“Picture of Dreams” (Short Prose) 50 Word Thursday #42 & Multiple Word Prompts

50 Word Thursday โ€“ย #42

Kristian is taking it in turns to host this challenge with Deb Whittam of the blog Twenty Four. Click on the link below to see her post about the results of last weeks challenge:


So, now to this weeks challenge:

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50-word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tagย 50WordThursย so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

So here is the picture for this week:


And the Words: โ€œShe had looked on so many unlovely places in her life, poor child; but this was as lovely as anything she had ever dreamed.โ€ โ€“ Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

I hope you enjoy this weekโ€™s challenge. I will gather together all the entries and publish a results post on Wednesday.

Have fun. ๐Ÿ™‚


ย “Picture of Dreams”

(Short Prose)

Katy’s father was serving jail time for attempting to rob a liquor store and he ended up killing the store owner.ย  He wouldn’t beย allowed to seek a parole hearing for another 16 years. Her mother, no one knew where she took off to.ย 

Katy was left on her grandmothers porch with a suitcase with a note attached, “… I’ll be back for Katy when I find work.”ย  – That was nearly 4 years ago. Katy’s grandmother died one year later.ย  With no other family, Katy was left to the state.

The foster homes were nothing but houses with filthy conditions,ย spiders practically hung in every corner attached to cobwebs. If a caseworker visited the house, the foster parents were quick to answer why Katy had bruises. “You know kids, they’re always stumblingย over something outside or falling off their bikes. The living conditions were harsh.

She had looked on so many unlovely places in her life, poor child: but this was as lovely as anything she had ever dreamed.

As Katy stared at the beautiful picture hanging on the dismal wall by a nail, she imagined theย mist laying on the lake as theย sunshine touched her tender face.ย  This was a dream of hers for several long, miserable years. She finally left when she turned 18-years-old.


Now, 36. Katy was married, with her own little girl.ย  Her dream became a reality as she watched the mist lay on the lake,ย sunshine touched her daughter’s cheek, and the nightmare’s finally, soon ended.


BC 2019

250 Words (Minus Title)








Your three things today are:ย sunshine, mist allow

FOWC with Fandango โ€” Spider

21 thoughts on ““Picture of Dreams” (Short Prose) 50 Word Thursday #42 & Multiple Word Prompts

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  1. How lovely and thank you for including the 3TC. As a former foster carer, it hurts to know kids were subjected to these conditions by the State and I’m glad I was able to offer stability and security for a short period. I cared about them all and sometimes wonder where they are, how they turned out, and if they’re happy. I hope so.

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    1. You are quite welcome, Di. I was thrilled I could use the 3TC in the story. It was my honor.
      I could see you being a antremely good foster carer, being that you have such a lovely heart.
      Most kids aren’t that fortunate, and that breaks my heart.
      That’s why I needed Katy to have a happy ending. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. Beautifully cohesive mash-up, Becky. I do love the confines of the 50 word increments on this challenge. It forever amazes me how many ways we can say the same thing using tenses, contractions hyphens etc. This was very well done.

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