Posts Tagged ‘100 word challenge for grown ups’

The One From The News

In Writing on June 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm

100 word challenge for grown ups

This week’s 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups  prompt was to write an article based off the title “There’s a real buzz about this place.” But since I misread the prompt and wrote a story first, here’s a story AND an article. Enjoy!


The One From the News (A Story)

Gabe stood waiting, fourteenth in line out of fifteen and youngest by far. The sun flashed; the insects droned; the sweat dripped.

“Step forward,” the guard said. The door opened and a buzzing whirl swelled from within. Gabe complied, thirteenth now, and not much older.

“You the one from the news, little lady?” the man behind him asked. His arms were black with ink, scarred and corded with muscle.

“I’m a man.”

“Sure thing, darlin’.” The man laughed soft and deep. “Better hope you look it once they cut that pretty hair… It’s the last cut you’ll ever get.”

There’s a Real Buzz About This Place (An Article)

BOSTON – Thirty eight students were hospitalized Monday after the group suffered inexplicable bites and stings during a tour of the Common. School officials say no insects were spotted in the area.

“The kids just sort of scattered, screaming,” Elizabeth Berry, a substitute teacher at Boston Latin Academy, said. “But the adults were all fine. Very unnerving.”

Doctors at BMC attribute the event to a kind of shared hallucination, though at least three children had to be treated for severe anaphylaxis.

“The imagination can be a very powerful thing,” one man said at the scene. He refused to give his name. 

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Follow the link up above to read the other responses and submit one of your own. Comments and criticism more than welcome! (That goes for the rest of my fiction, too).

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Julian’s Final Draft

In Writing on May 23, 2012 at 2:11 pm

100 word challenge for grown ups

The flame flickered before the door had even opened, as if some spirit had run ahead to warn of Gael’s approach. When the insolent tongue of fire was still again, the room was nearly silent.

Nearly, for  Gael’s consumptive breaths now rattled in the hallway.

“Is it ready, Julian?”

The voice was weak but impatient, and no less cruel. Julian replaced his quill and gathered his papers from the desk.

“Soon,” he said quietly.

Gael shook his head as the flame writhed once more, announcing another visitor.

“It would be irresponsible to die without a will, Julian,” Gael said.

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This is my response to the 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups. This week’s prompt: write a piece to include the phrase …The flame flickered before..Follow the link to read the other responses and submit one of your own.

Comments and criticism more than welcome! (That goes for the rest of my fiction, too).

The Family Business

In Fiction on May 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm

100 word challenge for grown ups

“I’m not at liberty to discuss the specifics, suffice to say the board requires your immediate removal. Sorry.”

Thomas blinked. The empire he’d built, brick by brick, was crumbling, exposing to the corrupting air the bodies he’d piled up for its foundations – the enemies and friends he’d crushed in his ascension – and all this yellow-eyed parasite could say was ‘sorry’?

“You’re making an enormous mistake,” Thomas said.

“Yes, well, the only mistake the investors care about has already been made.”

The boy smiled, taking an apple from the desk, testing its skin.

“The student becomes the teacher, you see.”

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This is my response to the 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups. This week’s prompt: write a piece to include the words LIBERTY    EMPIRE    APPLE    YELLOW    and ENORMOUS. Follow the link to read the other responses and submit one of your own!

Comments and links more than welcome below.