Widowmaker

Widowmaker

Water swirled around the old tree, oozing into the spaces between its trunk and loose bark  with borborygmous sucking sounds, ripping it bare. She clung to a giant limb just inches above the current. It was an old limb of the type they used to call a widowmaker back when they were an actual pair, lying in the shade on an old blanket pulled from the trunk of his car. She had been lithe and slim. He had been handsome and as wily as a fox. “Zorro,” she had called him, that first long afternoon when he had led her off into the forest for the first time.

Now, for what would probably be her last visit, she had a different companion—the hurricane named Esmerelda, raising the skirt of her water inch by inch as she came to join her. She could hear the cracking of the limb, bit by bit, as it registered the effect of her weight. Where was he? In some snug hotel room, storeys above the swirling water, with a less lethal female companion, no doubt. Only she was here, caught in the memory of them, clinging to that limb that was one syllable short of being appropriately named.

Prompt words today are widowmaker, wily, borborygmous, actual and pair.

14 thoughts on “Widowmaker

  1. Marion Couvillion

    Oh~! oh~!, some times I am lax in editing too, until it is too late~! and I have a stiff finger that often turns some letters into words that were not meant to be~!
    SAM

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      1. Marion Couvillion

        No, not exactly~! Wow “take occasion to”~? I like that~! Being a coonass, I love colloquialisms and I bet you do not understand half of the ones that I use, because in Creole they are often Frenched up English or Spanish. Now when I met Shirley’s mother, the first thing she said to me was: “hows come youse guys always say you’ll “~? and when we had company coming she always had to “read up” the house, among other things.

        My comment was due to the fact that I was confused by the use of “she” and “her” as related to the girl speaking and the reference to the hurricane Esmerelda. The first reading I had water coming up past her skirt and almost to her drawers…..After reading it about three times I finally got my brain coordinated to attach them to the right subjects…. not necessarily your problem,, My brain is being very lazy and so is that finger that mixes the “R” with the “T” and “F”; funny what auto spell check can do with a word when you mix it up and I am often lax and only see if this has happened after posting and have already hit “send”.

        We learn a lot by reading what others have written; or do we~? It was about the third “occasion” before I got that “vision” out of my head~!
        SAM

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