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Announcement: The Picture it & write Publication has been sent to the editor. Keep up submissions as, of this moment, we plan on making this a yearly publication. 🙂 Stage 1: Completed.

For those who missed it, Ermisenda is running a graphic design giveaway where any one of you could win a free book cover, blog banner, or Facebook cover designed just for you! Check it out!

I urge people to join in, comment with your paragraph of fiction to accompany the image. It doesn’t have to follow my story or reflect the same themes. It can be a poem or in a different language (provide a translation please :) ). Anyone who wants to join in, is welcome. This photograph will be reblogged under Ermisenda on tumblr and added to the Picture it & Write gallery on Facebook.

Please continue to write however you’re inspired, but add a tag to the beginning of your post if there’s mature content in order to keep Picture it & Write an engaging event for all of our followers.

Thank you to Marisa Lyon for letting us use her great photograph for this week’s prompt! Check out her blog and leave her some love.

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The swing swayed and the sunlight winked, both tempting twelve year old Leocardo to rush out and play. With his belly full of comida casera and his parents talking about boring adult things, he wanted to play in his uncle’s backyard. The white stucco walls lined the greenery. The Spanish sun embraced him and kissed his forehead, leaving beads of sweat.

Just as he leaped towards the old swing, he heard his mother’s voice.

“Cuida a tu hermana pequeña, Leo.” Take care of your younger sister, Leo.

“Pero, Ma!” he groaned. But, Mum!

His mother grabbed him brusquely by the shoulders, going down on her knees, with a timid eight-year-old Odette by her side.

“Siempre tienes que cuidar a ella. No siempre vamos a estar aquí. Familia se encarga de uno al otro. No importa lo que pase. ¿De acuerdo?” You must always take care of her. We won’t always be here. Family takes care of each other. No matter what. Okay?

Leocardo nodded, he always had to, if not his mother wouldn’t let him play. Same old, same old. He had to take care of Odette. He couldn’t wait until he didn’t have to worry about taking care of his blind sister. She even embarrassed him at school sometimes.

Sighing, he took Odette’s hand in his.

“No tiene que jugar conmigo si no quieres,” Odette murmured. You don’t have to play with me if you don’t want to.

Leocardo suddenly felt terrible. It wasn’t his sister’s fault that she couldn’t see. “Quiero jugar contigo. Eres mi hermana. Pero…no le digas a mis amigos.” I want to play with you. You’re my sister. But…don’t tell my friends.

 Ermisenda Alvarez

This piece is about Leocardo Reyes, a main character in the Blind Sight novels. He believes his sister is having premonitions; Odette’s best friend Aniela thinks she’s a medium. Who’s right? Whose eyes will you read through?

Learn more about Blind Sight or purchase the books. Right now each volume is just 99 cents!

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