June 30, 2015–Prompt Use these ten words: detect, old, monument, rice, off, sundown, noble, warp, cedar, yield

“Harold, hurry up. Ain’t you got that old truck running yet?” Emmett asked nervously.

Harold grunted an obscenity in reply from under the hood of the ’82 Ford. “Looks like something fell down off the alternator,” he said. “Can’t detect a spark.”

Emmett’s head appeared under the hood, his eyes wide.

“Yeah, well, I detect the sun going down in this here ‘Sundown Town.’ If we ain’t gone soon . . .” his voice trailed away.

“Yeah, I know. I know.”

“And why we gotta get broke down next to this old monument? It gives me the creeps.”

The monument in question was the likeness of a noble local hero: General Jackson from the Confederate War. It had been planted next to a cedar grove located in downtown Makersville. The limbs of the cedars were warped but strong. They never yielded in a storm.

Emmett’s head reappeared.

“And whose idea was it to sell white rice in a Sundown Town anyway?”

 

Lynne Webster

Here’s a definition for sundown town:

A sundown town is a town, city, or neighborhood in the United States that is purposely all-white, excluding people of other races. The term came from signs that were posted stating that people of color had to leave the town by sundown. They are also sometimes known as sunset towns or gray towns.

Sundown town – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Writing Prompt, January 8, 2013

Don’t Laugh

“Don’t laugh,” I shouted.  “Its not funny.”
My green fatigue pants had finally given up their purpose.  Forty days and forty nights of sweat, dirt and grimy living off the jungle floor had finally taken their toll.  And since no one wore underwear, more was exposed than I cared to show.  All the ‘wait a minute vines’, razor wire, and thorny bushes were causing cuts and scratches in all the wrong places.  These filthy pants had split, in one fell swipe,  from the end of the front zipper through the rear belt loop.  There was no fixin them, no needle, no thread, and no replacement pants until resupply which might be days away.

Pat Stone