December 7 – Flash Fiction – Performance – Nativity

Charli’s prompt this week:

December 7, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write that features a performance. You can interpret what is a performance any way the prompt leads you.

December 7 Flash Fiction Challenge at Carrot Ranch @Charli_Mills

Well, being as I work in school teaching, this time of year is filled with performances! We have the Nursery Christmas singing to parents, the Reception Nativity, the KS1 alternative Nativity, then Lower KS 2 and Upper KS 2 hold their performances of Christmas songs from around the world too!

I am personally involved in the Nursery and Reception performance preparations this year, and I have to say, my throat is hurting from the over singing we have to do, to compensate for the vast majority of the kids who stand and do nothing!

So it goes without saying that my piece for the week would be influenced by my day job!

Nativity

“Come on children, nice and loud now! Please no shouting – it’s singing we want to hear.”
Mrs Keeble started the intro on the school piano, and nodded to the class in front of her.
As usual, there were the performers: the children who thought they were born for the stage. There were the skulkers: the ones who stood at the back, heads down, hoping no one would notice them. And then there were the stunned: the ones who stood there, gawping, no sound leaving their mouths, eyes scanning the audience for family.
Wonderful!
Welcome to another infant Christmas performance!

https://carrotranch.com/2017/12/07/december-7-flash-fiction-challenge/

 

#WRITESPIRATION #144 52 WEEKS IN 52 WORDS WEEK 49 – Waterfall Secrets @sacha_black

Sacha’s #Writespiration prompt this week:

Your challenge is to write your story using the weekly theme/prompt and write it in just 52 words…. EXACTLY, no more, no less.

writespiration-2017

This week  I want you to write about what lays behind a waterfall.

The stench was coming from behind the curtain of water falling ahead of them.
“What do you think, Inspector?”
DI Jones looked at the waterfall. They’d looked everywhere else.
“Get the team to go in.”
***
A few hours later, three body bags lay in front of him.
What a hiding place!

http://sachablack.co.uk/2017/12/06/writespiration-144-52-weeks-in-52-words-week-49/

November 30: Flash Fiction Challenge – Self-Care – New Mum SOS

Charli’s prompt this week:

November 30, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes self-care. Does the character need it? What does the character do? Think about how you can use this action to deepen a character or move a story. Go where the prompt leads.

New Mum SOS
The crying was relentless, but who else was going to do anything?
He was at work all day, he needed his sleep.
She was exhausted.
“It’s okay,” they all said, “just sleep when the baby does. You’ll be fine!”
What world did they live in? Self-care with a newborn…?  Impossible.
When was she meant to do the housework, the laundry, the cooking, if not when the little mite was taking his precious naps?
But after thirteen weeks of sleepless nights and little support from anyone, she was ready to muffle the cries with the pillow currently covering her head…

https://carrotranch.com/2017/11/30/november-30-flash-fiction-challenge/

#WRITESPIRATION #143 52 WEEKS IN 52 WORDS WEEK 48 – @sacha_black

Sacha’s #Writespiration prompt this week:

Your challenge is to write your story using the weekly theme/prompt and write it in just 52 words…. EXACTLY, no more, no less.

writespiration-2017

This week I want you to write a story including these words:
jugs, bamboo, nostril and frozen.
Sitting under the shade of the bamboo tree, Becca coolly sipped her near-empty drink.
She looked up and saw the most handsome waiter with jugs of cocktails for her. As she raised her glass to drink, the straw went up her nostril.
Frozen with embarrassment, she looked at him then reddened.
“Oops!”

http://sachablack.co.uk/2017/11/29/writespiration-143-52-weeks-in-52-words-week-48/

Flash Fiction Challenge – Five A Day #CarrotRanch #FlashFiction @Charli_Mills

I’m taking a chance on one of Charli’s 99-word prompts over at The Carrot Ranch!

November 23, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about Five a Day. It does not have to be five servings of fruits and vegetables. What is needed five times a day? Have fun with what pops to mind for the prompt.

Here’s my take!

Five-A-Day

“Five?”
“Yes sir, five.”
“So, Doctor, I have to take five of these little beauties a day?”
“That’s right. Five of these golden capsules every day.”
“Wouldn’t it be easier for me to just move to a country full of sunshine?”
“If only it was that easy, Mr James.”
“Wow! Shake me and I’ll rattle!”
Jack laughed to himself as he left the surgery with his prescription.
Another addition to his daily cocktail of pills. Vitamin D3.
Sat behind a desk all day, earning good money but not seeing daylight, meant losing his health instead…
The price we pay…

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