In my last post I mentioned I attended CONvergence. While there I participated in the Iron Pen Drabble Contest. The challenge was this, write a one hundred word story, in one hour, and must include an object not to be revealed until the start of the contest. This year’s object was a fuzzy blue and yellow beanie with blue and yellow streamers attached to it.
I’d never tried to write a story quite that short before. And definitely not one with so many restrictions. It couldn’t go one word over or under 100. So without further ado, here’s what I came up with.
by Susan Taitel
“This is the happiest day of my life!” Mara’s sister enthused.
“You don’t even know him.”
“He picked me!” She lifted the blue and yellow helm. The traditional noodles swept back and forth as she spoke. “I can’t believe he picked me!”
“I don’t think you’ve thought it through. What about college?”
“It doesn’t matter anymore. He’s the prince.”
Mara watched her older sister proudly stepped to her destiny. The prince’s talons closed around her. Her sister beamed as she was lifted to his gaping maw. As the last yellow streamer disappeared behind the royal teeth, Mara heard “I do.”
If I had to do it again I’d change a few of the words, but it’s 100 words with a beginning, middle, and end.