Progression #21

[Chapter Seven- “The Cemetery” — Part One of Six]

progression number twenty-one

{To be continued…}

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

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Charlotte flicked the turn signal on and slowed the car. She veered off of the two-lane highway and onto a narrow gravel road that led into a small, quiet cemetery.

A quick scan revealed that she had the graveyard all to herself- No one else was visiting the resting place of their loved one.

She gradually rolled the tires over the gravel until she reached the back of the lot and parked the car. As Charlotte stepped outside she felt a sinking feeling in her stomach.


There were two massive, sprawling cemeteries within the city, but the will had clearly stipulated that he had wanted to be buried out here, in the country.

Two years had passed since she had stood here in the rain and watched the casket being lowered into the ground. Some days it seemed like it had happened yesterday.

Charlotte walked past many gravestones and wondered what their lives had been like- Had they found love and happiness? Were they now in a better place?


And they do not know what tomorrow is. What are our lives except a vapor that appears for a little while and vanishes and passes away?

Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow

Charlotte slowed her stroll and approached the next gravestone with the usual apprehension.

“I miss you so much.” She said.

She kneeled down in front of the marker and had to reach out and grab hold of it to steady herself. The name carved into the stone was Jack Altomare.


18 thoughts on “Progression #21

    1. Thanks for reading & for the nice comment! No, this will not be the end of the tale, plenty more still to come– I’m actually working on the next part today- Stay tuned & enjoy the weekend! 🙂

      1. Thanks, I’m on vacation this week, away from the hum drum work at the office- hubby and I will be going to the desert for a few days, then maybe up to Big Bear. REST AND RELAXATION is in the air. big smiles 🙂 😉

  1. Interesting. I know there’s #22 lurking in the depths of my In-Box or the next page, and have to make the decision to save it up until later or skip right to it…

  2. Whoa! What’s going on here? Can’t wait to read the rest. Also, very poetic lines about life and death. They could almost make a poem.

    1. Thanks! Yes, this was an unexpected twist in the story for many readers, but this was actually one of the first scenes that I wrote when I first started working on this tale- Thanks for the great comment & enjoy the day over there! 🙂

      1. I love twists and turns in a story. I’m currently working on a novel and I hope to deliver many surprises in it if I’m able to pull it off. Keep writing and sharing!

      2. Awesome- Good luck with the novel- During the many years that I have spent writing / painting and helping others with their creative efforts I have learned that perhaps the most important aspect is pacing yourself, not getting in too big of a hurry and not burning yourself out. Have a great one! 🙂

      3. Thanks for the advice. I’m slowly discovering just what you said. Pacing and balancing is very important.

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