Short Story Sunday: One Night

Vampire Maman

Andy opened his eyes. His head was still in tact, or at least he imagined it hadn’t completely exploded.

She’d called his name then jumped in his lap, knocking over the chair he was sitting in. As he tried to move he discovered his hair was caught under the top of the chair back. Someone pulled Taylor off of him, and helped him up.

“Yes, I’m fine,” he said to everyone who asked.

Taylor, a small young woman with a black bob and a quick smile, was fighting back tears. Andy figured at least three if not four fingers were broken, and maybe some other bones in her beautiful delicate hands.

He kissed her hand. Some of the pain went away. Then he slipped her six fresh one hundred dollar bills.

“This should cover your deductible and any other expenses tonight. Call me tomorrow and let me know how you’re…

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8 Early Signs of Pregnancy that may Indicate You are Expecting

When a lot of women get pregnant, there are typically some signs of pregnancy that occur
quite soon after the pregnancy takes place. Ordinarily, a pregnancy test can confirm your
suspicions quickly. However, being able to recognize some of the clues that your body is
giving you, can help you decide if you need to look further into the possibility that you could
be pregnant. Here are some signs to watch for that may indicate that you are indeed
pregnant.
1. Tiredness
Extreme fatigue is one of the main signs of pregnancy at the start. All of a sudden, you may
feel like falling asleep during the day at times when you normally would not. For example,
you may suddenly have to fight to stay awake during meetings at work.
Tiredness can be due to so many different things, that frequently it is not identified as being
related to pregnancy. Many times, people will think that the fatigue they are experiencing is
due to having a busy schedule and so on. If you are more tired than usual though, this could
mean that you are pregnant.
2. Change in Menstrual Cycle
Women who have regular periods know when they are “late.” Sometimes, lateness can be
caused by increased stress in your life, but it can also be another telltale sign of pregnancy.
3. Morning Sickness
This feels like you have the flu (without the fever). You may feel nauseous or may even be
throwing up. Even though it is called morning sickness, you may be feeling sick any time
of the day.
Morning sickness is most common in the first trimester of pregnancy, but can continue into
the next two trimesters for some women.

You can reduce some of the symptoms of morning sickness by having more frequent,
smaller meals. If you are not managing to keep any food down, it may be time to see your
doctor for ways to reduce the morning sickness you are experiencing. Dehydration can also
be a real concern, which sometimes necessitates hospitalization. In addition to seeing your
doctor, you may also want to consider the advice of a licensed naturopath, who can provide
you with some strategies to manage the nausea, etc.
4. Breasts that Hurt or are Tender
You have probably experienced uncomfortable breasts just prior to, or during, your
menstrual cycle. This is what your breasts will feel like when you first get pregnant. They
will be more sensitive to touch.
5. Abdominal Cramping or Bleeding
You may not even notice the cramping, as it is not usually really bad cramping. It may just
feel like some pressure in your abdomen, similar to what you may feel at the start of a
period. You may even mistake it for the start of a period when, in fact, you are pregnant!
This cramping reportedly occurs when fertilization occurs within your uterus. You may also
experience a bit of spotting or notice some blood in your panties. As long as it is not a
significant amount, there is no need for concern.
6. Enhanced Ability to Smell
This sounds weird, but it is true. Your sense of smell becomes very sharp during pregnancy.
Suddenly, you may notice the scent of someone’s tea from across the room. Walking down
the cleaning aisle of the grocery store, may prove too much for your senses. It may feel like
the scents of everything have become stronger overnight!
7. Gustatory Changes
You may have always enjoyed a particular food, but now it tastes bad (it may also smell
bad). You may find that you develop unusual cravings for foods that never interested you
much before.
8. Lightheaded
This can be very subtle, but you may suddenly feel like the room is spinning, or you may
feel faint. Make sure to eat during these times, as your blood sugar is probably a bit low.
To conclude, some of the early signs of pregnancy have been covered. There can be more,
but the ones mentioned are quite common. The next thing that you need to do is find out if you are, in fact, pregnant. The sooner you find out if you are pregnant, the sooner you can
begin taking good care of that little baby growing inside of you.

 

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Pasta with Savoy Cabbage and Sausage (Pasta Verza e Salsiccia)

Stefan's Gourmet Blog

Spring is really arriving here in the Netherlands, but on some days it is still a bit chilly and perfect for a hearty pasta dish with the last of the season’s savoy cabbage. This humble pasta dish with cabbage and sausage is taken to the next level by adding some vinegar and some butter, which marry the individual flavors into one delicious new flavor. It takes a bit of time to cut the tough stalks out of the cabbage and to cook it slowly until it becomes tender, but it is worth it. The quality of the sausage is what will make or break this dish. Here’s what I did…

Ingredients

For 2 servings

200 grams (7 oz) short pasta such as penne

1 small savoy cabbage, about 400 grams (.9 lbs) of net weight after cleaning

225 grams (1/2 lb) sweet Italian sausage meat, taken out the casings and chopped

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Photo Challenge #157

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pioneers_in_aviation_by_mrs_white-d82j30g – Josh Hayes

Use above image as inspiration for a poem or short story.

Alternatively,

If you are an artist or photographer, use this as an opportunity to showcase your own work.

You have 1 week to complete this challenge.

Please credit the artist!

When you’re done, TAG the post Photo Challenge and MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie, and add your link to the Link Button. Also don’t forget to link to this post or copy your post’s URL into the comments. We can read your post sooner that way.

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Sunday Photo Fiction – March 26th 2017

Sunday Photo Fiction

Each week a photo is used, donated by one of the participants of Sunday Photo Fiction, and the idea is to write a story with the photo as a prompt in around 200 words. The photo doesn’t have to be centre stage, there have been times when I have had to read the story a few times to spot where the prompt is hidden. Please include a mention and / or link to whoever donated the photo.

Careful editing is the key to keeping the story within the constrains of the limit. 200 words may seem like a lot, but it disappears quickly. The challenge makes you look at replacing two words with one, and a little jiggery pokery. A few words over is sometimes necessary when there is no way of shrinking it without losing an integral part of the story. Using a program like Microsoft Word or Open…

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