A Silent Celebration
On New Year’s eve, as midnight struck, I chanced to look out my window. There in the pale moonlight I saw something moving in the meadow. Stealthily I opened the door to see if I could get a better look. Making my way across the lawn I stopped silently watching. It was a deer! From the woods another came, and then another, and still another. I watched for some time as they grazed with ears pricked and muscles tensed. After a bit they seemed to relax there in the moon’s glow. While I, having become too cold, stole back inside and to bed.
Please note that the above piece is fiction. 😉
It was written for the 1oo WCFGU ~ The prompt: “as midnight struck”
The vignette came about because my neighbor across the street is a bow hunter and has a big plastic deer target (looks like a statue) on his property. Once on a moonlit night I saw it there, and mused about how real it looked. When this prompt came up I remembered how real it looked on his lawn in the moonlight and ran with it. I am flattered that so many of you thought the incident was real. Thank you!
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You are very lucky Lynda, he will probably come back in a new silent night..
I think I may have fooled you, Chatou11. This was a writing prompt! I will take this as a compliment if I was able to convince you that it really happened. 😀
You are a great writer! 🙂 Did this actually happen?
No, not exactly… my neighbor across the street is a hunter and he has a big plastic deer target (looks like a statue) on his property. Once on a moonlit night I saw it there, and when this prompt came I remembered it. 😉
Oh, either way very poetic! I like writing like that 🙂
Thank you so much!
Do you have a name I can call you by, or do you prefer to be anonymous?
I know Kirby takes over my blog, so many people don’t even know my name, its Lea 🙂 And if you forget its in my about section (so many people on here!)I had followed you before awhile back but unfollowed you somehow so glad I found you again.
Glad to know you, Lea, and welcome back! 😀
It’s not easy to evoke an entire emotive experience in 100 words and you did it beautifully. Bravo, Lynda!
Thank you, Cindy. I have just begun these exercises in the 100 word challenges. So far there are: The Littlest Virtuoso, Absent Minded, an untitled one about Christmas Lights, and this one… But my favorite is a short fiction piece called “Silent Witness” that I wrote from experience, and from a photo I took on going back to a place I had seen from the highway.
I am having a BLAST, and I hope the fire keeps burning brighter with all these little writing challenges.
So glad you came to visit today!
Well, perhaps art (and life) might follow your fiction!
That is a loaded concept. I love it, Annie, thank you!
Well, now! Is that fair to write fiction and not even fore warn y0ur readers? 🙂 Anyhow- nice beginning for a short story or was that it? And no completion to tell us you saw two of them being killed by your neighbor down the road who was poaching with a spot light?
Perhaps not, Yvonne… I have amended the post to point out that fact. 😉 It is a 100 word work for the “100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week#71.” We are given prompts to write on and then have to keep them within that limit. Some are allowed to go over when we have the prompt’s wording included within the passage. Now, for the future I will remember to put a little warning at the end saying when it is fiction. LOL!
Lynda, I was just joking with you about being warned that you had written fiction. Honestly I thought, “dang, she is good,”
It’s OK, Yvonne. I did this because so many of you were commenting like it really happened, and I felt as though I were cheating all of you. Truth to tell, I could have named the character or just went into the 3rd person and that would have made the point that it was not me.
All points I need to consider when writing. I’ll learn. 😀
What a sweet visit. I often find an opossum around that time cleaning up any birdseed left on the ground.
Got you too, huh? 😉 I only wish that it really happened. I have added a disclaimer this morning because I have fooled several of my friends with this passage.
Patti, I love it when natures critter’s do come to call! I haven’t seen an opossum in quite some time.
Would that the deer were real!
Julie, please read the new notice above. Sorry. 😉
Our deer was bolder on New Year’s Eve. We heard a sound outside our bedroom window, so we opened the blinds. A deer confidently gnawed on the bark of a big aspen near our window. He saw us see him and didn’t blink. We live at the edge of the Garden of the Gods, where animals are protected, and this guy happily continued his late night snack.
Got you too, Marylin? I am sorry, and I have added a little disclaimer to this passage describing where my idea came from.
We do have real deer that pass through, and I did see one bound over the fence to get to my neighbors garden this past summer. However, it is rare to see them out in the open, and when we do they are always in a hurry!
Actually, art and life can follow fiction – and poetry, for all that. My new post is about the 100 word challenge that gave me the title for my blog – and its tagline!
This is wonderful. I was convinced it was a real experience. Good for you! Based in reality,yes – embroidered a bit, perhaps. But lovely, and obviously fun for you. That counts!
How funny to find you here when I am writing a notice to tell my readers that it is in fact fiction (many readers don’t read the comments like you and I do). 😀 I am very glad that you liked it, Linda. So are you referring to this 100 word challenge, or some other 100 WC? How fun! Now I’m off to read your latest post!
PS: BTW, I have always wondered where your moniker came from.
Well you do write convincingly!
Thank you, Julie. I tried very hard! 🙂
Thanks Lynda to have confirmed this lovely cat was a tortoiseshell..
I wirte your writing very much Lynda
This is just beautiful, Lynda – it seems so real!
Dianne, I honestly would have had my doubts (yes I am a bit insecure) if it were not for all the people who took it for real. Now if I can only pour some of this realism into the pages of my book! Time for the researching to stop and the writing to begin in earnest!!! 😉
Fun story, we have deer and when they run across the street it sounds like reindeer on the rooftop. 😉
Ooooh, I think I would love to hear that!
You had me fooled too… I thought it was real. But then, could I possibly have “deer on the brain”?? Yes, I believe I do! Nice post Lynda!
You may have deer on the brain, but personally, I think they’re in your heart, and consequently often on your property!
Veryy thoughtful blog
Thank you, Danny!