99 Word Flash: August 12, 2015

On August 12, 2015, Charli Mills (@Charli_Mills) prompted us thus:

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a character who is called to have the back of another. What circumstances led up to this moment? What are the character motives? Think about the interaction, the setting, the tone. What does it look like to have another’s back?

Here is what I came up with:

Chips Are Unhealthy for More Reasons Than You Think

The door jam is my Prime Meridian. In waiting for the right choice, I notice potato chips next to the garbage.

A wave of boys wishing “good mornings” heightened wonderment: How good would it have been had I crossed any time zones through the door’s threshold?


An innocent Kindergartner admitted, “A friend shared them.”

My tone validated, with no hint at hiding urgency, “We don’t share food at school, so go throw them away.”

He nods his head; I turn around.

Crunch, crunch, crunch!

Even when teachers try to have students’ backs, it doesn’t always go as planned.



5 thoughts on “99 Word Flash: August 12, 2015

    Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist said:
    August 17, 2015 at 7:58 am

    At least you tried to have their backs.

    Liked by 2 people

    Charli Mills said:
    August 17, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Helping to hide the temptation. At least the teacher had good intentions (and perhaps a similar snacking hunger).

    Liked by 2 people

    julespaige said:
    August 18, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Hard to teach the basics of health. My Mother-in-law used to say that children need to ingest a pound of dirt a year. Too many allergies because children aren’t exposed to natural stuff. Sharing food can be hard with all the food allergies going around. I remember reading that a grandmother at helping at a child’s party ignored the food allergy of a child (guest) present with not so good results. The choice shouldn’t have been there. But the grandmother couldn’t believe that the child couldn’t eat the food and let ‘im have it.

    We can only do our best. Thanks.

    Liked by 3 people

    Got Your Back « Carrot Ranch Communications said:
    August 19, 2015 at 6:47 am

    […] Chips Are Unhealthy for More Reasons Than You Think by Dave Madden […]

    Liked by 1 person

    Norah said:
    August 20, 2015 at 11:44 am

    It would have been so difficult to bin them!

    Liked by 1 person

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