Saturday, May 22, 2010

If it weren't for bad luck....

I'm finally taking the plunge and joining Jenny Matlock for her Saturday Centus. This is a themed writing meme. We are provided with a prompt, (in blue) and then write a tale using 100 words or less. This is a great creative exercise, and the talent out there is really amazing.
Make sure to visit all the links, I think you'll be pleased to find some really great voices out in blogland!


I look back over my shoulder, squinting into the late afternoon sun, gawking with stunned alarm at the broad rolling muddy waters of the Mississippi.

How did the water rise so fast? Did I dare risk going back to retrieve that tiny slip of paper?
Of all the times for the air conditioning to fail! If the windows had not been open, that little piece of salvation would still be sitting in the sticky cup holder. Instead, it was swept away in that churning, chocolate foam that only hours ago had been a lazy winding river. Typical of my luck. Then, a memory of Mama telling us that we make our own luck. A slow U turn on the slick road, back to retrieve mine.

30 comments:

Viki said...

Oh, I wonder what was on that little slip of paper LOL. That certainly got my curiosity going. Loved the music accompanying your centus. Great job.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Wow! I want to read the rest of this story! You did a great job of describing the scene and the feelings. You are very good at this. laurie

jeff campbell said...

Wow! This is good. Salvation on a slip of paper...life's precarious balance hanging by the slimmest of margins...I want to know more...Peace and blessings

Kathysue said...

Oooooh! Very good Kat!! It is making me want to read the rest!1 Now if I am not wrong I think that is called, " Good Writing!!" Hugs Kathysue

Cheryl said...

This is a great twist on the prompt. I too would love to know what's on that slip of paper. Love the message.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Kat, you are good. I felt like I was there and could visualize the whole scene. Now I need to know what was on that special piece of paper. Great story. Hugs, Marty

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

I love it, Kat! You are finding a new profession...writing! I am betting that the piece of paper is a winning lottery ticket! lol Here, a teacher with 5 children won $150,000 after losing the ticket and then finding it under a chair in the basement! Lucky lady! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Lady Banana said...

Now I need to know what's on that slip of paper - very good!

Helen said...

My bet? A lottery ticket!

easternsparkle said...

I was beaten to my guess of a lottery ticket!!!!

Always Nesting said...

I just KNEW this would be awesome!! I'm right there with every word.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Excellent, Kat! You did a great job on this one. :-)

XO,

Sheila

Amanda said...

Who says you can't write like Rick Bragg? This was wonderful!

Terra said...

Maybe a lotto ticket? Wonderful!

xinex said...

Great short story, Kat! You are such an excellent writer..Christine

cjschlottman said...

We all love a good mystery! Now we''ll never know for sure about the piece of paper. A phone number, maybe a link to a past love? Good writing and great imagination!

My name is PJ. said...

REALLY fabulous, Kathy! I'm very, very impressed with everyone's work this week. You should be proud.

Amy said...

I want to read more!! You're writing is lovely.

Lois said...

Very intriguing Kathy! Well done.

Mister Jenny said...

Good job!

Mumsy said...

That's interesting, and I also wondering what was in the little piece of paper.

Tracy said...

what was it a lottery ticket, a safety deposit reciept my mind is working over time to work it out

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Great job Kathy! It made me want to read more!

Vicki said...

Not a lotto ticket...a note from a past lover...with a phone #.....
Great take on this (o:

Me said...

Really good

Jenny said...

Kathy, I'm going to thump you in the head...in a nice way, of course!

You said you couldn't write like this!

You can! You can!

This is great!

Loved it!

Was the slip of paper for the secret chocolate cupcake recipe you finally weasled out of your ex-husbands new girlfriends private chef?

paige said...

This is so creative. Like everyone else, I really really want to know what's on that sheet of paper! The mind boggles.

Melissa Miller said...

Very nice! Kathy you are truly talented. I really enjoyed reading this snippet. I hope you write a book one day for sure. *Smiles*

Have a blessed week sweet friend.
~Melissa :)

James said...

Excellent! You are blessed with writting skills. I have a hard time writting comments.

I totally understand being busy. I hope your business doe very well.

Shellbelle said...

I always say that good writing leaves you wanting more. Okay, I know someone else said that first, but hey, it's my comment.

Anyway, I can tell by what others wrote, that you did just that. Congrats on a job well-done!