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January 16 – Optimism

Today’s prompt for Linda Hill’s Just-Jot-It January 2023, OPTIMISM, invites continuation of a new serial about two kids, named Jack and Jill, who fall through a magical stained glass window at the top of a reputedly haunted tower, and land in a bucolic realm, with rolling hills, distant castle, and a gathering of tan-and-brown striped rabbits with red eyes. Whether these rabbits are a fluffle or a colony has yet to be discovered…

We’re about half way through the month, but if you want to play (read others’ posts and/or write your own) here is where you go to join in! If you want to read others’ responses, visit the comments here (https://lindaghill.com/2023/01/16/daily-prompt-jusjojan-the-16th-2023/ , and visit (June @ https://jaquintinwriter.wordpress.com/ ) who provided today’s prompt word.

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Jack smiled back at Jill uncertainly. She stood in front of him, seeming to smile, but her fists on her hips, over the stiff dirndl, and her tight blond braids sticking straight out from her red face, belied that impression. She looked more like a pissed off Heidi, not the tight-jeaned, spaghetti-strapped popular girl he’d brought to the tower. Continue reading

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The challenge? Write a story in 6 sentences, no more & no less, and if you’d like, share your creation or just visit and comment on others’ ideas, with GirlieOnTheEdge, Denise. The prompt is “PASTE”, and here’s where you join the party:  Six Sentence Stories

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“I don’t suppose there’s any good reason to go back up the hill and look for that stained glass window, is there?” Jill – for that’s what we’ll call her for lack of anything better – said as she stood and brushed clover and long grass from the skirt of her dirndl.

“I really don’t know,” answered Jack – named for the same lack – as he jumped to his feet and batted dirt and grass from his heavy blond hair. “I’ve never gotten a girl to go this far with me, before, and certainly never through a magic portal”

“No kidding.” Jill rolled her eyes, head down, and then pasted a smile on as she lifted her head and looked him in the eye, thinking “Well, this was clearly a mistake, to go anywhere with someone who looks so geeky in lederhosen.”

© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2023)

The Hundred Acre Wood Goes Dark

Bunch of carrots

Carrots. Original public domain image from Wikimedia Commons

Family, friends and relations were spread all about the warren’s floor, bellies pooched upwards, at the insistence of their innards. The holiday feast, so successful, meant that nobody had energy enough to grab the remote and turn on the football game. “Oh my!” they all sighed. Continue reading

Sometimes a Miracle!

cartoon PigMaximilian munched on his last MLT sandwich. The sun set over the mesa he lived atop. Years ago, it’d split away – like magic! – as the surrounding continent had sunk under the ocean. The sheep dwindled, while lettuce, tomatoes, and wheat thrived. Continue reading

Well, Why Not? (Part 4)

Sister Indelicata left the cacophony of squeals and laughter behind her; the tall, hardwood door sneezed delicately shut, blessing the happy, healed family. Indelicata’s bare feet whispered swift and sure, softer than the guttering of the beeswax candles that provided more scent than light. Continue reading