Leezeeanne’s buffalo in the flood

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

The neighbors were not happy about my choice of yard art.”

Leezeeanne* remembered the uproar after installing the castings of buffalo and Blackfoot warrior. “The idiot next door petitioned to get my place condemned; the statuary on my front lawn an example of my madness.”

“But he and his type could the meaning and importance of these two figures. Only Mallard knew. Where was Mallard?”

She was floating over a raging river, swollen with water released from the bonds of the dam.  Dancing, flirting  jealous; the water turned ugly and mean.

Watching herself hanging onto an upturned white white rafting boat, her whole body numb from the cold.

Seeing the still dry spot of land beyond the reach of the evil water less that a life-time away.

“Leezeeanne,” Mallard’s* voice plunged her down, river-ward in her into that icy water, cold fingers slowing loosing their grip.

She felt someone reaching for her, bouncing against the raft, then drifting away.

word count: 148

Written for Mondays Finish the Story, April 13, 2015

Mondays Finish the Story challenges you to use the provided opening sentence and accompanying photograph to write a piece of flash fiction – 100 to 150 words. This is a great way to start your creative week.

* A “white water” melodrama (March 23, 2015) introduced the characters Mallard and Leezeeanne, and a disastrous white water rafting experience. I received comments in favour of leaving the ending it as it was. The reader could decide how things turned out. Others thought the story could continue.

* The story continued in White Water Melodrama, Part II: Remembories  (March 30, 2015) is Mallard’s remembories of Leezeeanne. I committed myself to reaching a conclusion . . . sometime.

* Leezeeanne’s buffalo in the flood is the tale told from Leezeeanne’s perspective (April 13, 2015). Am I getting any closer to the finale? What do you think!

© phylor 2015


15 thoughts on “Leezeeanne’s buffalo in the flood

  1. Suzanne Joshi April 20, 2015 / 1:58 am

    Good tension throughout the story that keeps moving it along, Phylor. Lots going on. Well done. :) — Suzanne


    • phylor April 20, 2015 / 12:45 pm

      Thanks! Still more from the couple to come.


  2. John Yeo April 15, 2015 / 12:59 am

    An excellent amalgam of characters jostling for the attention ~ Nice work Phylor ~ Mallard has more to give and Leezeeanne’s preservation is imperative. :)


    • phylor April 17, 2015 / 2:16 pm

      Thanks. I do have some more ideas about their story. The prompts will lead me where they may.

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    • phylor April 14, 2015 / 10:29 pm

      Yes — are Leezeeanne and Mallard reunited? Any suggestions?


  3. babso2you April 14, 2015 / 11:09 am

    Wonderful weaving of your tale of Leezeeanne! Thank you for participating again in the MFtS challenge, and I hope that you return for the next challenge! Be well… ^..^


    • phylor April 14, 2015 / 10:31 pm

      I hope to. I’m enjoying MFts and it’s wonderful prompts. Perhaps there will someday be an ending to Leezeeanne and Mallard. I have several potential endings — some rather sad!

      Liked by 1 person

      • babso2you April 15, 2015 / 11:14 am

        You will weave their ending with finesse!


        • phylor April 16, 2015 / 12:36 pm

          I think I know the ending, just need the right prompt picture to tell all! :-)

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  4. Tastyniblets April 14, 2015 / 3:36 am

    I think Leezeeanne still has a tale or two left in her :p great work in tying this back to an earlier prompt!


    • phylor April 14, 2015 / 10:33 pm

      Thank you. I tend to write stories that don’t have endings. Sometimes, carrying on the tale and characters seems a good idea. And, we have yet to hear from the river, lol.

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