Monday, January 30, 2012

Knights of MicroFiction!

Hello, everyone! First of all, I'd like to thank Lynda R. Young for holding that awesome BBQ over the weekend. We all had tons of fun! I'd also like to thank all of my new followers for joining my little band of Jedi Knights over there --------------------------------> It's steadily growing into an army! I've been thinking about holding a blogfest when I hit 200... I don't know. What do you guys think?

Anyway, today, my mom, over at Imagine Today, came up with a really cool idea. Every last Monday of the month, we're going to post a short piece of Flash Fiction in response to a prompt, and we thought it would be fun if some of you joined us! It's sorta a two day thing, so just post your response anytime before 11:59pm on Tuesday. Me and my mom will choose two winners and feature that person on our blog for Wednesday! (For the full overview of what we're doing, click HERE).

Today, the prompt is:

Write a Flash Fiction (MicroFiction) piece in 250 words or less about someone who's done something wrong but doesn't have the guts to apologize. Whether they end up apologizing or not is up to you.

Okay, so here I go!

The Candy Store

Laila should have stopped herself. She stared up at the ceiling, unable to sleep. Over and over, she tried to come up with a reason why. But the simple truth was that she'd done it out of fear. Fear of what her friends would say if she didn't.

She glanced to the floor, her eyes resting on her backpack full of candy. It's not like it's money I stole, she thought to herself. But the fact that the family who owned the shop didn't have much to spare, made her feel even worse. She'd told her friends that she wasn't afraid of anything. But could something that didn't let her sleep at night be worth the trouble?

Frantic thoughts raced through her mind. What if the police caught her? What if she'd left some fingerprints somewhere in the shop?

She wanted to slap herself. Feeling guilty was one thing. Feeling guilty because she was afraid to get caught was just plain wrong.

That was it. She couldn't take it any longer. She sat up and grabbed her backpack. Now she understood. Robbing a small shop of candy was stupidity. Not bravery. But maybe, just maybe, going back and apologizing was.


So, there you have it! It's exactly 204 words. Now, spread the word and go check out other people's entries HERE.

Have a great day!

--Jess

9 comments:

Deniz Bevan said...

Cheers across the bbq platter! :-)

Great piece of fiction - I like the way she realises what true bravery entails.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

It was great that see learned what so few learn their whole lives through! An absorbing flash fiction.

Today I posted a bit longer segment, but at least it has a fun title : ZOMBIES DON'T PLAY WITH OTHERS! At least Alex Cavanaugh had a laugh out of it. (As a courtesy only, here is the link if you have the time) :
http://www.rolandyeomans.blogspot.com/2012/01/zombies-dont-play-well-with-others.html

I believe you have motivated me to put up a micro-fiction in your blog hop! Roland

Angela Brown said...

This gives me something to think about.

I really enjoyed your microfiction piece :-)

David P. King said...

Nice fiction, Jess!

Glad to see she made the right choice. :)

Jess said...

I'm glad she did, too :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Chantele Sedgwick said...

I still can't get over the fact that you're 15! You are going places, girl! ;)

J.L. Campbell said...

Interesting stuff, Jess. You did a good job here. It's definitely not worth the loss of sleep. Your MC has a working conscience.

Heather Henry said...

Sounds like a fun blog challenge. I wish I was a writer, but I'm sooo not! haha. I do love to read though and blog hopping and reading flash fiction is great. Have you heard about the A-Z Challenge? If not, I am attaching a link so you can check it out at Tossing It Out's blog here: http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/ That is a great place to connect with a lot of writers. And it's a fun and rather challenging event. Nice to meet you! I homeschooled all of my kids and they're also huge Star Wars fans. :)

Sarah Pearson said...

Oh yes, she's definitely learnt the difference between bravery and stupidity, the hard way!

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