99 Word Flash: August 5, 2015

On August 5, 2015, Charli Mills (@Charli_Mills) assigned a two-pronged prompt:

  1. In 99 words (no more, no less) write the common premise: “I ran over a deer (or other animal) and have decided to nurse it back to health.”
  2. But before you write, daydream. Do something outside of your normal routine for 10 minutes. Go outside, sit and stare into space. Rest in a meditative yoga pose. Lock yourself in the bathroom. Mow the lawn, or do the dishes. Let your mind wander to the story and daydream before you write it.

Here is what I came up with:

The Newest Member of the Class

The first morning drive on the first day of a new school year; my mind raced faster than the car, though an unexpected speed bump decelerated my brainstorming.

“Boys and girls,” my opening more rattled than welcoming, and I drew the students’ attention to the Toto-like Cairn I ran over, who rested injured in a box.

Inquisitive hands shot up with wonderings, and every answer led to us nursing the dog back to health.

We rallied around the thirty-sixth member on the roster, and it was the greatest form of team building that I never want to experience again.

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

    julespaige said:
    August 9, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Excellent! Empathy and team building.
    I was a teacher, and have teachers in my family…
    So if you haven’t been ‘Thanked’ lately…
    Thank you for being a teacher!

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    A. E. Robson said:
    August 9, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    A great way to break the ice on the first day of school. Everyone that is new in the class will feel like they belong to the team.

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    Charli Mills said:
    August 10, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    I love this story, especially the line, ” Inquisitive hands shot up with wonderings, and every answer led to us nursing the dog back to health.” What a tremendous teaching moment and a memory for those students that year.

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    Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist said:
    August 11, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    That was a great flash. I love the “unexpected speed bump decelerated my brainstorming.” and then the consequences of that (hopefully not to be repeated) which drew the class together. There were so many different emotions you took the reader through. Well done.

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    Uncommon Deer Tales « Carrot Ranch Communications said:
    August 12, 2015 at 2:31 am

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