A hallmark of Spring is when the weather finally warms up enough to leave the windows open at night. It’s very pleasant to sleep with a cool breeze and fresh air blowing through the room. At least until about 4am when one of those other hallmarks of Spring happens; Eau de Pepe le Pew. One moment you are pleasantly in dreamland and the next you are roused by the horrible stench of skunk. At first, having been rudely awakened, you’re a little disoriented, but the aroma grows; it won’t be denied. You stumble out of bed and rush to the window to shut it; but you are too late. Even closed the pungent smell is lurking in the air. It lingers, oh how it lingers, the wanderer long gone but not forgotten.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike the little critters. They are actually kind of cute. Heck my very first stuffed animal was a skunk, Flower from Bambi, my Dad gave it to me when I was just a baby. But that smell, that horrible smell. Hhhhhmmmmm, I wonder, what was my Dad actually saying with that gift?
Let’s Get Emotional
My goal with the challenge this year is to use it as an exercise to write something focused on a particular emotion. I hope to convey that mood or feeling through word choice in the story. I welcome your feedback on what worked or didn’t for you in each piece.
Once upon a time...
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