Cookie Jar


I grew up on Ficlets. There, the writer inside me had a home. I'm a teacher now, and a 4th grader who reminds me so much of myself asked, "Why don't you share your writing with us?" So, I come tentatively, searching for a place to stretch my writing muscles again.

Mom left for work. Sienna rode her bike to band practice. Me alone, left to read my book, do the dishes, then call on the neighbor boy to play.

Ha. Any other day, I'd be happy to boss Jeremy around in a game of pretend until he got bored and started hitting things with sticks, but today, I had bigger fish to fry.

There it was, freshly filled with peanut butter sandwich cookies, on top of the cabinets, where no one could reach without reckless climbing--not even "lanky" Sienna. At least, everyone called her that. I still wasn't exactly sure if "lanky" meant "mean" or "stretched out like a reflection in a fun-house mirror," but here's to hoping it's the second one.

The shiny, pottery teddy bear smiled down at me, and I got mad. It was teasing me, like meanie Jake on the monkey bars at school. "You can't get me, na-na-na-na-boo-boo! What, are you afraid?"

Maybe I was. But that doesn't mean I would be stopped. I couldn't take Jake's head off, but the bear was a different story.


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Comments (3 so far!)

Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Peanut butter sandwich cookies??

Bring on the cabinet climbing, following by the emergency room visits. :)

  • #2837 Posted 5 years ago
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ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

As a parent, I'm a little concerned that she has to call the neighbor boy to play. Wouldn't the Mom have set things up? She seems awfully young to be managing her time, even with a list of instructions.

Otherwise, I knew from the title this was going to be a challenge entry! Great title.

  • #2839 Posted 5 years ago
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Robert Quick

Robert Quick

I do like nearly any kind of cookie with peanut butter!

  • #2866 Posted 5 years ago
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Story challenge:

I challenge you to write a story where something is out of reach (literally or figuratively). This distance should drive the actions of your character(s) and thus your story. All subjects and genres welcome

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