Perspective


I held up my camera, waiting for the right moment.  The swing moved gently, as if it were occupied by a ghost.  Black vinyl and rusted chain.  Perfect shot in black and white.

* * *

Her swing was empty.  “Olive?”  I turned.  Checked the slide and the sandbox and the jungle gym.  “Olive!”  I ran back to the swing.  I saw a woman.  I heard the shutter snap.

* * *

“Fantastic shot.  The terror is palatable.  Mother should have her kid taken away; losing a kid in a tire swing.  I’ll print it tonight.”

Ellen took the picture back.  “No.  I’m destroying it.”


This was written in response to this week's Trifecta Writing Challenge in which we were to write 3 points of view in 33 words each.  
                                                                                                                                                                         

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Writing in the Margins, Bursting at the Seams: Perspective

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Perspective


I held up my camera, waiting for the right moment.  The swing moved gently, as if it were occupied by a ghost.  Black vinyl and rusted chain.  Perfect shot in black and white.

* * *

Her swing was empty.  “Olive?”  I turned.  Checked the slide and the sandbox and the jungle gym.  “Olive!”  I ran back to the swing.  I saw a woman.  I heard the shutter snap.

* * *

“Fantastic shot.  The terror is palatable.  Mother should have her kid taken away; losing a kid in a tire swing.  I’ll print it tonight.”

Ellen took the picture back.  “No.  I’m destroying it.”


This was written in response to this week's Trifecta Writing Challenge in which we were to write 3 points of view in 33 words each.  
                                                                                                                                                                         

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7 Comments:

At April 28, 2012 at 5:54 PM , Anonymous barbara said...

paparazzi with a heart? Intriguing

 
At April 29, 2012 at 12:24 AM , Anonymous Olddognewtits said...

Certainly not something you see every day.

 
At April 29, 2012 at 1:22 AM , Anonymous Trifectawritingchallenge said...

Interesting take on the prompt. I wonder if Ellen is a mother too.
Thanks for participating. Please come back for the weekday challenge.

 
At April 29, 2012 at 11:40 AM , Anonymous Tara R. said...

A very unique take on this prompt, such a wide range of feelings and reactions. Very well done.

 
At April 29, 2012 at 4:36 PM , Anonymous Rachael said...

Great entry this week, I lost one of my kids inside my house once and after the relief washed away the terror I was very embarrassed, so I'm glad Ellen didn't let the editor run the photo.

 
At April 29, 2012 at 5:36 PM , Anonymous Jesterqueen said...

Awesome that the photographer wants to destroy it. Ellen just wants a picture of a tire swing.

 
At April 30, 2012 at 7:09 PM , Anonymous Karen said...

Haven't we all had a moment like that, with a wandering child?! Heck, mine was just behind a piece of play equipment today and my heart skipped a beat.

Very neat, the characters who's voices you chose to create ...

 

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