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Picture prompt: Eat your oats, honey

“Yes,” he replied, and sat down, fork in hand.

She watched him as he mixed up the contents of the bowl, reducing the gold of the honey and raisins and the ruby-red of the strawberries into brown-white goo. As his fork paused to pick a bite and lift it to his mouth, Ira saw the goo rising by itself, like an exploding mudslide, splattering his face, blinding him.

“Come back early today, honey,” she dropped a kiss on her husband’s head as he struggled through his breakfast. “I have a feeling things will work tonight.”

Picture Prompt: The Waiting Game

Be prepared to receive a message, shrieks Sula, and in response everyone falls asleep, or pretends to.

But they are not ignoring her, and she is no despot on television singing her own glory. They are a bunch of erstwhile school-friends dispersed across the lands like the seeds from a Jacaranda, gathered in Sula’s home for a repeat of the endless childhood pretend games played in the not-so-shiny Singapore of yesteryears, the precursors of the video-games their children are so fond of now.

Walking by the river: Picture prompt

More Morning writing, and another picture I came across.

He walked out that morning, planning never to come back, wearing his trusty old jacket, boots, holding his walking stick in his arthritic right hand. His old bones weighed too much on his children and he wanted a quiet place to curl up and die, like a tired bear who has slept through countless winters, raided many honeycombs in summer, hunted, feasted and danced under the moon; and now, too tired to carry on, wanted a place to lie under its own fur, lay its head on a smooth stone and never get up again.

Writing Prompt: Singaporean Houses

Inside a Singapore home, you will find mirrors. Not small bathroom mirrors, or lean strips at the dressing table, but big fly-away ones that perhaps took ten men to carry up eighteen floors into the little apartment, because, of course, they would not fit inside the lift. Some things have not changed in the last few decades: Singaporeans’ belief in feng-shui, which does not allow partitioned mirrors, their need for making their apartments look bigger, and their vanity.