“It was a dark and stormy night …”
“Are there frogs, mommy?” my four-year old daughter asked, her eyes huge.
I smiled and hugged her. “No. No yucky frogs.”
“Frogs scare me,” she said and snuggled closer.
“I know, baby.” I went back to the book. “It was a dark–”
“How dark? I’m scared of the dark.”
I sighed. “I know honey. It wasn’t too dark.” I opened my mouth to start again.
“Are there big dogs? Big dogs scare me,” she whispered and looked around in terror.
I winced and looked at her scars. “Yeah, me too, baby.”
Write exactly 100 words, fact or fiction…It was a dark and stormy night.
This is a themed writing meme hosted by Jenny Matlock. The goal is to write something that does not exceed 100 words (not including said prompt). The prompt appears in italics.
18 thoughts on “Scared of Everything”
Really great job with this SC! You had me smiling and giggling throughout it and then I was side-swept by that last line. Really powerful.
Reading to a child can be a challenge, and they usually end up writing the book as you go along! Great reminder of reading to Parrish when he was small. Thanks for sharing your talent.
A sweet moment of parent/child bonding with a very heart wrenching twist at the end. Well done!
What a beautifully captured snippet of daily life. And that last line just took my breath away. Wonderfully written!
This is great! I want to read more… 🙂
Awww! So typical…so warm…so endearing. Thank you for that small glimpse of such a real life conversation between mother and child!
I just posted two assignments on one post. I’m bad, but please come visit me anyway!
Wow, that was a wonderful entry, Karen. I felt like I was watching a movie. Loved the heart-tugging ending. Excellent job!
love what you did with this prompt!
Hi Karen. So nice to see you here. The dialogue in this little story was so perfectly crafted.
Excellent use of the prompt.
Thank you for sharing your talent with us.
Excellent take on the prompt K! She is one scared little poppet!
I liked this. It rang so true.
These are the moments from which great parents emerge.
OH WOW~ I really liked this. the toddler interrupting at each phrase, the thoughts, the fears the realism. Very nice.
The harshness underneath the delictate reading to a child—handled well.
Nice and tightly written. Welcome to Chez Jenny’s!
Wow! I’ve seen those scars. On my older sister. It wasn’t until I was much older that I learned they came from a dog when she was but a toddler. This was an excellent treatise on Ms. Jenny’s prompt. I’m glad to have stopped by.
What a twist at the ending. I wasn’t expecting “her scars”. I think there is much more to this story. Good Centus.
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