#8Sunday WEEKEND WRITING WARRIORS JUL. 6/14

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Continuing this week with “The Visitation”; a short story based on actual events from the summer of 1971.   Thanks to the excellent advice given so far, there will be a re-write in future.

Previous instalment HERE.

On closer inspection, she realized the hair was a wig. Yes, it was black, but a different style.  She barely recognized his face and noticed the heavy makeup.  Feeling sick and trying not to faint, she leaned in a little closer, then recoiled in horror! Part of his nose was missing, the side facing the mourners propped up by toothpicks.  She stifled a scream and embraced her friend.  “Get me out of here!”

That spectre haunted her for years.

There’s only three sentences left, so I’ll just wrap it up here and go on to something else next time:
“She refused to attend any more visitations, until decades later when a close friend passed away.  His was a peaceful death and there was nothing to fear,  yet that feeling of horror returned.  Visions of that broken face from long ago swam before her eyes and the tears wouldn’t stop.”

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Debbie

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Debbie

The “Doglady”. Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada. Writer/blogger, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature & cinema buff. Eternal hippie/rockchick. Bi-national, German/Canadian and multilingual. Currently working on a memoir of the dogs she has known during her years as a pet sitter, along with other memoirs and creative writing pieces.

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16 Responses to #8Sunday WEEKEND WRITING WARRIORS JUL. 6/14

  1. Yikes! I loved your snippet. It was creepy (in a good way). I’ve been to plenty of funerals, but never that up close and personal. It’s got me thinking how the process really works! I could picture everything your character saw, and the exclamation point was a nice touch for showing the character was losing the calm demeanor.

    Keep smiling,
    Yawatta
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  2. Either a closed casket or more care in reconstructing the nose!
    Sue Ann Bowling recently posted…Weekend Writing Warriors: Rescue OperationMy Profile

  3. Oh, dear, what an awful experience. Maybe a closed casket would have been better. It’s doubly bad if this was her first experience with death.
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  4. Pretty intense moment. No doubt, traumatizing.

    BTW, I think you commented on last week’s post…if you want to read what happened next, you may have to return ; )
    Millie Burns recently posted…Wewriwa – No, you’re gonna eat me!My Profile

  5. Ugh, yeah, that would haunt me too!!
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  6. You are such a joyful giving woman so of course you’ve suffered traumas. Thanks for letting us in to share what’s in your heart. Beautifully written eight.
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  7. Oh wow. Such trauma… I can see how it took decades for the fear of visitations to go away. I think you’ve show the horror of the moment, Debbie. I hope this was cathartic…

    Thanks for sharing. <3
    Teresa Cypher recently posted…Weekend Writing Warriors July 6, 2014My Profile

  8. Wow. That would be a creepy vision.

    When I teach writing, I always tell my students, “Treat exclamation points like money and spend them wisely.” Choose the sentence that needs to stand out the most and give it the only exclamation point in the passage because too many exclamation points will undo the meaning!

    What sort of style was the wig? Explain it and give us a strong description. Every reader should see the same image. If not, your description is not specific enough. What specifically about the make up made the face unrecognizable?

    The part missing from the nose is a great detail.

    Instead of telling us she felt sick, show us. What do you feel like when you are sick? Instead of saying she tried not to faint, describe the room spinning or gray dots floating in front of her eyes.

    This is a fabulous twist at the end, and I can see why she wouldn’t want to attend a visitation again.
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