Day 2 of the challenge!
My theme is NIFTY NUGGETS. Little nuggets of writing based on a photo, a phrase and an object, which is designed to encourage lean, tight writing. I’m aiming for a word count of under 300 words.
Thank you to L.Diane Wolfe for providing the beautiful photo prompts. You can visit her blog to check out more pictures.
PHRASE – burning the midnight oil
OBJECT – stethoscope
No son of mine is going to be a drop out.
What will the neighbours think?
Always do what your parents expect of you. Don’t ever let them down.
It’s a family tradition. You come from a line of doctors. Your grand-uncles and grandfather practised medicine.
Mother’s voice drones on. Her obsession fills his ears.
It becomes one with the endless grind of studies. A certificate. A degree. Burning the midnight oil chasing a dream that belongs to another, finally falling asleep exhausted, and slipping into a nightmare in which you’re the victim of a slow and painful torture, being choked to death by a stethoscope around your neck. Drenched in perspiration, you wake up.
It becomes too much. Time to make your own decision.
Mother goes into a state of pill-popping depression.
The vacancy at the events company for a hot air balloon tour guide is still available.
Bold designs colour the sky… splashes of stripes, diagonal and geometrics that blaze above and beat a sterile environment anyday. Up and away, they dot the atmosphere, promising freedom, to be what you want to be.
At home you are faced with the frail image of mother sleeping. You pick up the stethoscope, put it to your ears… hear the steady thump of your rebellious heart protesting… a heart ballooning in firm resolve.