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Sunday, July 3, 2011

#GBE2 Challenge: Wretched Life



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We have a most unique challenge with the GBE 2 group, and as a writer, I'm certainly up for this one. Write a 100 word fiction story. I'm all on it, with the exception that I've cheated a little by taking a story I wrote some time ago and cutting it down, but what do you want? I'm vacationing in Charleston. Today, I even tried a paddle boat for the first and last time. After falling into the Charleston Harbor, I decided to swap it for a kayak. Then I went up Shem's Creek where two playful dolphins jumped in front of my boat.

Here is a story that has nothing to do with paddle boating, kayaking, or Charleston, but I hope you like it anyway. It can't be over 100 words, including the title. Really, Beth? "You're killing me Smalls."



Ballymote Castle


Wretched Life
by
 Joyce Paull Lansky


     Jeremy followed the tour under a familiar tapestry suspended in the banquet hall. He’d been fascinated by fourteenth century Ireland. Now, he was there!

     Staring at a cauldron, he felt certain he'd eaten scraps of honey-covered mutton from the Master’s platter. Worse, he'd slept nude on hay-covered dung while the Lord and Lady enjoyed a cozy pallet; but, being naked was better than wearing insect-infested tunics.

    After climbing slyly-constructed, irregular steps that circled a stone column, he ducked under the wall's arrow slit. Jeremy cringed from the memory of the arrow that had ended his wretched past life.


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11 comments:

Maggie said...

Woah woah...crazy twist!

Brenda Stevens said...

who is Jeremy? :P love this!!!!!!!! and the story about the dolphins! you would think paddle boat would be harder to tip..hehe LOVED your pic of the castle too! Ok where is that fence... : )

D Ana said...

Voted and tweeted. Great post! =D

--Diana Jillian

Claudia Moser said...

Very creative!

Rico Swaff said...

I'm with Maggie, nice twist!

Rhonda @Laugh Quotes said...

Wretched Life is the perfect name for that story.

Voted as always.

Word Nerd said...

Oh, I LOVED this!

(I loved the Sandlot reference, too!)

pbquig said...

I enjoyed that, short but excellent. We were in Ireland last fall so I had a bit of a picture too.
Pam

Angela Parson Myers said...

Cool. Felt almost this way when I visited the Isle of Skye.

Kathy29156 said...

Awesome bit of writing, completed with a powerful twist. Love it!!

Kathy
http://www.thetruckerswife.com/

Eccentricity said...

Nothing quite like hay covered dung, I imagine. ;-) Good story!