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#100WCGU – Wk90 – Prompt: “…the points were sharp…” – 104 words – “Echidna”

I saw an echidna waddling its way around my garden and marvelled at a little creature more akin to the past, a monotreme, an egg-laying mammal.

They’re gentle creatures. Their only defence when threatened is to dig their strong claws into the ground and present their spines.

The points were sharp and it served the echidna well. When threat left, it returned to its gentle foraging.

The echidna can be a metaphor for life. We can make our points in life, sometimes sharp and sometimes in defence, but underneath we must remember who we are and choose a gentle path, not one of violence.

 

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#100WCGU – Wk89 – Photo Prompt – 105 words – “Wishing”

A moment in time captured, a memory formed so many times brought to mind in future thoughts. The twins, so little, lost in their dreams. They stood close together at our wishing place. Did they dream of fairies and unicorns?

Years have passed. The twins are grown, now mothers to their own. My hair has greyed, my walk now slow, I sit surrounded by all that’s precious to me.

They see the photo.

“Do you remember our wish?” one asked.

They saw my questioning eyes, “We wished to one day be as good a mum as you. Happy Mother’s Day.”

800px-StateLibQld_1_160854_Grandmother_and_grand-daughters_on_the_verandah_of_the_Wood_family_homestead,_Mt._Coot-tha,_ca._1912This is a public domain graphic sourced through Wikimedia Commons. To see the original #100WCGU prompt photo, click on the above photo.

 

#100WCGU – Wk88 – Prompt: “parting is such sweet sorrow” – 105 words – “Fred”

Fred Shakespeare had not inherited the gift for words of his ancestor. For that matter, he hadn’t inherited a gift for anything except one. He had a gift for choosing the wrong words in most given situations. Fred was unknowingly skilled in the art of the faux pas.

“Look at that ugly child,” he once said to his now ex-boss before being introduced to his boss’s family.

Parting is such sweet sorrow,” he quoted to dump his girlfriend convinced it meant he was happy to see the end of her.

She had kissed him on the cheek, “You’re so sweet.”

“That went well,” he’d thought.

Clueless FredSchools and students have permission to use this graphic for non-commercial, educational purposes.

 

#100WCGU – Wk87 – Prompt: “the hairs on my arms stood up” – 107 words – “Reflection”

This was the day for which I had longed. I was now a teacher. There was a mixture of excitement and apprehension as I saw their young faces. They too wondered what was ahead.

The hairs on my arms stood up, “Good morning, class.”

Many years and many young faces have now passed. I reflect on my career on this my last day. I wondered if I’d made a difference in their young lives.

I opened a card from a former student many years grown, “You were the best teacher a very depressed and confused 11 year old could have hoped for.”

A difference had been made.

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#100WCGU – Wk86 – Prompt; “the queue was so long” – 105 words – “Punishment”

He made his way down an impossibly long hall. Entering a vast room, something ushered him into one of the numerous queues, some moving forward and some moving back towards him.

He heard some complain, “The queue was so long. They said I was in the wrong one.”

He asked one complainer, “Am I in the right queue?”

Agony could be heard in the reply, “You’re new? You don’t know? It’s just the beginning for you. There’s no right queue.”

In time he learnt this was hell for those who had taken pleasure in making others wait in vain in the world of the living.

 

Queue

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#100WCGU – Wk85 – Photo prompt – 100 words – “Wishing”

Locked in darkness for perhaps centuries, it’s easy to lose time when there’s little reason to keep it. The outside world passed me by until the day hope returned.

I sensed a presence. Something very large was nearing my prison. Whatever it was, I sensed a bump. My world tilted. I felt myself falling… CRASH!

My spirit had been freed. I’d always promised to kiss whatever released me but had to rethink when reality dawned. I decided to grant it three wishes instead.

The first wish made, “I wish I didn’t break that urn.”

Locked in darkness for perhaps centuries…

 

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#100WCGU – Wk84 – Prompt: …As the line was crossed… – 105 words – “Scared?”

Children were gathered listening to their uncle tell of his tropical adventures. He was showing them a map.

“This is where the Tropic of Capricorn runs through Australia. As the line was crossed I was in the tropics,” he explained.

Eight asked, “Was there a line on the ground?”

Uncle replied, “No but there was a sign.”

Four, “Weren’t you scared?”

Uncle smiled, “Of course not. I even had my photo taken on the line. I had one leg in the tropics and one on the other side of the line.”

Four was worried, “Lions are dangerous. Did it bite you?”

Now uncle was confused.

Lion Line Confusion

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#100WCGU – Wk83 – Prompt: …I don’t believe it… – 104 words – “Angel”

“Daddy, Sophie’s making snow angels!”

Sophie loved snow angels. She always enjoyed making them when we visited the snowfields but today was hot and it was April 1.

Did a four-year-old boy know about April Fools Day jokes? I followed his lead to the bathroom door. He said I should look inside.

I expected some gag but, on opening the door, “I don’t believe it!”

As the white cloud filling the room settled, there was giggling three-year-old Sophie covered in talcum powder.

“Snow angel!” she giggled.

I must admit, I laughed even when trying to clean the white out on Sophie and the floor.

Snow Angel powder

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#100WCGU – Wk82 – Prompt: …looking at all of that chocolate… – 106 words – “The Interview”

Interviewer: E.B., looking at all of that chocolate, I must ask, how did you get the job? I mean, rabbits don’t lay eggs so why not the Easter Chicken? For that matter, why not stick to coloured real eggs?

E.B.: (Grinning) Coloured real eggs were once enough. Easter Chicken was happy her symbol of Spring was wanted by so many children but someone suggested making eggs from chocolate as well. She didn’t agree.

Interviewer: She left?

E.B.: She said it was her eggs or she was leaving. They decided to make chocolate eggs anyway.

Interviewer: You stepped in?

E.B.: Hopped in.  I jumped at the chance.

 

EB Easter Bunny

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#100WCGU – Wk81 – Prompt: …the unseasonal weather meant… – 104 words – “Solana”

The unseasonal weather meant only one thing to Solana. The Cooling had come upon her people.

She summoned her council, “We must leave lest we be consumed by ice.”

Driven by ancient knowledge, they travelled north to safety from the icy world. It was the time of birth in warmer waters. In time, the Warming would return. Old and new would make the great journey south to feeding waters.

For Solana, this would be her last great journey. The ones who move on two fins would take her life.

When the Cooling returned, another would lead. So was the way of the humpback whale.

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