Jack Altomare discovered a handwritten note next to his laptop computer.  He picked up the note and scanned over the words.


You looked so tired

that I decided to let you sleep.

It’s going to be a long day-  

I’ll be home for dinner.

Love you,


Jack glanced over at the clock and realized that it was almost noon.

I really did sleep in.  He thought.

He debated on breakfast, then decided that he wasn’t very hungry.  He considered working on a painting in the studio, then realized that he wasn’t feeling very inspired.  Out of instinct he turned his computer on to check the news, then became aware that it was essentially just the same every time.

Ten minutes were spent stretching to alleviate the soreness in his muscles from making love the night before.  He changed into a clean pair of jeans and a shirt, laced up his boots and slipped into a black hooded sweatshirt.  He grabbed his wallet, keys and watch before walking out through the front door of the condominium.

The condo was located on the west edge of town.  Jack only had to travel three short blocks to meet up with a paved walking trail that steered him even further away from the noise and chaos of the city.

After ten more minutes of walking at a steady pace the trail turned into gravel and entered the wilderness.  It was here that he encountered a fork in the trail.  He picked the right path and continued on.

Dark clouds were gathering near the horizon and it looked like a storm was inevitable.  It was probably impossible, but he thought that he could already smell the rain.

Sudden movement off to the side of the trail.  Jack turned in time to spot a snake slithering out of the tall grass.  He stopped walking and observed the snake as it slipped past his feet and disappeared into the underbrush on the other side.

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There was a brief flash of lightning from one of the dark clouds in the distance, followed by the low rumbling of thunder.  Jack continued on down the trail and allowed his imagination to run wild.

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[Original writing & photography by J. E. Lattimer]

© 2012, 2013 J. E. Lattimer all rights reserved


12 thoughts on “Preservation

    1. Thank you. Yeah, that’s it… I’ve been working on many longer stories and I was in the mood yesterday to just do one that is very short and to the point… Have a good day over there!

    1. Well, yes and no… There are many with the Jack & Charlotte Altomare characters, probably close to half of the short stories– Then there is the ‘Impressions’ series that I have been working on & a few more things still to come that haven’t been finished / posted yet…

  1. As Jane Austen would say…”but for my own part, if a book is well-written, I always find it too short”…Thank you for your interesting well-written stories 🙂

    1. No problem, thank you for the nice comment! I’m glad you enjoyed them– Quite a few stories are currently in the works, hope to have another one up in the next couple of days. Thanks for reading and have a great day! 🙂

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