I stood frozen in front of the flickering images on my TV.
I quickly squeezed my eyes shut, effectively blocking the image from my eyes, but not my brain.
I must be dreaming.
I opened my eyes …
The nightmare was still smoldering. I dropped to my sofa and stared. Tears began tickling the corners of my lids – I did not try to stop them.
“Do you know where Tom is?” my sister said. She looked at her cell phone. “I can’t get a hold of him.”
My sister didn’t hear the newscaster.
I knew where Tom was.
I looked back at the TV – the buildings continued to burn.
Write up to 100 words, fact or fiction….
This is a themed writing meme hosted by Jenny Matlock. The goal is to write something that does not exceed 100 words (not including said prompt). The prompt appears in bold.
9 thoughts on “Where’s Tom?”
I am assuming and hoping that this is fiction. If so, very well writtng. A gripping piece because we go inside of someone who has just lost someone and feel with her both disbelief and chock.
Goes right to the heart.
Anna’s SC-Remembering 9/11
so emotional. Really. This one hit me in the heart.
Amazing. I am reading these several days late and being astounded at the sense of community and memory I am feeling through the links and then…
You hit me right between the eyes with this.
What evocative writing.
Thank you for linking.
Echoing the other comments … hoping Tom was not a real person for you. Gives me the shivers … along with that photo.
Very well written but very sad.
Very realistic. I was pulled right in. I hope it wasn’t real, and I pray that Tom was not among the lost. Excellent use of the prompt and very good writing.~Ames
A harrowing piece Karen.
Powerful story… And I hope not a true one, for you at least. I’m sure it was a pretty accurate depiction for many families.
Too real…I shudder at your paragraph’s power.
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