Kara Stewart of Art in Photography hosted a short story competition. The guidelines required entrants to write a story based on a photo by Janet McQueen of Janet McQueen Photography. The color on the photo is engaging and this writing contest was challenging!
My short story, “We Brave Seven”, was picked as the winner.
Here is an excerpt from the story:
Fear clings to us, like the dew did this morning. We brave seven. Alone now on this porch, cut off from communicating with our kin, we sit.
We see them sitting on porches and steps, just like us, all the way down the street. Orange
blotches nestled next to houses everywhere you look.
How could we have known this morning that this is how our day would go, how our lives would turn and twist? We heard the rumbling of the tractor at sunrise. A new, strange
sound accompanied the rumbling of the tractor’s engine – laughter.
The tractor pulled a wagon loaded with people and their cameras right into the patch, and
out piled the people, one after the other, all walking over us and around us, pointing fingers, snapping pictures with their cameras.
And then, before we understood what was happening, out came the man’s axe, and we were cut, each of us, one after the other, from the vines…
Read the rest of the winning short story, We Brave Seven, here.