The summer tradition had begun several years ago and was cherished by Todd’s family long before the tragedy occurred.  Cyan had sweet memories of summer camps with candles burning until the paraffin gradually melted to the nubs.  The elders would vaunt about their yearly achievements  and others shared familiar family stories.  The children loved the stories about Todd falling in love with Cyan, their beautiful  blue-eyed mother.  As they mumbled their good nights, Cyan put blankets over the scantily clad children who would nod and fall asleep in tees and shorts.

Those were good years before the accident that started the fire.  Todd rushed to bring water from the faucet to extinguish the flames.  The strain was too hard for him.  Todd had warned her in the early days – those days of koi no Yokan when then knew that love was inevitable – not to fall in love with a man who had such serious heart defect.  But words couldn’t stop love.  Neither could his death.  Nor had that love yet died.  Cyan sighed lovingly as she tucked their children – the fruit of their love – into their beds.

WORDLE: cyan, mumble, tragedy, vaunt, paraffin, nod, asleep, faucet, scantily, koi no Yokan, tradition, gradual  – Use at least ten words in a story.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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11 Responses to LOVE NEVER DIES

  1. oneta hayes says:


  2. oneta hayes says:

    My girls into my comments again. They are my best admirers.

  3. Roos Ruse says:

    This remarkably well crafted challenge warms my heart, Oneta.

  4. calmkate says:

    yes I agree, great talent Oneta … glad you took up the challenge 🙂

  5. This is so powerful, Oneta! And what an amazing job you did of incorporating the words from the challenge! Loved this! ❤

  6. Faye says:

    Glad you picked up the blogging challenge. It is a powerful and very touching short, short story. Thank you. Please keep blogging. (can anyone tell me how to insert a emotive.)….I wanted a smile.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks, Faye. Thanks to Vibrant from Blogging World days, I know how to do one! Use colon and capital D. Now I’ll watch to see if someone else will help us both out for more variety. 😀

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