Thursday, September 20, 2012

Photo Prompt 20: The First Snowfall

Thanks to  Delores @thefeatherednest
                                                                                                                               

Two close friends were walking through the park when one of them was overcome by hot flashes.  After taking a few swigs from the water bottle Ashley still didn't seem to cool off, so Morgan tried to come up with another plan.

Morgan thought it would be a good idea to try hypnosis. They found a nice quiet bench in the shade. Though it was a warm summer day, Morgan told Ashley to imagine a blustery winter scene. Ashley laughed until the calm steady voice made it impossible to stay awake.

Images of snow gently falling on the path were going through Ashley's mind. They were running and playing in the snow like children, until fresh footsteps were discovered on a nearby path. This didn't make sense as they had the whole park to themselves. Morgan noticed that Ashley was clinging on tightly while continuing to doze.

Suddenly, the path was transformed into a ski slope, and Ashley was heading straight down at a maddening pace. It didn't help that this was Ashley's first time on skis; scantily clad in running shorts and a tank top. Morgan yelled to stop, as a large bear with small feet was waiting at the end of the trail.

After much prodding and shaking, Ashley finally woke up. Morgan felt the claw marks as he gently unlatched Ashley from his arm. Though it was warm and humid, Ashley had an overwhelming desire for a hot chocolate. Morgan was feeling quite proud of himself when he spotted Avery and Mel.

Avery was Ashley's twin sister who was out walking her dog Mel. The couple told Avery about how the power of hypnosis helped Ashley fight off hot flashes. Avery said that she never should have told Ashley about her hot flashes in the first place. She went on to say that ever since they were kids, when one of them would even so much as sneeze, the other would be sick for days. 

Since Avery knew that her twin felt everything that she did so deeply, she was very careful about sharing news of even the slightest discomfort. Though she had to laugh when she mistakenly thought that it was safe to complain about her hot flashes. After all, Ashley was her twin brother.


 

30 comments:

  1. Very interesting story. Hot flashes to skiing into the arms of a bear.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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  2. Sounds like something out of the twilight zone...cool.

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  3. Shelly - This is what happens when you write in the middle of the night. Thanks Shelly!

    Delores - Thanks for hosting these fun Photo Prompts Delores! I'm sure you'll be storing up lots of great photos for next spring!

    Thanks Libby!

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  4. HA! You got me again! I did NOT see that one coming. Good one.

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  5. Good play at the end. I think all men should have to experience at least one hot flash in their lives...especially on a hot day. :))

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  6. An excellent write and most enjoyable to read.
    Hope you had plenty of hot chocolate at the ready.

    Yvonne.

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  7. I wish you would of thought of this on our walk!

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  8. Thanks Susan, and I loved your poetry about the footprints!

    L.G. - Great idea, and they probably couldn't handle more than one episode!

    Yvonne - As a matter of fact, I just stocked up on hot chocolate! Thanks Yvonne!

    Julie

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  9. I love the ending, once again I never saw it coming. And I agree with LG, men should definitely have to experience at least one hot flash.

    Great story, Julie!

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  10. Thanks Susanne!

    Julie - I also loved her comment! Maybe we all need to cool off in Alaska with Polar Night! Thanks Julie

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  11. You have a gift for coming up with surprise endings. :)

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  12. You're always so good at those surprise endings. I never would've predicted that one. Kudos to you, Julie.

    Darn hot flashes. I get them a lot. I'm not sure if it's the heat or all the hot chocolate I drink. I certainly can't be menopausal yet. ?! I

    xoRobyn

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  13. Thanks Tonja! I enjoy coming up with surprise endings, but I know that I still have a lot to learn.

    Robyn - It must be the hot chocolate. Some women start early, while others seldom suffer from hot flashes. In the meantime, you may have to switch to Frappuccinos or milkshakes! Thanks Robyn!

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  14. haha i love it--ashley used to be a boy's name huh :)

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  15. I really enjoyed reading this. Especially the end.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  16. Lynn - I think it still is, although it's not very common. Remember Ashley Wilkes from Gone With The Wind? Thanks Lynn!

    Thanks Lee!

    Nice to see you again Gina, and thank you!
    Julie

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  17. I didn't know where you were going with this--you surprised me. Poor Ashley. Clever job.

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  18. Clever twist at the end, Julie.
    Ha! Men experience at least ONE hot flush? They are such babies... LOL

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  19. What a clever way to tell a story. And such a clever use of androgynous names. Next tell a story about people named Robin, Kim, or Dana.

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  20. Thanks Susan!

    Michelle - It's funny how many strong men do sweat the small stuff! Thanks Michelle!

    Al - Those are all great names Al! And to think that they all came out of your little black book!
    Julie

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  21. Great story. I had to stop and think about the ending. It was worth it.

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  22. hahaha never saw that coming, if he gets the hot flashes too, something is clearly off.

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  23. haha! Love that ending :)

    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  24. Pat - A case of strong sympathy pains! Thanks Pat!

    Thanks Nutschell!

    Julie

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