Charli inspires me with the reflection on why she comes up with the prompts she chooses each week. They are often related to historical research she has undertaken in the process of preparing to write her story of Cob and the events that lead up to his death at the hands of Hickock at Rock Creek. I find this history fascinating as I often do other history that I come across.
One such history was the love affair between Sir Walter Raleigh and Bess Throckmorten. How did Queen Elizabeth feel as she placed Sir Walter and her lady-in-waiting, Bess, in the Tower? Was she jealous of the child Bess carried? But questions remain unanswered for me in regard to Bess as well. Why did she do what she did after Raleigh’s execution?
Pamela walked to the clothes line. The rut in the path caused the bag hanging off her waist to bang her hip with each lopsided step.
“You’ve got to stop doing it.”
“No. I don’t want to.”
“It’s not healthy.”
“No habit is healthy if you can’t stop doing it. I’m surprised the authorities let you do it in the first place.”
“Legal precedent. They had no choice. Bess Throckmorten did it. Twenty years she carried Sir Walter’s head. Carried it ’til the day she died.”
“That wasn’t the only rut Bess had. She was jailed for the other.”
Charli’s prompt October 29, 2014 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a rut. The rut can be a habit, a circuit or a furrow in a road. It can be what causes the crisis, tension or the need to change. And if your writing feels stuck in a rut, use the flash fiction to do something radical. Who knows what is lurking behind the doors of your imagination!
Respond by November 4 to be included in the weekly compilation.