New Lives by Arthur Hall

Prompt: A new life | Word count:1 000 exactly | Genre: Reality fiction

“When I was fifty-six, I was reborn. It was not like it was a religious conversion; as a reborn Christian or anything like that. It was a socio-economic rebirth caused by happenstance, ageism and unemployment. As the euphemism goes ‘my circumstances took a turn for the worse’. I was a high-flying manager. A new subsidiary start up had been powered by me into profitability from scratch in eighteen months. Thirty-two of my target list of seventy-two clients already under contract with an eighteenth century manor house in its own park as my base. Everything seemed to be going as smoothly as velvet. Then like a bolt from the blue, the parent company became bankrupt. That meant goodbye to business lunches, clients, manor house and park.”

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New Life by Komal

Prompt: New Life |  Word count: 1000 | Genre: Fiction

Mira and Ashish entered Café Hideout, a restaurant they frequently visited after work. It was almost closing time but they weren’t worried. They had a regular table.

“So, Mrs Verma, how have you been?” Ashish said teasingly, once they settled.

“Oh, it’s been a busy week Mr Verma. How have you been?” said Mira with a grin, playing along. Both had hectic schedules this week and despite staying under the same roof, they hardly had any time to talk to each other.

Catching up on the week that was, she gulped down her glass of water and asked for some more. It’s been quite hot since past few days and a glass of water couldn’t stand a chance to quench your thirst completely.

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A new life by kimzy

Prompt: A new life | Word count: 1000 | Genre: Family drama

I have been living with my grandma and my aunt since my parents died in a vehicular accident five years ago. I was only eight years old at the time. But I remember just like it was yesterday. And I watch my older sister Elizebeth life spun out of control, as a result of that. After mom’s death, Elizebeth started acting out in strange ways and grandma Flo in her old age tried to deal with her but it wasn’t easy .

She would skip her classes and follow a bunch of slackers to play pranks on the other students. During her gym class, she would even be reported seen smoking pot behind the building.

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Of Kites and Razor Wire by Duane Allicock

Prompt: New Life | Word count: 1000 | Genre: Drama

The sky overhead was a deep cerulean, dotted with wisps of cirrus clouds, lazily drifting across.

As he waited with the rest of fathers for the gate to open, Daniel tried his best to contain his excitement. Like many of the men around him, he had gone months without seeing his loved ones. But on rare occasions such as these, where everyone could be reunited into something resembling a family, the anticipation around him was palpable. Although it would only be a few moments, he tried to calm himself by taking in his surroundings.

There was a tent set up in the southern right corner of the grounds, from which soca music played, and to the left of where he stood, there was a food station and seating for 15 families complete with huge beach umbrellas. A children’s play area had even been set up this time and a competition organized for the gift he eagerly wanted to present to his son.

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Some Flowers by A. C. Vasquez

Prompt: A New Life | Word Count: 1000 words | GenreRomance

The music boomed, muffled from within the convention center. The shockwave rippled across the street to where I was standing. My heart fluttered as the bass shook the insides of my body.

“Okay. I can do this,” I said. I took a step forward. My next step took a one-eighty. I was back where I started

I leaned on a fence to catch my breath. I wasn’t tired but felt like I couldn’t breathe.

Finally, an idea came to me. I took my cellphone out and dialed a number. Three rings later, a voice came on.

“Hey,” the voice said. Her voice was sweet and calmed my heart.

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Unexpected Beginnings by Jeff Mauser

Prompt: NEW LIFE | Word count: 1000 | Genre: Science Fiction

They peered through the small, one meter by half meter, thick window of their spaceship in astonishment.  The window was designed for docking purposes only, and like there their small ship, had not been designed for landing on a newly discovered planet with an alien landscape.  They surmised it was sunset for it was getting darker, the Blue Giant sun wasn’t giving off much light, and neither did the Red Dwarf that had set an hour ship’s time earlier.  The sunset had been astonishing with the last rays of the Red Dwarf mingling with the Blue Giant giving the multicolored vegetation vibrating shadows of blue, red and purple.

When the darkness outside became total they left the window and returned to their instruments.  Aaquil looked at the outside temperature and atmosphere.  The temperature was down to a tolerable 14C, only dropping a little since they had landed.  The atmosphere was a touch high on O2, 21.75% but the Nitrogen was spot on leaving the remaining 0.25% for trace elements yet to be named.  Polya looked over the power supply and rations.  She tried calling Command again, nothing.

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Ten Years and Ticking by Beth Stillman Blaha

Prompt:  A New Life Word Count: 1000 Genre: Contemporary

The formidable, invisible wall dividing the two families was crumbled by a thank you letter, hand-written, robin’s egg blue and soft from the postal delivery, among the tumbling, fresh wave of sympathy cards.

And ten years later, there was a still grieving daughter to be handed off, glittering in her off white gown to the next man who wanted to keep her.

“I still don’t know why you would pick Sean over my Riley,”  a swirl of coiffed, salt and pepper hair hovered above the bride’s ankle, sliding on a shoe that could not be reached for all the crinoline. “He’s really the one that picked up the mess when your father left us alone.”

“He didn’t exactly mean to leave us, Mom,” Anna, a woman in cornflower blue silk, who did not care that it washed her coloring out a little, said to the swirl. “He died, okay?  Crushed in a vehicle. His head came off, Mom.  It came right the hell off.”  She would have raised her bouquet in emphasis, but long stemmed calla lillies aren’t good for that effect. A nosegay would really have been better.

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Click by JM Barrie

Prompt: New Life | Word Count: 1000 | Genre: Suspense

Click.

Icy relief radiates through my body. I pull the pistol away from my temple. How did this happen? I’m playing Russian roulette against myself. I catch my opponent’s eye as I spin the revolver’s cylinder and slide the gun along the table to him.

He slams his hand on the pistol when it reaches him. I drain my aged scotch shot and refill my glass. I study him, the old me, riddled with cancer, lungs so congested with tumours they are suffocating him. I wonder about the tumour growing on the outside of his lung which threatens to grow so big it will knock his heart over and kill him given enough time. He raises the six-shooter to his temple.

Click.

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The Glory Days by Moira le Roux

Prompt: A new life  | Word count: 1000  | Genre: Fantasy

I was born an orphan.  A fact my parents emphatically denied. I knew it was so, as I didn’t belong with my family and I must have come from somewhere.

I would lie in bed at night, when I was young and imagine my real father. With his long, black curls in his circus outfit, with one golden earring, doing his matador dance routine with the bulls. He was the gypsy king. Now his younger brother had grown up and challenged him. A fight started and the music from the circus had beat in time to the swishing blades. My mother at that time was in their caravan travailing over the birth of her coming child. She heard the shouts outside but could do nothing as I was coming and her screams matched those outside. Sadly, my father still had his tap shoes on and although the stronger of the brothers, his studs slipped in the sand and as he fell – his brother took the chance and slit his throat. Just as his death screams stopped, I arrived and replaced them with cries of my own. My mother was in danger and had to flee.

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A New Life by Ashleigh Seton-Rogers

The prompt: A new life Word count: 1000 Genre: Thriller

Bella stood watching the soap suds glisten and shimmer in the sink. Brightly rainbow coloured as they caught the light. With a heavy sigh she placed the dirty dishes soiled with remnants of the meat loaf they’d eaten, into the warm soapy water.

Mechanically she washed off the grime and placed them into the drying rack. One-by-one. Her hips swaying slightly to the music coming over her headphones connected to her smart phone. Housework was not something she did voluntarily or with a smile on her face, but desperate times had called for desperate measures so they said.

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