Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

A quote: “The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.” — Theodore Roosevelt

I’ll start with a story …

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She taught him in 4th then 5th grades and if his squirming didn’t exhaust her there were the times he’d stop dead – in the aisle, at the pencil sharpener – listening to things only he heard.

Teacher’s lounge conversation about him was whispered complaints and fear.

She was the storm lashing a lighthouse. What would it take to see some “Eureka” moment reflected in those amber eyes?

End of term, head on desk, she struggled over her opportunity to teach 6th grade. And him.

A touch on her shoulder brought her up. The man had amber eyes.

“Please, don’t give up.”

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Now, it’s your turn.
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3 Comments
  • Bobby Ahr says:

    Zee sea, she ees a cru-el mistress

    In the last few minutes of his short life little Joey marveled at the immenseness of the sea and wondered at the mystery of its millions of creatures, unseen and unknown. A universe apart from his, at this moment he occupied both. He felt a peace at the giggle of smooth sand tickling his toes and the tiny fish brushing against him as he waded further out. And then there was an ominous – he didn’t know why he thought it ominous – heavy swirl a few feet further out. And then a heavier brush against his leg, almost knocking him down.

  • Fletch says:

    I shall not forget my time in the sea, when it compassed me about – behind and before, to my left and right.

    For a time it was mother and father, and child and brother, and all there was – or it seemed so, when I was young and knew a very great deal about nothing at all.

    Now I look back to those days on the sea – the time spent there, the frittering away in happenstance and nonsense. The days wasted – less of them than I thought.

    Eternity is long and thus I regret my misspent youth.

  • Newtonius says:

    Grandson, let me tell you about the sea…and about life in general, for they are one and the same.
    Life on Earth came from the sea. Life on Earth is like the sea—swirling currents and storms.
    The sea has many creatures—some good, some bad—just like Life on Earth.
    Right now, you are looking down at what you cannot possibly see
    The biggest threat you’ll face during your Life on Earth won’t be the danger you can’t see, but rather the one staring you square in the face.
    Be ready for it.

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