Some intriguing news accompanies this week's Flash! Friday prompt: the opportunity to judge is being opened to everyone! (Even you!) Anyone who feels comfortable evaluating others' writing is encouraged to fill out the application, which includes a sample judging of 5 stories. So what do you say, will you go for it? Should I?
Meanwhile, here is this week's prompt: 200 words (+/- 10) on the photo below.
When the climb leveled out, I thought we’d made it, but soon I saw all we have is more to go. The air is thin and crisp, pricking my lungs, but the stones are sun-warmed, and the smells of life surround me. Ahead is all that matters.
Almost all. Adam walks beside me, leaning on a dry, gnarled branch worn smooth from his handling. I know better than to touch it. I just keep going, keeping pace with him as we wind through the mountains. The stick supports his weight, but when his hand brushes me, I know. Even here, amidst the rawness of nature, he needs me at his side.
“You wanna take a break?” he asks, and he’s already found the perfect place. We’re alone out here, but we’re together, and that’s more than good enough. It’s everything.
He drops his pack and sits, back braced against a slope padded with springy greens. I plop beside him. We share water from his bottle, and, satisfied, I lay with my head in his lap. His hand settles on me, fingers digging into my fur. There’s nowhere I’d rather be.