I am sharing the word prompt we enjoyed at my writer’s meeting last night.
Use these words in a short story or poem: tower, rotten, bribe, diamond.
Here is my 15 minute response.
“Rotten Tommy, he’s stolen my potatoes again! I’ll get him back, you see if I don’t.”
Lucy nodded, turning her mouth downward to show Rodney, she was sympathic. In reality she knew Rodney had probably lost all the sacks of potatoes in a game of poker and was covering up.
“We’ll have to grow more. We have time this season, Rod.”
“There you go being all positive again, Lucy.”
She turned away at Rodney’s unkind words. She would go as hungry as him without money for food. The door slammed behind her.
“Good riddance!” She mumbled under her breath. Outside the window she saw the imposing towers of the castle. She daydreamed of one day being carried off by the Prince and showered with diamonds away from Rodney and the hovel they called home. He was supposed to look after her, his younger sister but she always seemed to be the one to solve the problems.
Lucy turned quickly at the sound. Freddy was crouched under the window.
“What are you doing there?”
“I have some potatoes for you.”
“And where did they come from, Freddy?”
“Best not know but for a quick kiss, I will let you have the whole sack.”
“Oh will you? Maybe I’ll tell Rodney your plan and he can beat it out of you.”
“Oh, come on, Lucy, one little kiss for a sack of potatoes isn’t much of a bribe is it?”
“Did you steal them from Rodney or Tommy?”
“Does it matter?”
“I suppose not. Come here then and put the sack under this bench then you shall have your one kiss and no more.”
Freddy smiled, threw the sack over his shoulder and hurried in the door. Lucy poised her cheek outward for his kiss and as quickly pulled away.
“I could get you more food for more than a kiss, Lucy.”
“I think that’s enough, Freddy, now off with you.”
Freddy’s shoulders slumped but he left knowing Lucy might be beautiful but also very strong willed.
“Another day, Lucy.”
“Take care, Freddy, if Tommy finds out he’ll be less than pleased to lose a whole sack of potatoes.”
Once Freddy left Lucy pushed the sack further back under the bench with her feet to make sure it was well hidden. Now they would be able to eat for a week or two.
Why don’t you have a go at this prompt. Share your response in the comments.