This week’s six sentence story uses the cue drill. Can you tell a story in six long or short sentences? A story that introduces characters, delineates a setting and plot and some sort of resolution? It’s the challenge each week, offered by our friend Ivy, where bloggers join in and share their creative efforts.
It had been drilled into Laura’s head since she was a young girl in elementary school, that education and intellectual pursuits were more important than social gatherings and having fun.
Through high school, this did not pose much of an issue, because who wanted to socialize with a nerdy, brainy type who always had her nose in a book, her hair always a mess, awkwardly running to class with one white sock pulled higher than the other?
Things changed though, when Laura became a senior and everyone was scrambling to write essays and get their applications into the colleges of their choices.
Her classmates wanted to know where she was applying and if she had any tips for writing the iconic college essay and maybe they could study for SATs with her, and hey, they really liked the ballerina flats she traded in for her Sketchers.
She felt a personal power that she had never experienced before, confidence that blossomed like the time lapsed video of a lotus, because of the personal attention, or the shoes, she wasn’t sure.
By the time prom and graduation came around, her priorities were changing and that static message became a twinge of guilt each time she enjoyed the philosophy her new-found friends imparted – all work and no play is not good for the soul.
NOTE: Sometimes writing the intro and the extro take as much “dig down deep and see what you come up with” as writing the story.