I sat on the kerb with Herb, or if you are from the US, you might call it the curb, but me being from Brooklyn I spell it as curb, but pronounce it as kerb. We watched as the lot across the street started burning and we were appalled that someone had started this fire in our neighborhood. When the police came, Herb started singing, “We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning since the world’s been turning.” It did not take much of an impulse to trigger Herb into putting on a performance, as he was always willing to take the leap and accommodate a crowd of people, ever since he was the lead Munchkin in a play about the wizard of Oz.
The trees in the lot were bare of leaves and it had been a very dry Summer, so this lot was ripe for a fire. When it wasn’t so dry, we would see green, orange, puce, and yellow hues, the colors most often associated with earth and nature in this lot, but now all we saw was a brightly lit pall of white smoke showing through the trees and like all boys do, we tried to discern the pattern it was making. The fume had a strong smell and I am sure that it was dangerous to inhale, but we were lucky as it was not blowing in our direction. I told Herb that I could see shadow monsters in the smoke as it looked like the head of a dragon leading the smoke up, up and away. Herb said it looked more like Pegasus because the smoke was pure white. I started to get hungry, so I said to Herb, “We should go to Pegasus Pizza, because they flat out have the best crust.”
Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Impulse, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Play, for the Daily Spur prompt – Performance, for FOWC with Fandango – Accommodate, for Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt – The wizard of Oz, for December Writing Prompts – Shadow monsters, for Ragtag Community – Puce, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Crust Kerb Flat, for Sue Vincent’s Thursday photo prompt – Fume where the photo shows a line of leaf-bare trees outlined against a pall of white smoke, brightly lit from within that appears to take the shape of the head of a mythical beast, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver #256 hosted by Michael – Trigger and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Leap.