Lunch at the Ranch – Halo

My post for Day 5 in the Lunch Writing Challenge of writing a short(er) story about a lunch encounter.

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I’m in a fog.  It seemed I could barely stay focused on my drive home from work.   ‘Stay awake’ is my mantra.   I arrive home safely, go inside and greet the animals.  I grab a few Cheerios out of the bin and a few oyster crackers out of the box.   I don’t even taste them, although I think I truly did eat them.  Don’t know for sure.   I make some oatmeal and sit on the couch.  Halo, my dog, snuggles up behind my back.  I turn on the TV.  Maybe this will help me stay awake through lunch and get my mind off replaying the same loop as I process the chaplaincy calls I made last night and this morning.   I turn on “Castle”.   Fun entertainment.  This episode starts off with the possibility of alien abduction.  My mind wonders.  What a strange concept sitting in my rural home, 1/4 mile off the main road.  Its very quiet.  Actually VERY nice.  I think how do these two concepts even exist in the same place …. peaceful tranquility and nature verses scary alien abduction murder mystery in the city.  I laugh because obviously my mind is completely mush.  I look out the window as a bald eagle flies by.  Is this a confirmation?  A sign?  I laugh out loud.  “Come on, Halo, time for a nap.”

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Latest submissions by other bloggers since my last post.  For the complete list, visit the original Challenge page.

  1. Lunch Post Challenge: Rattled & Hummed | CurlyQ
  2. Weekly challenge day 4: Thinks… | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  3. Taking my writing into a different direction | Words to the Wise or otherwise just words
  4. Not Quite Lunch Poems 3 & 4 | Lightning Bug
  5. THE UNLIMITED QUESTS OF A LIMITED MIND | DANDELION’S DEN
  6. The Cupcake Table | Cat Over Clock
  7. Lunch Post 3 part 2 and Lunch Post 4 | standinginthestorm
  8. Weekly Writing Challenge | Thoughts of an INFP
  9. Weekly Writing Challenge: Lunch Posts Day 3 | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  10. Weekly Writing Challenge: Lunch Posts | jennsmidlifecrisis
  11. Little tiny liquid lunch? Don’t mind if I do….! | bagofbuttons
  12. Weekly Writing Challenge: Lunch Posts | Sometimes I think I can write…
  13. DP Weekly challenge – Lunch post – A packet of Quavers and blowing up balloons |
  14. Feeling Sonder at lunch time. | Life. In Light Of Eternity.
  15. The Cigarette Break – Day Three – You Have Some Explaining To Do… | An Upturned Soul
  16. Campus Lunch Vignette | Chasing the Stars
  17. Weekly Writing Challenge: Lunch Posts | medicinalmeadows
  18. No foolin’ this outdoor junkie! [Sheri #2] | Rob’s Surf Report
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18 thoughts on “Lunch at the Ranch – Halo

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