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Friday Fictioneers – 6/18/21

Rochelle has offered us the photo prompt below:

PHOTO PROMPT ยฉ Alicia Jamtaas

She’d resided here for four years.
Having made the decision to move, Mama led her young ones deeper into the woods.
A surveyor had walked through their woodlot, two nights before, disturbing the family’s treasured privacy while the sound of machinery had been “closing in” on their reclusive setting for two months. It was time to go.

Mama looked back a final time. The old pumphouse had stood up well in spite of neglect. She felt too old for the abrupt change but reluctantly moved on.

Twelve successful litters, in one safe place, was more than most opossums could claim.

(100 words)

18 June 2021 | Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple

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I love a well told story. If it makes me laugh, all the better.

36 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – 6/18/21

  1. Aw, I didn’t expect it to be a mama possum! What I was actually picturing was that movie with the mother that has to blindfold her kids to keep them alive…Malorie was the mother’s name…I actually have the book of the sequel but can’t remember the movie’s title.

      1. I had to search for it….Bird Box. Very strange. I look forward to reading the sequel. I actually have it on audible and have been addicted to listening to books.

      2. I couldn’t stand audiobooks until driving from CT to FL with my dad. I got tired of music. I love them now since I listen to them when I walk the dog. The problem I just found was that I started a book the other day but I really don’t like the narrator’s voice. Ugh…I have 5 hours left of listening time so I will stick it out but I will have to avoid other books with this reader. I hope she doesn’t narrate anything good!

      3. I hadn’t anticipated that problem. I would have the same trouble, I’m sure. I fill in the blanks with podcasts while walking the dogs. You’ve been very kind to share. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thanks Dora.
      I looked up the lifespan of opossums and sadly her Mama days are in their twilight.
      I wanted to use a seven year span but, when it comes to Nature, I always double check my facts! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. You made me feel a deep sense of regret because of the thoughtless and bullying nature of humans. Although i felt sorry for the opossums, i am sure they are resilient and will survive.

    1. I didn’t mean to imply that the changes were unkind. Change is a part of life, especially for wild animals. If it wasn’t humans who disturbed the opossum, it could have been a fisher or fox.
      Still, the uncertainty from moving from what’s comfortable toward the unknown, is always sad. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Animals are nomadic by nature. The possum found refuge in a manmade structure. Man and animals are not always opposing forces. I think we’re too hard on ourselves and ought to be considered part of life on Planet Earth rather than above it. You’re not alone in your opinion. I just wasn’t presenting the tale with the hope for that kind of interpretation. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. She did more than her share for the opossum population. It is sad that wildlife has to go deeper and deeper into the wild or worse, closer and closer to us awful humans.

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