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