Flash Fiction Friday – April 14, 2017 – Adventures with Harrison & Mason

Flash Fiction Friday

This week’s Flash Fiction Friday is a drabble (a precisely 100-word story scene) featuring my recurring characters, Harrison and Mason, and using the word left in last week’s post (penile), and an image I found on wiki commons (links with the picture, below).

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“Tossed Salad.”

Harrison turned his head and peered at Mason. The words had been muttered. The man lay on his stomach, his head to the side and eyes closed.

“Treasure trail.” Mason moved a little with the words. I mild kind of stretch one might make when half asleep.

Harrison nudged his husband. “You awake?”

“Wang.” The word was barely breathed.

“What?”

“Wank.”

Harrison snorted. “You’re a nut.”

Penile.”

“I’ll ‘penile’ you!” Harrison rolled and draped an arm across Mason’s back.”

One of Mason’s eyes cracked open as a grin spread across his face. “About time you figured it out.”

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Flash Fiction Friday Feb. 17, 2017 – Drabble – Adventures with Harrison & Mason

Flash Fiction Friday

I’m going with a drabble this week—a precisely 100-word scene. It’ll be based on the image below, as well as use the word I got in the comments from last week’s post: cookie.

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This week will be another installment in my Adventures with Harrison and Mason series.

“How is he not freezing his buns off out there?” Harrison peered out the window at Jaxon with his friends.

“They stay warm running around.” Mason approached and laid a hand on Harrison’s shoulder. When he saw the snowman the kids had built he burst out laughing.

“You didn’t give them that idea, then?”

“To build it upside down? No, but I like it. What’s that they’re using for buttons?”

“I brought out a tray of those cookies I baked. I guess they had extras.”

“Those were good.” Mason nuzzled Harrison’s neck. “Mm, but not nearly as tasty as you.”

Leave a prompt word in the comments, below, and I’ll use it in next week’s Flash Fiction Friday post. One word per commenter, please, up to 15 total.

Wednesday Words – Jan. 18, 2017 – Adventures with Harrison and Mason

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P.T. Wyant posts a weekly prompt for writers, and followers of the blog are encouraged to write a bit of flash fiction (approx. 500 words) using those words/ideas. Last Wednesday’s post gave the prompts: a snowman, a park bench, and an empty bottle.

I went with a drabble—a precisely 100 word scene—featuring my recurring characters, Harrison and Mason along with their son Jaxon. I also found a fun image to fit the words:

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This is my drabble using that prompt:

“He looks so sad,” Jaxon said. The snowman on the park bench sat with its head in its hands.

“I wonder why he’s so unhappy?” Mason asked.

“Maybe he’s lonely,” Harrison replied.

Mason squeezed Harrison’s hand then quirked an eyebrow at their son. “Jaxon?”

“I think he’s thirsty.” The boy placed his empty juice bottle between the snowman’s legs.

“Hmm,” Mason said. “Maybe we should recycle that for him.”

“Oops.” Jaxon handed it to Harrison, then squatted to pick up a piece of black cloth and draped it over the snowman’s leg. “Maybe he was sad ’cause he dropped this.”

Flash Fiction Friday – September 30, 2016

Flash Fiction Friday

Flash Fiction: There isn’t a standard specific definition for this term beyond “extremely short”, but for the purposes of my “Flash Fiction Friday” posts it will mean a precisely 100-word story scene (aka “Drabble”) written from a photo prompt.

Today’s prompt picture is:

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Disclaimer: The images used in this blog’s posts are found from different sources all over the Internet, are assumed to be in public domain, and are displayed under the fair use principle. Click the image to be taken to my source for today’s photo prompt.

 

This drabble is another addition to my Adventures with Harrison and Mason collection.

“It’s beautiful!” Mason gushed. It was a beautiful gesture, even if the cake didn’t…quite look like the ones on Pinterest.

Jaxon bounced, and his ear-to-ear smile lit the room. “Daddy helped, but I did most of it.”

Harrison kissed Mason. “Happy Birthday.”

“We baked and baked all day,” Jaxon said. “It was so much fun. Maybe I’ll be a baker when I grow up.”

Mason leaned down and lifted Jaxon in his arms. His gaze landed on the colossal pile of dishes in the sink.

“I love you,” Mason whispered into Jaxon’s ear, but he smiled into his husband’s eyes.

Flash Fiction Friday – September 23, 2016

Flash Fiction Friday

Flash Fiction: There isn’t a standard specific definition for this term beyond “extremely short”, but for the purposes of my “Flash Fiction Friday” posts it will mean a precisely 100-word story scene (aka “Drabble”) written from a photo prompt.

Today’s prompt picture is:

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Disclaimer: The images used in this blog’s posts are found from different sources all over the Internet, are assumed to be in public domain, and are displayed under the fair use principle. Click the image to be taken to my source for today’s photo prompt.
This image found on Cryselle’s Bookshelf: http://www.crysellesbookshelf.com/2016/06/a-picture-is-worth_30.html

This drabble is another addition to my Adventures with Harrison and Mason collection.

“I miss Jaxon already.” Harrison’s voice was muffled by the book covering his face.

Mason squeezed his hand. “He’s having a great time with Gramps, though.”

“Yeah, I know.”

Mason’s arm shifted, drawing Harrison’s attention to the rainbow beaded bracelet Jaxon had made.

So you won’t forget me, Daddy, Jaxon had said with a mischievous glint in his eye. He was a chip off the old block. Mason block.

“I’m looking forward to his stories about what he’s getting up to this week,” Harrison said.

“Eh, he’ll be too distracted by your wacky tan lines to think of anything else.”

 

Flash Fiction Friday – July 15, 2016

Flash Fiction Friday

Flash Fiction: There isn’t a standard specific definition for this term beyond “extremely short”, but for the purposes of my “Flash Fiction Friday” posts it will mean a precisely 100-word story scene (aka “Drabble”) written from a photo prompt.

Today’s prompt picture is:

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Disclaimer: The images used in this blog’s posts are found from different sources all over the Internet, and are assumed to be in public domain and are displayed under the fair use principle. Click the image to be taken to my source for today’s photo prompt.

This is a special Adventures with Harrison and Mason short scene, flashing back to the duo’s very first meeting.

The doorbell rang as Harrison made his way to the front door with an eye toward escaping the excruciatingly dull party, so he answered the door. The eyes on the breathtakingly beautiful man standing there lit up when he saw Harrison.

He stepped inside, grinned, and reached for Harrison’s tie. He pulled Harrison close and said, “My name is Mason, and I no longer have any idea why I was dreading this fucking party.”

Mason pulled Harrison close and kissed him just above his right eyebrow. Maybe Harrison didn’t need to be in such a hurry to leave after all.

 

Flash Fiction Friday – July 8, 2016

Flash Fiction Friday

Flash Fiction: There isn’t a standard specific definition for this term beyond “extremely short”, but for the purposes of my “Flash Fiction Friday” posts it will mean a precisely 100-word story scene (aka “Drabble”) written from a photo prompt.

Today’s prompt picture is:

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Disclaimer: The images used in this blog’s posts are found from different sources all over the Internet, and are assumed to be in public domain and are displayed under the fair use principle. Click the image to be taken to my source for today’s photo prompt.

This is another Adventures with Harrison and Mason short scene.

“Think we should follow it, Jaxon?” Mason asked. “I’ll bet they’re on their way to feed King Kong.”

Jaxon perked up in the backseat. “How did they get such a big banana?”

“Imagine how tall the tree must be,” Harrison said. He loved the way Mason stoked Jaxon’s imagination, but try as he might, he was no match for his husband in that department.

“No,” Mason said. “On second thought, I think it’s a normal sized tree.”

“Huh?” Jaxon said, mirroring Harrison’s thoughts.

“Something happened last night. Everything in the world shrunk except that banana.”

Jaxon laughed. “An evil wizard!”

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Flash Fiction Friday – July 1, 2016

Flash Fiction Friday

Flash Fiction: There isn’t a standard specific definition for this term beyond “extremely short”, but for the purposes of my “Flash Fiction Friday” posts it will mean a precisely 100-word story scene (aka “Drabble”) written from a photo prompt.

Today’s prompt picture is:

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Disclaimer: The images used in this blog’s posts are found from different sources all over the Internet, and are assumed to be in public domain and are displayed under the fair use principle. Click the image to be taken to my source for today’s photo prompt.

This is another Adventures with Harrison and Mason short scene.

Mason placed a hand on Harrison’s head and eased the two of them a bit to the side in the shower stall so the hot water from the new rain-showerhead wouldn’t cascade directly over their faces. The recent plumbing upgrade had been Harrison’s Father’s Day gift to Mason.

When the kiss broke, Mason groaned and reached for his husband.

“Shhh.” Harrison’s shush was accompanied by a giggle. “Don’t wake Jaxon.”

“Don’t worry,” Mason whispered. “Just checked. He’s out cold.”

Harrison grinned and reached for the shower gel. He waggled his eyebrows and started soaping Mason’s chest.

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Flash Fiction Friday – June 24, 2016

Flash Fiction Friday

Flash Fiction: There isn’t a standard specific definition for this term beyond “extremely short”, but for the purposes of my “Flash Fiction Friday” posts it will mean a precisely 100-word story scene (aka “Drabble”) written from a photo prompt.

Today’s prompt picture is:

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Disclaimer: The images used in this blog’s posts are found from different sources all over the Internet, and are assumed to be in public domain and are displayed under the fair use principle. Click the image to be taken to my source for today’s photo prompt.

This is another Adventures with Harrison and Mason short scene.

“Daddy, how do you think it got up there?” Jaxon asked.

Harrison cocked his head to the side. “Maybe someone parked in the field and two trees grew up around it?”

Jaxon rolled his eyes. “Pop, what’s your idea?”

Mason grinned. “I think someone set up a catapult and launched the truck, and it landed right there in the trees.”

Jaxon nodded his approval. “Wanna know what I think?”

“Absolutely,” Harrison replied. “See if you can out-silly Pop.”

Jaxon’s smirk looked a lot like Mason’s. “Maybe the giant who left those footprints a couple weeks ago lifted it up there.”

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Flash Fiction Friday – June 17, 2016

Flash Fiction Friday

Flash Fiction: There isn’t a standard specific definition for this term beyond “extremely short”, but for the purposes of my “Flash Fiction Friday” posts it will mean a precisely 100-word story scene (aka “Drabble”) written from a photo prompt.

Today’s prompt picture is:

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Disclaimer: The images used in this blog’s posts are found from different sources all over the Internet, and are assumed to be in public domain and are displayed under the fair use principle. Click the image to be taken to my source for today’s photo prompt.

This is another Adventures with Harrison and Mason short scene.

Harrison sat straight up in bed, gasping for breath.

Mason blinked open his eyes and placed what he hoped was a comforting hand on his husband’s thigh. “It’s been a while since you had one of your nightmares. You okay?”

“Not a nightmare.”

“No?”

“No. Dreamed about you, spread out on a red checkered picnic blanket, naked. You were luring me over with some grapes.”

Mason smirked. “I’m pretty darned insulted that your dream-self needed grapes to be lured over.”

Harrison winked and leaned over to kiss Mason. “Didn’t say they were needed, only that you thought they were.”

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Flash Fiction Friday #11

Flash Fiction Friday

Flash Fiction: There isn’t a standard specific definition for this term beyond “extremely short”, but for the purposes of my “Flash Fiction Friday” posts it will mean a precisely 100-word story scene (aka “Drabble”) written from a photo prompt.

Today’s prompt picture is:

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Disclaimer: The images used in this blog’s posts are found from different sources all over the Internet, and are assumed to be in public domain and are displayed under the fair use principle. Click the image to be taken to my source for today’s photo prompt.

I’m going to go with another Adventures with Harrison and Mason vignette for this image. They’re just so much fun to write!

“Pop did it,” Jaxon declared. “Didn’t he?”

Harrison raised an eyebrow in Mason’s direction. “How’d you do this without leaving your own footprints in the sand around them?”

Mason opened his eyes wide and brought a hand up to his chest. “Moi? What makes you think I did it?”

The proud grin Mason wore belied the faux innocence of his words and actions.

“How tall do you think it is, Daddy? If Pop didn’t do it, it much be a giant, right?”

“Probably way up to the clouds!” Harrison crouched and scanned the horizon. “Where do you suppose it’s hiding?”

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Flash Fiction Friday #10

Flash Fiction Friday

Flash Fiction: There isn’t a standard specific definition for this term beyond “extremely short”, but for the purposes of my “Flash Fiction Friday” posts it will mean a precisely 100-word story scene written from a photo prompt.

Today’s prompt picture is:

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Disclaimer: The images used in this blog’s posts are found from different sources all over the Internet, and are assumed to be in public domain and are displayed under the fair use principle. Click the image to be taken to my source for today’s photo prompt.

This is related to my Adventures with Harrison and Mason vignettes in that it features their curious little boy, Jaxon. This bit of flash is from Jaxon’s POV, sharing the scene with Mason’s grandfather.

“Look, Gramps,” Jaxon said, “you can see the scratch marks on that tree.”

“But what makes you think it’s one of those dinosaurs… albertowhatchacallits?”

“Albertadromeus. Pop said that’s what it might be. Don’t worry, though… they’re small plant-eaters.”

Gramps laughed. “Oh, I wasn’t worried. And I’m not surprised at your source.”

“Pop knows a lot about dinosaurs.”

“Yes, I remember when Mason was your age. He dug holes in my backyard every time his mom and dad brought him to visit. Said he was digging for fossils.”

“Yeah. Daddy says the scratches are probably from a dog, but that’s boring.”

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Flash Fiction Friday #09

Flash Fiction Friday

Flash Fiction: There isn’t a standard specific definition for this term beyond “extremely short”, but for the purposes of my “Flash Fiction Friday” posts it will mean a precisely 100-word story scene written from a photo prompt.

Today’s prompt picture is:

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Disclaimer: The images used in this blog’s posts are found from different sources all over the Internet, and are assumed to be in public domain and are displayed under the fair use principle. Click the image to be taken to my source for today’s photo prompt.

Here’s another installment for Adventures with Harrison and Mason (Click the corresponding category for more of their stories).

Scritch, scritch, scritch. The muted and unsettling noise came from behind Harrison and sent a shiver down his spine. Mason leaned to the side to look around his husband.

“I’m afraid to ask,” Harrison said.

Mason grinned. “I have no idea what Jaxon is doing.”

Harrison turned around and saw a fork being manipulated underneath the door by a small set of fingers.

“What are you doing?” Harrison asked.

“I’m going to catch a mouse,” was Jaxon’s muffled reply.

Harrison would have asked why, but Mason spoke first.

“What are you going to do with it when you catch it?”

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Flash Fiction Friday #08

Flash Fiction Friday

Flash Fiction: There isn’t a standard specific definition for this term beyond “extremely short”, but for the purposes of my “Flash Fiction Friday” posts it will mean a precisely 100-word story scene written from a photo prompt.

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This week got my photo inspiration image from the good folks at Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. FFfAW is a weekly blog hop, and you can check out the other posts for the week of 5/17-5/23/2016 by clicking on the blue froggy button.

Today’s prompt picture is:

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Disclaimer: The images used in this blog’s posts are found from different sources all over the Internet, and are assumed to be in public domain and are displayed under the fair use principle. Click the image to be taken to my source for today’s photo prompt. This week’s image at FFfAW was provided by Yinglan.

This image worked well for another installment in Adventures with Harrison and Mason (Click the corresponding category for more of their stories).

“Hey, Harrison. Do you suppose they’re taking that dinosaur to Jurassic World?” Mason asked.

Harrison did a double take at the uHaul trailer and rolled his eyes. Jaxon, the true target of Mason’s comment perked up in the backseat.

“There’s a dinosaur in there?” Jaxon’s narrowed eyes turned toward Harrison. “Daddy, is Pop making that up?”

Mason cast a glance at Harrison, silently imploring his husband to play along.

Harrison grimaced. “Uh, what do you think, Jaxon?”

“Well, we can pretend, anyway,” Jaxon replied. “So, do you think Owen caught it himself, Daddy?”

Harrison grinned. “I’ll bet he probably did.”

Flash Fiction Friday #07

Flash Fiction Friday

Flash Fiction: There isn’t a standard specific definition for this term beyond “extremely short”, but for the purposes of my “Flash Fiction Friday” posts it will mean a precisely 100-word story scene written from a photo prompt.

Today’s prompt picture is:

Disclaimer: The images used in this blog’s posts are found from different sources all over the Internet, and are assumed to be in public domain and are displayed under the fair use principle. Click the image to be taken to my source for today’s photo prompt.

I thought this image would work well for another installment in Adventures with Harrison and Mason (Click the corresponding category for more of their stories).

“Look, Jaxon,” Mason said. “This is another opening into Narnia, but just like Arthur had to pull out Uther’s sword to become King, you have to be able to open the zipper to enter Narnia.”

The two-year-old’s eyes widened. “Really, Pop?”

“Try it,” Mason replied.

Jaxon ran to the zipper’s slider and strained, trying to lift the concrete.

Harrison whispered, “Do you think it’s a good idea, putting such fantasies in his head?”

Mason quirked an eyebrow. “Says the guy who told him about Santa Claus, then added that the old elf drives a four-wheeler in places where it’s warm.”

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