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Saturday Centus: “Trick or treat” October 16, 2010

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This is the Saturday Centus entry for Jenny Matlock’s blog. Again, the rules are: using the prompt, write a 100 word (not counting the prompt) story. This week’s prompt is “”Trick or treat!” they shouted as the door opened. .  .”  I’ve marked it in red.


“Trick or treat!” they shouted as the door opened slowly. The children jockeyed for position on the porch.  The plastic of their costumes rustled as they tried to look through the opening door. No candy was coming. They began to mutter, their words indistinguishable under stiff masks. The eldest, Susan, pulled the superhero face up on top of her head so she wasn’t trying to look through the limiting eye-holes.  Still, there was no smiling neighbor with a bowl of candy, or anyone at all. The other children pushed her forward and she stepped in the door.

“There’s no one. . .” The door slammed and the children screamed.


Saturday Centus: “If I had a hammer. . .” October 9, 2010

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Saturday Centus post for Jenny Matlock’s blog

Saturday Centus rules: You can use UP to 100 words to tell your story. The prompt does not count for your 100 words AND it must be left intact in the body of your story. No illustrations are permitted. Your story can be fact or fiction, just keep it PG, please!

This story is because apparently I have October on the brain. I  put the prompt in red.


The sound of shuffling footsteps and dripping water echoed through the cavern.  A table in the center of the room contained a large, sheet-covered shape.

“Not right!”  The lab-coat clad scientist pulled his hair. The shuffling footsteps paused, a hesitant voice responded.

“Sir? Is there a problem?”

This is the problem!” He threw the sheet back from the experiment, exposing the woman on the table.

“She’s beautiful.” The assistant said with a sigh as he cringed.

“You brought me the wrong ears! How can we infiltrate the beauty pageant circuit now? If only,” He tipped his head and squinted.  “If I had a hammer . . .”


Saturday Centus October 4, 2010

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Saturday Centus Rules: A prompt is given (from Jenny Matlock’s blog), and you must write 100 words about the prompt.

Normally the prompt doesn’t count in the word count, but this time it is a visual prompt so it obviously doesn’t.

“How about this pumpkin?”

“No. Too small,” she tipped her head sideways to look.

“This one?” He asked, desperation creeping into his voice.

“No. Do you see that soft spot underneath? It will rot too quickly.”

“I found the perfect pumpkin!”

She gasped, “Are you kidding? That one is way too big.”

“How can it be too big?” He wrinkled his nose.

“Because I know that I will be the one cleaning out all the seeds,” her shiny black nose and whiskers trembled, “and we certainly don’t need all that space for our furniture.”


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