Charli Mills is in the desert this week. Such inhospitable places can be arid or icy but tough to survive. They can be physical as well as emotional. But they can contain surprising examples of resilient life and breathtaking beauty, if only the mind is receptive.
July 20, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about a surprise from a desert. You can interpret desert in any way — an arid body of land, an icy wasteland, a relationship void of humanity; shelves with no books. Once you have that spark, write a surprise twist — an un-burned book in the back of seized shelves or a disco in the arctic.
This week it is Mary’s daughter Penny learning a lesson
‘What did you mean, Penny? ‘She was lost in the dessert.’
‘I meant desert, Miss Layton.’
Penny’s teacher laughed. ‘So your character isn’t lost in a pudding then?’
Penny felt her face burn. She hated English, hated her teacher, hated school. She could feel everyone staring at her, either laughing with the teacher or grateful it wasn’t them being picked on. She had never felt so alone or lost. Like her character, in a desert: alone with no hope.
‘C’mon Penny, let’s get a hot chocolate fudge. Forget about the old bag.’
Penny smiled at Amla. She wasn’t alone.
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