Thursday, May 31, 2018

Not Afraid (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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“Have you ever had this close a brush with death?” he hissed in her ear, making sure she felt the cold steel on her neck.

She knew her life depended on keeping her voice steady, even cold, and she did so as she answered, “Yes, even closer.”

“Really?” he almost laughed, and as he shifted his weapon his lifted the hair on her neck and ran his fingers along her hairline, while she suppressed her shiver of disgust and simply said, “Yes, really.”

“You’re pretending not to be scared of me, but you should be very afraid,” his voice had become hard, and he tightened his grip.

Now or never, she thought, and she let her breath out as hard as she could while pulling herself down out of his grip with all her might and kicking backward with her left leg, just as she had been taught.

Caught off guard, he instinctively grabbed for the leg she had kicked and so she was able to knock the gun from his hand and get him to the floor; while he lay there writhing in agony from her second kick, which was to the groin, she said, “I’m not afraid of you, I’m a mother and I take karate with my children!”

Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Brush.    


Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it's now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit others to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.   

This one is very pretty to me:


Today is:

Bicycle Race Day -- anniversary of what is supposed to have been the first bicycle race ever, at the Parc de Saint-Cloud, Paris, in 1868

Corpus Christi -- Catholic Christian

Dia de Castilla-La Mancha -- Castile-La Mancha, Spain

Doha Document for Peace in Darfur Commemoration -- Sudan

European Maritime Day -- European Council (this year's host for the conferences is Bulgas, Bulgaria, through tomorrow, with a lineup of activities for the general public at the Burgas Sea Festival)

Fardagar -- Traditional Icelandic Calendar (time when farm workers moved from one farm to another, the time to settle debts, and until the 20th-Century, the day to start the fiscal year; always the Thursday through Sunday of the 7th week of summer)

Feast of the Visitation of Mary -- Christianity (Mary's visit of her cousin Elizabeth, chronicled in Luke 1:39-56)

Friendship Festival -- Lathrop, Missouri, US (including the super hero look-alike contest; through Saturday)

Great American Brass Band Festival -- Danville, KY, US (this year's theme is Brass Greats of American Jazz; through Sunday)

"Make My Day" Day -- birth anniversary of Clint Eastwood

National Macaroon Day

Royal Brunei Malay Regiment Day / Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day -- Brunei

Save Your Hearing Day -- because once it is gone, you will regret it; on the anniversary of the concert by The Who which set a Guiness World Record for loudest rock concert in 1976

Speak in Complete Sentences Day -- be a good example!

St. Petronilla's Day (Patron of mountain travellers; against fever)

Take This Job and Shove It Day -- birth anniversary of Johnny Paycheck

This Day (again) -- Fairy Calendar

What You Think Upon Grows Day -- Stephanie West Allen wants you to remember the power of positive thinking

Birthdays Today:

Jonathan Tucker, 1982
Colin Farrell, 1976
Phil Keoghan, 1967
Brooke Shields, 1965
Lea Thompson, 1961
Chris Elliot, 1960
Roma Maffia, 1958
Kyle Secor, 1958
Gregory Harrison, 1950
Tom Berenger, 1950
John Bonham, 1948
Sharon Gless, 1943
Joe Namath, 1943
Johnny Paycheck, 1941
Terry Waite, 1939
Peter Yarrow, 1938
Clint Eastwood, 1930
Patricia Roberts Harris, 1924
Prince Rainier of Monaco, 1923
Denholm Elliott, 1922
Don Ameche, 1908
Norman Vincent Peale, 1898
Fred Allen, 1894
Walt Whitman, 1819

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Survivor"(TV), 2000
"Seinfeld"(TV), 1990
"Beatlemania"(Musical), 1977

Today in History:

Rameses II (The Great) becomes pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, BC1279
A devastating earthquake strikes Antioch, Turkey, killing 250,000, 526
Mongol armies of Genghis Khan led by Subutai defeat Kievan Rus and Cumans, 1223
Citing poor eyesight, Samuel Pepys records the last event in his diary, 1669
The Godiva procession through Coventry begins, 1678
The Province of Pennsylvania bans all theater productions, 1759
In Australia, Lawson, Blaxland and Wentworth, reached Mount Blaxland, effectively marking the end of a route across the Blue Mountains, 1813
In the Fenian Invasion of Canada, John O'Neill leads 850 Fenian raiders across the Niagara River at Buffalo, New York/Fort Erie, Ontario, as part of an effort to free Ireland from the United Kingdom. Canadian militia and British regulars repulse the invaders in over the next three days, 1866
Dr James Moore of the UK wins the first recorded bicycle race, a 2k velocipede race at Parc de St Cloud, Paris, 1868
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patents corn flakes, 1884
Arrival at Plymouth of Tawhiao, King of Maoris, to claim protection of Queen Victoria, 1884
Over 2,200 people die after a dam break sends a 60-foot (18-meter) wall of water over the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 1889
The Union of South Africa (predecessor of the Republic of South Africa) is created, 1910
The last Ford Model T rolls off the assembly line after a production run of 15,007,003 vehicles, 1927
A 7.1 magnitude Earthquake destroys Quetta in modern-day Pakistan, 1931
The Republic of South Africa is created, 1961
The Ancash earthquake causes a landslide  that buries the town of Yungay, Peru, 1970
In accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1968, observation of Memorial Day occurs on the last Monday in May for the first time, rather than on the traditional Memorial Day of May 30, 1971
The Muppet Movie, Jim Henson's Muppets' first foray into the world of feature length motion pictures, is released, 1979
The burning of Jaffna Library, Sri Lanka, is one of the violent examples of ethnic biblioclasm of the twentieth century, 1981
Forty-one tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, leaving 76 dead, 1985
Athena 98.4 FM, the first legal private radio station in Greece, starts broadcasting, 1987
Vanity Fair reveals that Mark Felt was Deep Throat, 2005
Asteroid 1998 QE2, an asteroid measuring nearly 1.7 miles across, and its moon, pass within 3.6 million miles of the earth, 2013


  1. The fowers are very pretty in front of that fencce. Have a great weekend.

  2. For all I'm a fussbudget about grammar, I will confess that complete sentences can be a challenge. I'll have to keep a keen eye on myself today!

  3. I don't know karate! The fence and flowers make a good picture!

  4. I'm a mother said it all. Love this. I love a happy ending.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

  5. Excellent! Hell hath no fury like a mother facing danger.

    And national macaroon day! Whoo hoo!

  6. Great story, everyone should know self-defense. That is a pretty fence.

  7. thanks for a nice fence. Love from Poland

  8. I'm so thankful I've not been in such a scary predicament or had to use those kind of skills. Your SSS is a great reminder of what one can do.
    The Great American Brass Band Day mention took me to youtube to listen. Macaroons were once a great favorite in our home.

  9. Don't mess with a mama bear who happens to know karate.

    Love the contrast of the fence with the paving stones. Very nice.

  10. Two words: "damn!"

    lol, no, really what a cool Six that totally draws us Readers in on the first sentence and lets us smile at the end.

  11. That's a great six sentence story! I love every sentence.

  12. Ouch! He didn't see that coming! Nice one. 360 years since Lady Godiva got her kit off in Coventry!

    Click to read my FriFic tale


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