Saturday, March 9, 2013

Saturday Centus/Red Dreams

       It has been a while since I had time to do Saturday Centus. This week has been calmer with some time for friends even. This morning a fast trip to the library, a real hard cleaning of my office, a nice lunch including fresh spinach and broccoli  and most things caught up reasonably well make me think I have time to play a bit. 

Today's prompt is Code Red which means I can  write 102 words only including the prompt. For full details and more Centus writers, visit Jenny at

                                    Red Dreams
Carly wiped the counter and locked the dishwasher with her last drop of energy. It has been an exhausting shift as paramedic with two car wrecks, a fire, and one heart attack.  She longed for her bed at 9:00. Jake was kind enough to go with her.

Somewhere after midnight, Jake was shaking her awake even as she heard her own voice screaming, “Code Red!”

Jake tried soothing her, but she broke from his cuddle like a bean through a pea shooter. “It’s fire!”

“No, a nightmare, Carly.”

She placed her palms on warm the wall as curling smoke invaded the room. 


Kim said...

Even in sleep, Carly knew there was a about taking your work home with you!

~UnSuper Mom~ said...

Wow! Thats all I can say, just wow! Great job!

Karen S. said...

Oh my ....what is going to happen?

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Great story! That would qualify as a Binnacle Ultra-Short!

Judie said...

Great take on the prompt, but a little scary! I have a fear of this happening in the middle of the night. Yikes!!!!

Jenny said...



This felt so real.

I think I will be a bit anxious when I go to bed tonight!

Clever writing...and so nice to see you back!

Lily Strange said...

That was cool. I trained as an EMT. I now work in a retirement community. I have nightmares about it!