Stories by Sarah

Once Upon A Time

Once upon a time, a girl opened a book, and began reading, ‘Once upon a time, a girl opened a book, and began reading’, “Once upon a time a girl…”

By Sarah ©2017

 

Prompt: Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges, Day 21
Task:Write a story in 25 words or less about a book.

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Amaltheia

Prompt: Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges, Day 20
Task: Write a poem in under 20 lines inspired by a myth, legend or fairy tale.

By Sarah


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The warm honey glow of the late afternoon sun, was a contrast to the prickling cool of the mountain air on her skin. She climbed to her vantage point, high above the valleys. The ‘T-tree’ had been formed one night when Zeus’ lightning bolt had cleaved it in two – destroying the wine-red leaves of Autumn. The remaining limbs had sagged and sighed their defeat, for it was Winter now and the cornucopia were full for the cold months ahead. It was from here she loved to watch over the world below. The mountain goats were drawn here also and she liked to imagine it was because they were summoned by her power; taking their place beside her in the stars.

nourishing earth’s child
Amaltheia; Capricorn;
goat goddess endures.


By Sarah ©2017

Author’s note: In Greek mythology, Amaltheia is the she-goat Goddess who nourished Zeus as an…

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Belgrave Emporium

It’s the morning after my brother’s wedding and we are feeling a little…seedy, at best. After a wholesome recovery breakfast of bacon and eggs, my husband and I take a wander down the Main Street of Belgrave, a tiny outer suburb of Melbourne, in the Dandenong Ranges. I notice a shop I didn’t see before: Belgrave Emporium. 

“Let’s go in!” I plead with my husband.

As it turns out, Belgrave Emporium is a exciting retail space in the heart of the little village. As we wander and browse, I am struck by the eclectic mix of wares on sale.

I mention to my husband that it seems as though this is not just one store, but many stores. And it turns out I’m right.

Belgrave Emporium indeed, houses seventy hand picked boutique stalls, ranging from vintage clothing, handmade accessories by local jewellers, artisan home wares, quirky art and prints, and much more.

We ended up spending an hour (and a fortune in the store), and with so much to look at, our hangover woes were soon forgotten. I highly recommend a stop in if you’re ever in the area!

By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges, Day 19
Task: You’re on your way to work and a new, strange-looking shop has opened over night. You are drawn to it and go in but what – or who – is inside? Tell us in less than 100 words.

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The Shopping List

My husband does not like doing the shopping with me.

It’s not that he doesn’t appreciate my company or the help. It’s the fact that when I go with him, our shop is typically $50 more than usual. 

This is because I am a sucker. I’m one of those people who sees ‘half price‘ or ‘two for the price of one‘ and am instantly reeled in. Hypnotised by the promise of something special that will save me money!

Nevermind, that I don’t particularly have a use for a double ended head torch (let alone two!); or that it will take us a year to get through the 18 rolls of paper towel for $8. I just see stuff and have to have it.

My husband suggests writing a shopping list, which is what we did today.

It didn’t help. Sometimes, you just have to put it down to an irritating quirk; a trial of being married to someone like me…


By Sarah ©2017


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Prompt: Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges, Day 18
Task: The prompt is “shopping list”. The format and length are your choice.

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Sea Break

The sand squishes beneath my toes. I feel the warmth of each grain. I inhale deeply and, simultaneously both smell and taste the salty air. I stretch my arms above my head and listen to the small waves lap against the shoreline. 

I open my eyes; sigh at the recreated memory, and get back to work.

By Sarah ©2017


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Prompt: Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges, Day 17; Daily Post Daily Prompt, recreate
Task: Write a 50 word story on the theme of memory.

Free Verse, Poetry by Sarah

Echo

In the beginning my heart was brave.
She asked “Is there anyone out there who will
love me ’til the end?”

An echo replied, “I will love you for a little while,
But I cannot promise eternity
.”

Eventually, when my heart was cleaved in two.
She asked, “Will anyone love me,
when I am so  broken?”

The echo replied, “Nay.”

My heart realised that first,
she must love herself.
She put out the call, one last time.
“Is there anyone who will love me,
Just as I am?

This time, the echo, 
Was an echo of her own words.
At last! My heart had found you.

And we both realised,
We had been looking 
For each other all along.

By Sarah ©2017


Dedicated to my husband Darrell, on this, our fourth wedding anniversary.

Prompt: Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges, Day 16; Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Saturday Mix, Opposing Forces – 16 September 2017
Task: Write a poem on the theme of “echo”. Any length.

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1976

“What a an eventful year it’s been,” Linda exclaimed to her husband Frank, as they waited for the New Year’s Eve fireworks to begin.

“Agreed.” Frank replied, in Frank’s way.

“We’ve seen the 1st Mars landing; Fidel Castro become the President of Cuba; and the 8.2 magnitude Tangshan Earthquake, claim the largest loss of life from an earthquake in the 20th century. What a mixed bag!”

“Agreed.” Frank replied.

“But I don’t know about this Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founding some ‘Apple’ Computer company in a garage! I can’t see that going anywhere!” Linda scoffed.

“Agreed.” Frank replied….

By Sarah ©2017


Prompt: Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges, Day 15
Task: Write a 50 word story set in the year you were born. You don’t have to declare what year that was 😉

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The Decider


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Dream or nightmare? A clown is the decider.

By Sarah ©2017



Prompt: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Photo Challenge #180; Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges, Day 14, Task: Write a story in less than 10 words about a dream.

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Another Planet

Sometimes I feel like the teaching bureaucracy is from another planet.

In fact, most days.

Ok, all the time.

And now for some teacher sympathy, I mean, humour…

By Sarah 

Prompt: Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges, Day 13
Task: The prompt is “another planet”. Format and length is your choice.

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Boundaries

Lives.
Torn. 
Borders.
A fenceline.
A wall. Dark waters.
Sometimes boundaries need crossing.



By Sarah ©2017



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Prompt: Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges, Day 12
Task: Write a poem about boundaries or a boundary. Any length.

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Taking Hold

Half spluttering, half laughing, I emerged from under the wave. It had been a big one! I turned to see my husband successfully catching it all the way to shore. I gave him a thumbs up and looked for the next set, swelling further out to sea. 

It was a magical day for boogie boarding. The sun was warm, but not too hot. The water was clear cerulean blue. And most importantly, the tide was full on high. I spied a beauty rolling in and positioned my body ready. Kick, kick. Legs pumping and then elation, as I felt the lift of my board taking hold.

By Sarah ©2017


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Prompt: Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges, Day 11
Task: Write a story in 100 words or less set in the ocean.

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The New Job?

The interview had gone well and my references had been checked. My phone began to ring – it was them!

 I answered, unsure whether I felt hope or fear…

By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges, Day 10
Task: Write a story in less than 30 words that includes the words: hope, fear, unsure.

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It Wasn’t Me

I entered the toilet cubicle and cringed. Someone had left behind brown offerings of what appeared to be a chilli or bean lunch. Holding my breath I reached for the flush, but to my horror, the water and contents began to rise. Oh no! I thought, praying for it to stop. Thankfully it ceased filling and I decided to use another toilet. I opened the door and apologetically said to the person waiting, “It wasn’t me!”

By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges, Day 8
Task: Write a story in 75 words or less using the opening line, “It wasn’t me”.

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Admirals Arch

Located at Cape du Couedic, Admirals Arch is a beautiful natural rock arch that displays the power of the ocean and weathering which has shaped the coastline.
 
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Yawning
Black mouth,
Hungrily swallowing seas.
Angry tides carve rock
Away.


By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges, Day 6
Task: Write a poem inspired by a cave. Any length

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The Mosquito and The Spider


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One day a mosquito became ensnared in a web. The spider, placing one spindly leg after the other, eagerly stalked towards its helpless prey.

“Please don’t eat me,” pleaded the mosquito.

The spider laughed and replied, “Eat you? Don’t you know we spiders are unable to chew our food? No, I’m going to suck you up and drink your liquefied insides!”

The spider waggled his fangs and began to suck the mosquito through his short drinking straw mouth.

Once the lifeless mosquito was drained, the spider began to itch terribly from the inside out. He had forgotten that the enzymes inside the insect caused a terrible allergic reaction. He scratched and scratched until he too, was no more.

Moral – Beware those you think can be sucked dry; for they may have inside knowledge.

By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges, Day 5
Task: Write a fable (a story with a lesson in it) in 100 words or less.

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Reply All

Reply all.
Could there be a more potentially dangerous error when emailing?
That bowel clenching terror as you realise, too late, you have included everyone in your reply…

Original email, to the office: Just wanted to shoot everyone an e-mail to say you guys really impressed Ed with the presentation yesterday. Great job, keep up the good work.

Reply-all, from Claire: Thanks.

Reply-all, from Laura: If Claire sends one more dumbass reply-all like that I swear I’m going to f—ing quit!!!

Source: College humour

Prompt: Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges, Day 4
Task: The prompt is “email”. The length and format are your choice.

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Frosted

Frosted
green blades
crunch under foot.
Bracing breaths; foggy skies.
Winter.

By Sarah ©2017


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George Hiles

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” 
– John Steinbeck

Prompt: Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges – 3 September 2017
Task: Write a poem in less than 10 lines on the theme of winter.

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Snail Mail

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Tears smudged fresh ink on the paper. She replaced her quill, carefully blotted the damp patches; blowing on them until they were dry and sealed the letter. Her heart ached as she handed it on. The long process had begun again. It would be months before she would receive reply.

By Sarah ©2017

 

Prompt: Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges – 2 September 2017
Task: Write a story in 50 words that is set in the past.