100-Word Story: Pogo Stick

Friday Fictioneer Challenge: Write a 100-word story based on the photo.

PHOTO PROMPT © Douglas M. MacIlroy
PHOTO PROMPT © Douglas M. MacIlroy


I heard them talking.

Daddy said, She wants a pogo stick.

Mama said, She has enough presents.

Santa brought a pogo stick.

Daddy smiled. Sturdy.

We went outside.

Mama frowned. Don’t fall.

She’s fine. Daddy lifted me on.

I bounced. The pogo stick didn’t.

Daddy frowned. Spring’s tight. You’re not heavy enough.

Daddy tried. He bounced down the sidewalk.

Mr. Smith came over. Can I try?

Daddy jumped off. Sure.

Mr. Smith bounced down the driveway. This is fun.

Let me try again, Daddy.

Daddy bounced up the driveway.

Mama brought me my doll.

She’s right. I have enough presents.


Instructions for this week’s story

” The following photo is the PHOTO PROMPT. What does it say to you? I dare you to look beyond the subject. I double dare you!”

I looked far beyond the subject: The rings of metal at the base of the metal skeleton reminded me of a spring, which reminded me of a pogo stick, which prompted my 100-word story. Maybe I’ll look more closely at the reptile and try again. There’s a lot of potential in that lizard.


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8 thoughts on “100-Word Story: Pogo Stick

  1. Awesome story. Is that yours, Kathy?  How could I meet or know about the 100 word challenge?  

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone


    1. It’s mine, and thank you. Instructions for the Friday Fictioneers Challenge are here: https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/friday-fictioneers-2/

      Each Wednesday, a new photo prompt is posted. The May 29th prompt is here: https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/29-may-2015/ Scroll down to find the right picture.

      There will also be instructions for linking your post to those of other Friday Fictioneers. And how to get the little frog to appear.

      Post the following Friday (but I think any time before the next Wednesday is okay). It’s interesting to see how many directions people can go from one photo.



    1. Thank you. It’s based on experience, except my father was never heavy enough either. That was a well-built pogo stick. Thank you for doing Friday Fictioneers. I love the challenge.


  2. I really liked the style of writing used here. Short and punchy. As I read through this, I thought you might be tempted to go darker, but you obviously resisted!


    1. Thank you. I usually go lighter than darker, but you’ve posed and interesting possibility with a question–how would I go darker? Something to think about. Thanks for commenting.


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