Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

A quote: “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” ~~ Matthew 2:10

I’ll start with a story …

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“Ready?”

He takes a last look around, feeling the pang of leaving; of all the books he cannot take. She smiles in sympathy.

“We need to travel light and fast. At least you have all your work.”

His hands travel lightly over the coat he wears, all his years of research and careful calculations sewn into the lining.

“It will get us where we need to go. After that, well, we’ll see what happens.”

They step out on the porch, no need to lock the door. She laughs, “Do you know how hard it was to locate frankincense and myrrh?”

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My wish is that you have a warm, loving Christmas Eve and a Christmas Day filled with joy and merriment.
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8 Comments
  • Cameron says:

    Girlfriend left, family is away and all I have left is my work. Self-pity sucks but sometimes it’s easier to just give in. I step outside, not caring about the cold that eagerly takes my warmth.

    As the star shines down, I hear a baby cry. I see a minivan off to the side with a young couple holding a newborn. They look at me pleadingly and I help cover the kid. I call an ambulance for them and stay until it takes them away.

    He grew up to be a good man. Saved me in more ways than one.

    Merry Christmas, everyone.

  • Deborah B says:

    This is my very favorite feature of VG. I remember Darleen’s from before. Still love it. Cameron’s is a good one too. It made me smile. I hope to come up with one someday.
    Merry Christmas to all a hopeful new year.

  • Leigh Kimmel says:

    The rover’s radio and navigation system went out about halfway to Shepardsport. At least we had one of the fully enclosed “camper” rovers, so it wasn’t like we were sitting out there in spacesuits like the Apollo astronauts, but there was only a limited amount of oxygen in its tanks and some of that would be needed for the fuel cells.

    If we’d been on Nearside, we could’ve just looked up at Earth hanging fixed in the sky and keep our bearings. But on Farside we wouldn’t even have the Sun to guide us for another eight days, long after our consumables would be gone.

    That was when I saw the bright star hanging in the sky ahead of us. Could it guide us? Except we’d need to know where we were in relation to Shepardsport.

    Once I remembered the astronomy program on my tablet, a leftover from last quarter’s physical sciences classwork, it was a matter of matching the night sky above us to the information in it. As it turned out, the “star” was in fact Jupiter, king of the planets. However, it was enough for us to sort out our location and complete our journey.

  • dribbl3r says:

    “That will be a long exposure,” she suggested.
    “Yes, not as long as Wisemen following a star millenia ago,” I replied to my photography-loving daughter.
    “Was this the star, then?” She challenged my firm faith.
    “I don’t know. Does it matter? Non-Jewish men found the Savior – the King of Jews. That miniscule faith tradition was opened to all. I rejoice in the loveliness of this star, this night with you; teaching me to capture miracles.” I gazed into the reflections of the star in her eyes.
    She hummed. “Mother, dear, you teach me so much.” She blinked, replacing the reflection with glistening tears.
    The mother-daughter bond was healing, hurts fading. I hoped the exposure was a good one.

  • dribbl3r says:

    119 words – are some things just too wordy to cut more? I welcome suggestions.

    • Cameron says:

      It’s a matter of practice. Write out what you want first and get a word count. If it’s over 100 words, look over the sentences and see if there are details that can be removed.

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