Write about a character who discovers something while raking leaves in their neighborhood.
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“Glitter and Magenta ” by Neha A
Leaves covered the ground like a patchwork blanket of… leaves. I gave up on finding a metaphor for the myriad of fall colors and just kept on raking. The leaf blower would have been more helpful, but after last nights storm, the power was still out and I hadn’t charged it so, I had a rake. Rake rake rake the daaay awayyy. None of mental jingles were landing either. I’d finished most of the front yard, but when I went to ...
“Protecting Merchent Mansion” by Patricia Merewether
I've inhabited this house for nearly two hundred years and watched generations of my family take their first breath and their last. I know their secrets. My name is Thomas Merchant, I was the previous corporeal Merchant, and I remain here to protect this house forever. I wasn't even dead when the first realtor knocked on our door and shoved papers and a business card at me before even saying hello. I tol...
“Lending a Hand” by Sarah Goodner
It was nearing December. Most of the leaves that were going to fall off the trees already had, so I was raking the vacant lot next door to us. We’d lived in our house for fourteen years, and I’d never met the owner. Our subdivision had once been forest, so with the amount of trees, the grass never grew tall enough to necessitate mowing. Fall was a bitch, however, and all the leaves that fell from the multitude of Oaks ne...
“Whilst Gathering the Fallen” by 𝔊𝔲𝔞𝔡𝔞𝔩𝔲𝔭𝔢 𝔗𝔢𝔩𝔠𝔬𝔫𝔱𝔞𝔯
Content Warning: Mentions of shooting living things with BB guns The neighbors just can’t stand leaves on their lawn. Even though they’re both advanced in years, if we don’t rake up the leaves and do something with them, fast, Mr. McGregor and his wife will both be outside, picking up the fallen foliage and stuffing it into plastic trash bags. Annoyed as I may be, I don't want to let them do that.I wish we didn't have to rake. Why can't they just leave the l...
“No Good Deed” by Linz Munro
The last of the autumn leaves floated down to join the multi-coloured pile that had gathered against her wall.Moments later the kids at Number 21, a girl of five dressed in a red coat, long blonde hair flying behind her, and her four year old brother, in green, ran through the leaves on their way to school.Janice sipped her sweet, black coffee as she sat and watched the family’s p...
“It's as Simple as That” by Ramel Kersey
I’ve only made one promise in my entire life. As time seamlessly goes by, the day and night losing their separation, dates evoking no emergency within me, and life slowly becoming devoid of any true meaning, I continue on because for some reason my soul feels obligated to uphold this promise. Pride doesn’t dictate how I operate and shame puts no fear in my heart. So why I’m inclined to remain true to my word is beyond m...
“The Secret Garden” by Chirag Gandhi
As the autumn leaves began to fall and cover the ground, Claire knew it was time for her annual ritual: raking the leaves in her neighborhood. She loved the crisp, cool air and the satisfying crunch of the leaves beneath her feet as she worked. It was a peaceful and meditative task, and it allowed her to clear her mind and focus on the present moment. Claire had lived in her neighborhood for almost twenty...
“Leaf It To Herb” by Murray Burns
Leaf It To HerbDeath/Dark Humor Henpecked (Hĕn’-pĕct): Dominated or harassed (usually a man by a woman) with persistent nagging; Herb.It is sometimes difficult to ascertain with any degree of accuracy the exact moment when a man loses it, succumbs to the inner evil that lurks within, and crosses over to the dark side. Is there a point where a single drop of water can sink a ship, one more degree of temperature causes the pot to boil over, or on...
“Nothing” by Henry Ramos Acosta
I feel nothing. I don't believe there is anyone who is experiencing something who can accurately describe what that is as to give those who do not have it access to that thing. What does it mean to feel that which is objective, but cannot be accessed through the subjective? What are us who do not have this feeling to do with such inadequate instructions on how to obtain it. When people say they feel peace, they usually ...
“Lost Truth” by Shemar Edwards
My husband was a deadbeat. Not by choice but a series of unfortunate events. He grew up an orphan and bounced around home to home and eventually the streets. He’d gotten severely injured working for a construction group as a teen, long before we had met. From the same site he developed multiple respiratory afflictions that followed him all his days. His rags were unsightly as he pumped my gas on a fall evening. So, I ga...
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