Wide Open Spaces

Photo Writing Prompt used for Today

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Nothing but wide open spaces between here and there. Might see a farmhouse every once in a while but otherwise nothing but land and sky.

Daddy was right, I had been on this road for days and the only thing I had come across was a cow, a few dogs, and a dead coon.  I could see that just up ahead there was a farmhouse. Wonder if they was looking for a hand. I sure could use a meal and a place to lay my head for the night.  I was bone weary with all this walking and could use another living soul to conversate with.  As I got closer to the farm, I saw another dead coon, and another and another. The air had become so thick with the smell of rotting carcasses that I nearly retched right there in the middle of the road. If my stomach hadn’t been so emptyI probably would have.  I heard the crows cawing from the rooftop before I ever saw them.

A shiver ran up my spine, Mama’s voice in my head, don’t count the crows, baby. You know why they’re called a murder. Don’t tempt fate. Let them tell it to the devil. 

I pulled my collar up, put my head down and just kept walking right past that farmhouse.


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This post is part of a month of daily posts for the 2018 A to Z Challenge



Would you listen to your stomach or to your Mama’s voice in your head?


16 thoughts on “Wide Open Spaces”

  1. I’m not sure I’d do either. I’d go with my hunch and I think I’d just keep going! I took part in the AtoZ challenge a few years ago and think I’ll take part again next time. it’s very time-consuming though! #kcacols

  2. Ooh nice way to set the scene. I wonder if we will see more of the farm house later in the story? Thanks for linking up with #KCACOLS hope you come back again! 🙂

  3. We don’t have crows, but we do have a pair of resident ravens. They are truly tricksters, stealing items and devastating my bird feeders. – Margy

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