A Story A Day Challenge 2020: Overrated

Overrated

Few things fester disappointment more than finding out someone wasn’t something they claimed to be. Poor Alexa and Jayden already felt the growing doubt.

“He said he could play?” Alexa said.

“Yeah. Said he was good at stickhandling, too,” Jayden told his sister as their new recruit missed the puck and nearly fell. It wasn’t moving.

“What position does he play?”

“Defense, I think.”

Alexa’s face drained of color at that. “Can’t we stick him on the bench?”

Jayden shook his head. “Only if you want to forfeit.”

Alexa groaned. “Sure you don’t want to play goal?”

“Nah, your turn.”

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A Story A Day Challenge 2020: Learn Ya Something

Learn Ya Something

“So, what’d you learn?” his dad asked as he finished cleaning the scrape on Tom’s cheek.

Tom knew there was a lesson in this, but he didn’t care. He’d been in the right. Jesse had taken his bike, so he took Jessie’s. Fair trade and all. So what if Jesse didn’t agree?

He shouldn’t have taken my bike, anyway, Tom thought, but he knew better than to say that.

“Well?” his father asked.

Tom sighed. “Never do it again.”

“Nah, that’s what your mother will say.” His dad cleared his throat. “If he’s bigger, go for the family jewels, boy.”

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A Story A Day Challenge 2020: Out with the Old

Out with the Old

“You know, it might not be so bad. You’ll have new experiences, and new friends. It’ll be just like when I started school,” Marylyn said, smiling at her daughter.

Erin tried to smile back but couldn’t. She ‘d tried being brave like her mom expected, but she’d failed at that.

But she wasn’t sad. Oh no. Sad wasn’t close to what she was feeling.

Eying the other children and not liking how some of them looked too friendly, she looked at her mom. “I know, Mommy. Remember what you said when I put you in a home. Tick tock, Mommy.”

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A Story A Day Challenge 2020: Memories

Memories

Outside, the rain fell in a misting spray, reminding Rebecca of running through her grandparents’ sprinklers as a little girl. The water beaded on the window, like the water had on her skin year earlier, and her smile grew.

It was the first time in over a week she’d been able to smile, but then funerals weren’t supposed to be happy, were they?

Even inheriting the old house that had been in her family for two hundred years hadn’t lessened her grief. Like anything, it took time.

Time had given her precious moments, and those she would never trade away.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2020: Finding the Right Words

Finding the Right Words

He stared at the computer screen, trying to will it into helping him. It’d been like this for hours. Or was it days? He didn’t remember. Couldn’t remember.

All he knew was he needed a cutesy phrase for his character to use, but nothing felt right.

To make things worse, his computer’s autocorrect wasn’t giving him any ideas no matter how many times it messed up his work.

“Baby, any luck?” his wife asked.

“No, not yet.”

“Cheese and crackers. I’m sure you’ll come up with something.”

His mouth fell open, and he typed the words, “Cheese and crackers, baby!”

 

 

 

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A Story A Day Challenge 2020: Wishful Thinking

Wishful Thinking

“I’ve never been so bored in my entire life,” Reynolds said, his sigh echoing in the helmet’s comm system.

“Would you rather be shot at?” Quadrin asked. The two had met the day before, but they had become fast friends.

“Maybe?” Reynolds shrugged. “Anything’s better than guarding an outpost on this mudball. Does anyone even come here anymore?”

Quadrin shook his head. “Not since the last uprising. The rebels needed a base somewhere, I guess.”

“And now we get to man the automated listening post. Great. Just great.”

Quadrin laughed, then pointed to a streak in the sky. “Shit! Incoming!”

 

 

 

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A Story A Day Challenge 2020: Batter Up

Batter Up

“Really, Rick, it’s not you, it’s me,” Amy said, patting her husband on the shoulder to reassure him. It wasn’t often he failed, and she’d always comforted him as best as she could. “Do you want the pill?”

Rick shook his head as he tried to smile for Amy. She was so supportive, it tore him apart when he couldn’t do his one job. “No, I’ll be all right. Maybe we can try again in a few minutes?”

“Sure. Anytime you want.” She kissed his forehead and hugged him while he glared at their taxes.

Maybe an aspirin would help? 

 

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A Story A Day Challenge 2020: Knightly Duties

Knightly Duties

“The city is safe once again, thanks to the Crimson Specter and his sidekick, Ghost Knight—”

“Clyde, honey, that is the corniest story you’ve written yet. Why don’t you try something the paper will publish? No one in the city cares about the Crimson Specter and Ghost whatever. They’re more worried about the gang wars.”

Clyde sighed as he shook his head. “I know my ideas aren’t popular now, but the city needs a hero. Who better to combat the oppression than a superhero?”

His wife shook her head and patted him on the shoulder. “You never give up.”

 

 

 

 

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A Story A Day Challenge 2020: Motherly Touch

Sorry for being late with this. I had some caffeine related problems today and it slipped my mind. Enjoy! 🙂

Motherly Touch

“Empty this; toss out that. Ya’d think old Belle was just a service mule, wouldn’t ya?” Belle grumbled to herself as she poured the piss pot out the window and onto the street below.

A man hollered an expletive at her from below and she countered with, “Watch where ya’s going, then, why don’t ya? If’n I weren’t a lady, I’d take care of ya mouth!”

Pleased with herself, she closed the window and smiled. It wasn’t often her timing was so accurate, but it was always good to get the drop on her son-in-law, who doubled as her landlord.

 

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A Story A Day Challenge 2020:Twice is the Charm

Twice is the Charm

“Really? Again?” Brian asked his girlfriend as he leaned against the bathroom door with his arms crossed across his chest. “You know, I’ve heard just about every rejection imaginable, but no one’s ever gotten sick at the thought of sleeping with me. Twice.”

Jennifer spit what she hoped was the last bit of her dinner into the toilet and shook her head. “I’m sorry, I don’t know why this is happening. I was fine all day.”

It’s just nerves, she told herself. Nothing to do with being late.

Brian let out a heavy sigh. “Need anything?”

“Maybe a pregnancy test?”

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