’re the screwdriver store…you know…hardware?

Hardware? I don’t need hardware or screwdrivers…I need bouquets of flowers. Do you have any?

Let me check.

on hold music…

Are you there?

Yes, what did you find out?

Well, we have some of those cell phone covers that have flowers on them. Would that be something you’d consider?

For my telephone?

Yes, for your telephone…your mobile telephone…your cell phone. Flower bouquet covers. They’re really pretty.

Hmmm…okay. How late are you open?

9 p. m. We’re the store at Main Street and 34th…you can’t miss it…we have a big sign, big yellow letters…Screwdriver Store.

Well, thank you so much! I’ll be in later to buy my bouquet of flowers for my telephone, and you know what? I’ll buy a screwdriver, too, since you’ve been so helpful.

Thanks! See you then.

Bye!

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Photos found on Pixabay

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

Closed? – One Liner Wednesday

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Closed – One Liner Wednesday

One-Liner Wednesday – I need to get out more

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We went out for lunch today…first time in a long time. We drove up to the place we chose only to find the parking lot full of work cars and bins, and people taking out windows and doors to the place, and everything that had been inside, was now outside.That’s when we looked at each other and said,

Well, do you think they’re closed?

haha understatement! Yes, they were wide open and closed at the same time. Looks like they were having a total re-model of the restaurant.

We should get out more too, so we at least know what’s going on in town. 🙂

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© 2019 BS

Love Is In Da Blog – Pets – Day 20

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Love Is In Da Blog – Pets – Day 20

https://thebeewritesdownloads.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/love-is-in-da-blog-20-a-love-song-for-our-pets-prompt-post-for-february-21th/

For today’s song, we are supposed to find one for our pets. Thanks, Bee!

This one was kind of hard for me to find, because I don’t have any special song for Cricket.

So I kept looking for songs that might work, and found this one, which I like a lot. There weren’t any videos I could find with cats in them, though. Found some with penguins, a pig, and these cartoon unicorns. Oh well…

We got Cricket when she was a teeny tiny baby. I don’t know where she came from, just showed up, but the other outside cats were not nice to her, being bullys and not letting her eat the food we set out. So we took her inside. We had two dogs, and three cats here already, and Cricket immediately got along with them all.

That was nine years ago.

Here’s my Cricket! She’s sweet and I love her. ❤

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Baby Cricket

Cricket now

 

 

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“Always”, by Erasure, was released from their album, “I Say I Say I Say”, in 1994. It was written by Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, and is on the Mute (UK) and Electra (US) labels.

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Today, February 20th is also National Love Your Pet Day!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

Signals – Three Things Challenge # 5

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Signals – Three Things Challenge # 5

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/02/18/three-things-challenge-pl5/

Today’s prompt: chemistry, blanket, mailbox

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Back in the days of yore, when the Native Americans lived in peace with all of nature, there were many separate tribes. They all had their own sections of land to tend, and there were few squabbles. There were the inevitable little skirmishes and disagreements, of course, but mostly they all got along well.

Before being modernized by the Pony Express delivering mail across the vast nation, there needed to be some form of communication. The indigenous peoples figured out how to talk to one another over long distances, by using smoke signals. They didn’t write letters to each other, they didn’t have mailboxes for home and tent delivery of messages, so the smoke signals served their needs very well.

A smudgy fire would be lit, producing a lot of smoke. The head of communications, usually an elder, would use a blanket to cover the smoke, or let it out into the air. These smoky puffs were a sort of Morse Code, and all tribes understood what they meant. The signals could be seen over long distances, and read by others.

The early peoples didn’t really understand much about chemistry, but that’s what they were using. The chemical reaction of  wood and fire served to produce smoke, which for the time was a great invention in the art of communicating.

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Here’s a more detailed look at how smoke signals were used… https://www.warpaths2peacepipes.com/native-american-culture/smoke-signals.htm

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Can I Be a Little More Creative?

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Can I Be a Little More Creative?

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Here are the next couple of pages in the activity book.

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This one says to draw a checkerboard & play a game. I didn’t play a game, though.

This one says to punch holes around the edges, then thread yarn through them. Okay! I did this. The front page looks pretty good, but then I decorated the back of that page with foam letter stickers, and wrote the word yarn in markers all over. Because, why not!

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© 2019 BS

Love Is In Da Blog – Wedding – Day 19

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Love Is In Da Blog – Wedding – Day 19

https://thebeewritesdownloads.wordpress.com/2019/02/19/love-is-in-da-blog-19-my-favourite-wedding-song-prompt-post-for-february-20th/

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For today’s song suggestion, Bee has asked for wedding songs that we like. Thanks, Bee!

There are so many songs that would work for a wedding, according to whatever the couple getting married wanted and liked. There are some considered traditional songs, which are lovely, too.

For my own 1969 wedding song, we played the record, “Love Is All Around”, by the Troggs, which was a bit unusual at the time for wedding songs. I’ve posted this one a few times on here, so won’t again today.

This song I chose for today’s prompt, is a good one. The reason I thought of it is because it was played on the TV show, “Friends”, for Phobe’s wedding. We watch that show all the time, and the song is so pretty the way they did it.

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“Here, There, and Everywhere”, by the Beatles, was released in 1966, from their album, “Revolver”. It was written by Paul McCartney, and credited to Lennon-McCartney. It is on the Parlophone label.

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© 2019 BS

 

Space Girl – Three Things Challenge # 3 and # 4

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Space Girl – Three Things Challenge # 3 and # 4

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/02/16/three-things-challenge-pl3/

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/02/17/three-things-challenge-pl4/

Today’s prompt: stripes, lemonade, astronaut

Today’s prompt: cousin, folder, iguana

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I’m combining yesterday’s and today’s 3TC prompt words, because yep, I ran out of time yesterday. Hope you enjoy this little story. 🙂

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Space Girl

MY cousin, Izzy, which was short for Isabel, wanted to be an astronaut when she grew up.

In order to go to college, and space training, she had to pay her own way, because that’s just the way it was in her family…unless you earned it, you didn’t get it.

So early on, she became a budding entrepreneur with her own business. She opened the first lemonade stand in her neighborhood. She took part in all the National Lemonade Days, by taking their little courses, and learned a lot on how to run a successful business.

Every year she’d set up her stand, offering regular lemonade, pink lemonade, and even lemonade ice pops that she’d made.  She kept a running count of her expenses, and her income, and her profits were soon out of this world good. Her little notebook folder, which she decorated herself with a cute iguana and colorful stripes along the edges was a conversation piece. Everyone commented on what a sweet little girl she was, and who had big aspirations could be such an imaginative artist, too.

Years passed, and Izzy’s dream was at hand. She was an accomplished astronaut, about to take her first flight into space. Along side her was her pet lizard, Lizzy, the first iguana to go into space. She and Lizzy made history that day, as they flew high into the sky on NASA’s latest and greatest rocket ship…destination – exploration of a galaxy far, far away.

Izzy and Lizzy never returned to Earth, but sent dispatches from their travels in space from time to time. Her messages all said the same thing…”Never give up on your dreams…reach for the stars.”

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© 2019 BS

 

Share Your World

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Share Your World

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2019/02/18/share-your-world-2-18-19/

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Here are this weeks SYW questions from Melanie!

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If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I’d do the same as I do all day anyway, read blogs, read books, get my blog posts ready, play computer games.

What job would you be terrible at?

I’d be terrible at any job that required math. Anything to do with numbers I just don’t get, so I’d make a mess of that job.

When was the last time you climbed a tree?

I used to climb trees when I was a kid. I’d take a book way up in the branches, and stay there for awhile. Haven’t climbed one since.

Do you count your steps? 

I do count steps…not all the time, but quite often. Why? I have no idea.

Bonus question (just because it’s really silly)   What’s the dumbest way you’ve injured yourself?

My dumb way that I injured myself was when I was a kid. I was crawling around outside chasing my ducks. Somehow my bare foot scraped across broken glass, resulting in a severed artery on the top of my foot. Blood was spurting out with my heartbeat. Had to be rushed to the hospital for stitches.

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© 2019 BS

 

Love Is In Da Blog – Queer – Day 18

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Love Is In Da Blog – Queer – Day 18

https://thebeewritesdownloads.wordpress.com/2019/02/18/love-is-in-da-blog-18-a-love-song-from-2019-prompt-post-for-february-19th/

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Today Bee has suggested queer love songs. Thanks, Bee!

I don’t really like using labels such a queer, so hope this doesn’t offend anyone, as that is the prompt. My thoughts are that love is love, and love songs are love songs, no matter your persuasion. Any song that speaks of love can be for everyone.

This song is one I’ve liked for a long time. It’s a fun little ditty, with good music, and a twist at the end.

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“Lola,” by the Kinks, was released in 1970. It was written by Ray Davies, and is on the Pye-Reprise label.

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© 2019 BS