Place: Montgomery, Alabama
As everyone knows, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white man, thus making history with her defiance and arrest.
However, back in March of that same year–and in the same place of Montgomery, Alabama–a young teen by the name of Claudette Colvin had already done this. She had refused relinquish her seat for a white person, and as a consequence, was arrested.
In response to the one word writing prompt, Fifty
I watched as my dad blew out the candles on the cake. A cheesy grin crept along the corners of his mouth. One candle had refused to go out.
That single candle danced back and forth, in front of the wax five and zero. Fifty years old.
For a brief moment, I looked at his face. There were wrinkles that hadn’t been there before. Stressful gray seemed to be winning the battle against his naturally black locks. My smile wavered. For the first time, I was scared for my dad.
This is in response to the one word prompt theme: Jeopardize
She didn’t know why she saved him.
Beady and expressionless black eyes stared down at the sleeping child. Every time he breathed, a wisp of gray escaped his almost blue lips. This prompted the creature to pull him closer against her still chest.
Vincent Samson was his name: a cold, cruel, businessman who distanced himself from everyone he came in contact with. He was an alleged womanizer, someone who couldn’t be trusted. And yet, Clara Rumpke found herself on the steps of his company’s headquarters. She still had bills to pay, and he had the money.
In response to a writing prompt on Reddit.
“I wish you would stop trusting me.”
John looked up at his friend, his ill fitted glasses nearly falling off again.
“Why would I do that, Andrew?” He questioned. Stop trusting the person who’d played with him on the playground when they were kids? The one who’d been the best man at his wedding?
The one who had cried the most at his funeral?
Writers! What inspires you to write and why?
When it comes to historical fiction, I find inspiration from historical documentaries and articles on the web.
However, in any genre I write, I find music to be the best inspiration overall. Music can cover almost any mood from angry to happy to distressed. Not only that, but when it comes to historical fiction, I find listening to a few songs of whatever era to help immerse me in the time period more.
Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook. These schools know the grief and sorrow that domestic terrorism brings. However, 72 years before Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold fired their first shots into their student peers, a disgruntled man by the name of Andrew Kehoe detonated bombs in the Bath Consolidated School on May 18th, 1927, killing over 40 people–including 38 school children.
Bath School after the detonation. Image from Wikimedia Commons