Greg and his father stood on the porch, the elder’s forearms and the child’s chin sharing space next to each other on the wooden railing. Greg had to stand on his tip toes and stretch his neck to get his chin over the beam. His little fingers clamped on to balance him in place.
Their eyes spanned the distance from front yard to the hazy horizon and back again. The damp grass, the cold concrete, and the packed soil perfumed the air unpolluted by the normal scents of day. Dawn danced on their exposed flesh, a waltz of shivers and chills as the temperature dropped in preparation for the sun. Greg licked his lips. He could taste the day that was about to begin.
But, there was something off about the whole process. He looked up to his father, his brows furrowed in thoughtful concern, “It’s the wrong tone.”
Greg’s dad looked down at him with a smile and a small chuckle, “Don’t worry, it will come around.”
Unconvinced, the child returned his attention to experiencing the sunrise. Everything felt right, as it all had moments before, except the sound was still off. Something was missing. He frowned in his father’s direction and opened his mouth to restate his worries, but, then, a bird from one of the nearby oaks lent her voice to the air.
It quivered and hung, trilled and dropped, rose triumphantly and then seemed to be faltering when another bird joined in. And then another. And then another.
Greg, listening, smiled. The taste was perfect. The smell was perfect. The touch was perfect. The sight was perfect. And, now, the sound was perfect too. The world was ready for the sun to rise again.
I had to use the characters from last week’s Inspiration Monday writing challenge again for this week’s. The prompt that jumped out at me required that I return to them. Don’t you agree?
There are none. Read the prompts, get inspired, write something. No word count minimum or maximum. You don’t have to include the exact prompt in your piece, and you can interpret the prompt(s) any way you like.
No really; I need rules!
Okay; write 200-500 words on the prompt of your choice. You may either use the prompt as the title of your piece or work it into the body of your piece. You must complete it before 6 pm CST on the Monday following this post.
A DAY LATE
BARKER AND BITER
THE WRONG TONE