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Her chin in her hand, she nodded off to sleep. She woke to a flash of light, but maybe she'd been dreaming. The light was normal now. Then she felt it before she heard it: a rumble, the deepest sound she'd ever heard. It occurred to her that life would never be the same again.
#Spoutories #rumble
12:10 PM - Apr 19, 2024
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Carole
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The downstairs guest room hadn't been used in years. Their lives had been very small for awhile now. She'd switch out the pillows and curtains and brighten the room up a bit for him to move to. The hospice nurse would be here soon.
#Spoutories #bright
11:59 AM - Apr 18, 2024
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Carole
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In his small-town high school, two bullies always teamed up to make his life hell. Years later in his Math class, he had their sons as his students. In groups, he never teamed them together, as their stupidity multiplied would divide the class and subtract from his calm life.
#Spoutories #team
12:09 PM - Apr 17, 2024
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Carole
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They were together during the Summer of Love. It was sweet, hot, and brief. 60+ years later, he stands before her, ponytailed, smiling. "You're still beautiful", he said. "Think you could, um, dig me again?"

Yes. Yes, she could dig him again.
#Spoutories #dig
12:08 PM - Apr 15, 2024
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Carole
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He awoke as only a parent can: a shout from his toddler. He ran down the hall and went straight to his little car bed. His boy's eyes were huge and what they had been seeing, he couldn't imagine. They held each other and slowly the calm melted over them.
#Spoutories #calm
01:01 PM - Apr 13, 2024
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Carole
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The reverend stepped up to the podium to deliver his sermon. Loosening his collar, he felt the sweat on his neck. He looked out. All the women had taken up their fans and the congregation was fluttering like a flock of butterflies. It made him smile and likely made God smile, too.
#Spoutories #fan
11:49 AM - Apr 12, 2024
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Carole
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As a girl my mother would do my ponytail. First came the pulling and tugging and brushing. Then the sparkly pain of the rubber band pulling hairs. Some hair gel to keep it all in place. Then I was all trussed up and ready for school.
#Spoutories #brush
11:50 AM - Apr 11, 2024
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This Gurl
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#Spoutories

Lines had been drawn in the sand. The two young women were determined to prove their skills. Sunrise was breaking with the hint of an orangish glow peaking over the eastern horizon. Pails ready to begin sculpting, the women smiled & nodded to one another "May the #better woman win!"
10:20 AM - Apr 10, 2024
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Carole
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The dawn of a day. Mac and Riley stood at the gate. Mac said, “You’ll be safe here. These people will help you. Macmac, too." His voice caught as he said, " I’m gonna miss the hell out of you.”

“Bye bye, Mac.”

Mac turned and walked toward the rising sun.

-The End-
#Spoutories #caught
11:12 AM - Apr 08, 2024
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Carole
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Mac looked over at Riley, on the couch across the room, making some ropey thing. He said, “It feels like I’ve been on the road forever. I fight to survive every single day. But I take pride in that fight. I thank you, but I would probably feel trapped here.”
#Spoutories #trap
12:49 PM - Apr 07, 2024 (Edited)
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Carole
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Mac figured that out of that pack of dogs they were running from, Riley somehow made a friend out of one. And named him after his protector. That dog would die for him.

At the end of a week, Paul came to him. “Riley has a home here. You are also welcome to stay.” #Spoutories #weekend
01:14 PM - Apr 06, 2024
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#Spoutories

She poured remover on the cosmetic #puff and began stroking it across her face. Each swipe removed more of the mask of acceptability. Soon gone were the fillers, the liners, the coverup, leaving her naked in the mirror. She leaned in and sighed.

‘Hello Beautiful,’ she smiled.
09:26 AM - Apr 05, 2024
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Later, after everyone calmed down, they sat at a table, remnants of a meal before them. “Ryry” was really Riley, as Paul (the big man) and his wife learned when they saw his ID from his puffed up pack. He had turned up one day with his dog, who he had indeed named Macmac.
#Spoutories #puff
11:32 AM - Apr 05, 2024
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JustAnotherGail
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My first Spoutory. Am I doing this right?

After cutting my finger along with the bagel yesterday, I had to ask my husband for first-aid assistance because I wasn’t able to #manipulate the bandaid with one hand.

#Spoutories #Manipulate
Spoutories - Stories in One Spout! @Spoutories
Today’s #Spoutories prompt is #manipulate (word or inspiration)

Make a new post including the two hashtags. Write a one-spout story for the prompt.

Keep it clean as per Spoutible rules.

There are no time limits on previous prompts; use or re-use as you like.

Have fun!
08:22 AM - Apr 04, 2024
12:30 PM - Apr 04, 2024 (Edited)
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Carole
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“Ryry!”, said Mac, and reached out. “Hey! Get away from him!” To Mac’s left appeared a big man manipulating a big baseball bat. The dog was going crazy. “Macmac! Quiet and sit!” Mac sat down. The dog sat down, too. He looked up at Ryry. “You named your dog after me?” #Spoutories #manipulate
11:37 AM - Apr 04, 2024
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Carole
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These months of death, desperation, and dirt had strongly influenced Mac's perceptions. It seemed ages since he had seen something that actually gave him joy. But this boy, bounding down the steps and toward him, practically fringed with strings, did just that.
#Spoutories #influence
11:22 AM - Apr 03, 2024
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Ola
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I AM DIFFERENT. NOT DISEASED! #worldautismawarenessday
02:15 AM - Apr 02, 2024
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Carole
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He looked again at the rope area, which was a complex maze of attachments. The dog suddenly ran back to the house. Mac shielded his eyes from the sun. The front door opened a little, then a lot.
#Spoutories #sun
12:03 PM - Apr 02, 2024
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Carole
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Mac looked around, but no pack of dogs; just one. The dog was tied up so no danger there. As he walked past the property he saw the dog had the run of the side yard, with a rope run. He could run from the front door to the gate, where he was now, raisin' a ruckus. Mac stopped.
#Spoutories #raisin
12:16 PM - Apr 01, 2024
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Carole
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He smelled cooking eggs. There were people about. He'd come across towns before. Bare settlements, really. The last one was hostile; the one before tried to convert him. He didn't have high hopes for this one. On a side street, he heard a dog burst into barking and he froze.
#Spoutories #egg
01:05 PM - Mar 31, 2024 (Edited)
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Carole
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As he walked, Mac remembered his Uncle Ron. He had Down Syndrome and his mother Grace was scared to die and leave him to the world. Maybe Ryry's mother felt the same way, and despaired for him. He looked up and saw he was at the railroad tracks. "Don't delay, follow the tracks."
#Spoutories #delay
01:03 PM - Mar 30, 2024
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Carole
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The abandoned gas station was home for a few days. Amazingly, there was still running water and some snacks left in the vending machine. On the fourth day he packed up and climbed the fence. Happily, this time he didn't fall and break his head. He picked a direction at random.
#Spoutories #happy
11:49 AM - Mar 29, 2024
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Carole
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The fence was chain link with construction fabric. He went around and peeked through tears and seams to see the outside. No sign of Ryry. No sign of ... any violence. No barking, only silence. "He had faith in me. What must he have felt? Did he call out?"

"I failed him."
#Spoutories #faith
11:43 AM - Mar 28, 2024
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Dawn. He got up, much too fast, and almost passed out again. On his knees, he looked around. The gas station had been under deconstruction and there was a big hole where a tank had been. The perimeter was fully fenced and he could see he was alone. He had to lie down again.
#Spoutories #lie
02:37 PM - Mar 27, 2024
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Carole
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He needed a rope to tie something down. Ryry handed him one with the biggest knot he'd ever done. As Mac grabbed it, it unraveled as if it had never been there. "You little brat, you faked me out!" They both laughed.

He woke up to darkness and shook off his dream.

"Ryry?"
#Spoutories #fake
12:05 PM - Mar 25, 2024
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Carole
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Mac knew the kid would be tiring out by now. He saw the fence up ahead. He threw his pack over and at full speed, jumped and grabbed the top. One leg over the side, he reached down to grab Ryry's hand to pull him up. But his momentum was too much. He fell in and hit hard.
#Spoutories #tired
12:40 PM - Mar 24, 2024
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Days when I am exhausted by the conflict, and I'm just so #tired of the years-long fighting, I find an impossible corner in my mind where my brothers and sisters are kind. In this weird place, they don't ridicule me for being soft-hearted. In this weird place,the heart and the soul lead. #Spoutories
08:03 AM - Mar 24, 2024
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A house is a structure for shelter, not a reliable means to make money. People should buy a house to live in it, not to resell it in hopes of making a profit. If anything, this practice may be limiting options for shelter to those who truly need it. Housing prices cannot go up forever, folks.
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