Charli Mills, who is having a hard old time of things just now wants us to change the world with a smile. Here’s her prompt
May 24, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that changes with a smile. It can be a character, tone, setting or any creative use of smile. You can go deep and consider motive and influence, or you can light up the world with a brilliant flash (of teeth as well as fiction). And smile, because your writing matters and is not hostage to your level, experience or circumstances.
I’m an optimist, a meliorist and one of the Smiley People. There are too many people who enjoy sucking the juice out of life with a moan and a grumble and a whinge and a rant. Sure, we all do it and we have every right to but, for me, I want to spend my days with people who still look for humour in horror, for fun in the fearful, laughter in the lethargic and happiness where hopelessness pervades.
This sums it up for me
And Mary? Well this week it’s her nearly teenage daughter Penny, who learns a lesson.
Hope wrapped in a smile
Penny hesitated before pushing the doorbell. She heard the clip-clop of heels as someone approached the door. ‘Yes?’
‘Is Helen in?’
The woman frowned. ‘Who are you?’
‘Penny. She’s in…’
‘Are you one of the girls who did this?’
‘Who is it Mum.’
‘Someone called Penny. She says…’
A girl similar to Penny stepped into the gloom. Penny squinted into the dark, wondering at the reception she would receive. She heard a sob and hurried forward to hold her friend. Over Helen’s shoulder she saw Helen’s mother. She smiled and Penny smiled back. Maybe it would be alright.
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