A Nightmare to Remember #SixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Inspiration #WritingPrompts

When I pressed the button for the third floor, the elevator rose slowly, then stopped with a jerk. I tried pressing the third floor button again, but nothing happened. On the verge of panic, I pressed the alarm button, but there was no sound.

Suddenly, the elevator ascended quickly, then descended just as fast, continuing to move up and down, as I clung to the hand rail for dear life. I screamed, then heard my smart speaker’s cheerful wake-up alarm. I opened my eyes to find myself safe in my own bed with my cat softly purring next to me.

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Thanks to Girlie on the
Edge for inspiring the above with her six-sentence story prompt for this week, in which the given word is “verge.” You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ responses.

 

Abbie wears a blue and white V-neck top with different shades of blue from sky to navy that swirl together with the white. She has short, brown hair and rosy cheeks and smiles at the camera against a black background.

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

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Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

13 thoughts on “A Nightmare to Remember #SixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Inspiration #WritingPrompts”

    1. Well, when I wrote this, I could only think of one ending. But earlier this morning, someone told me that her cousin was injured when an elevator did the same thing. But frankly, I think this ending is better, don’t you?

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  1. Excellent story, Abbie. No doubt frightening while dreaming. In younger years, I was all about the dream analyses. The mind is a powerful thing. Processing, digesting all that we see, hear, experience. I marvel at those who say they don’t dream!
    May you never have an elevator mishap. I try to avoid elevators whenever possible, lol.

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    1. I got stuck in an elevator once but have never had a mishap like that described in my story. I agree with your ideas about dreaming. Some say having a story turn out to be a dream is a cop-out, but I don’t think so. Several stories in my upcoming collection turn out to be dreams. Thank you for reading and dreaming.

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