Max was a blur in the distance, as he dashed ahead of us up the trail. Breathless, I stopped and turned to my husband. “Where does he get all his energy?” I asked.
“I don’t know,” he answered, panting. “I wonder if we could bottle it.”
I laughed. “Oh, just think of the millions we could make.”
When I was growing up, my family often hiked with our Irish setter, who ran up and down the trail and was more tired than the rest of us by the end of the day. That, along with GirlieOnTheEdge’s six-sentence prompt, inspired the above work of flash fiction. The given word is “blur.” You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations.
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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?