Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

A quote: “They criticize me for harping on the obvious; if all the folks in the United States would do the few simple things they know they ought to do, most of our big problems would take care of themselves.” ~~ Calvin Coolidge

I’ll start with a story …

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The grasses had yellowed under summer heat, crops taken in under a sun that could still blister. The year had been hellish and not because of weather.

She shuddered, too many memories of the close call of their flight from the city. When they fled far enough, found a place willing to take them in exchange for honest labor, she was humbled.

As she unpacked, she had been surprised at what she had grabbed in haste. But after the first cooling rain of fall, she knew why – the simple joy of her daughter in a puddle in bright yellow boots.

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Now, it’s your turn.
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  • Sheila Garrett says:

    It was a long trip, but she had managed to catch the last of the cherry blossoms. The day was grey, but

    she managed to find a semi-dry spot under a cherry tree while she waited. An artist appeared, camera

    clicking as he took shot after shot of the tree. Not wishing to be disturbed, she clutched her umbrella

    tighter, using it as a shield between herself and the photographer. Then he took shots of a blue scarf

    among the pink cherry blossoms. At last, the woman rose, moving her rainbow umbrella above her as

    she walked down the street.

  • Cameron says:

    Acceptable Behavior was hammered into the kids from Kindergarten on. The teachers closely monitored their charges for any deviant behavior that was outside the norm for their age group. Stepping outside the lines was punished mercilessly.

    That was why my daughter was standing in the principal’s office for jumping around in puddles. The man chastised her and then my parenting because I was at fault for hindering her growth.

    “Step outside, sweetheart” I said to my daughter in that warning tone she knew so well. Once she was gone, I showed the principal pictures from when he was a child and all the fun he was having. “Do this again, and I go public with these. Your choice.”

    The rest of the kids’ time at the school was a lot happier.

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