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November 21, 2021

From Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch is this week’s challenge.

November 18, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write about tools. Whose tools are they and how do they fit into the story? What kind of tools? Go where the prompt leads!


The guys asked Richie to do bad things. Once they asked him to go into Wagner’s drugstore and steal a Playboy magazine. Nice Mr. Wagner, but he did it anyway.

Once they said, “Richie, ask Jenny Edwards for a date.”

“She doesn’t like me,” he said.

“C’mon, it’ll be funny,” they said.

Jenny and the guys laughed. Richie laughed with them, but he was scared, and he hurt.

Richie wasn’t stupid. He ignored their loud whispers; he rationalized their laughter. He told himself he wasn’t a tool.

Making friends was difficult, and Richie believed this was better than nothing.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2021 8:34 am

    I love Matisyahu!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Anonymous permalink
    November 24, 2021 6:15 pm

    Poor Richie. I hope he finds real friends.


  3. November 24, 2021 6:16 pm

    I hope Richie finds real friends, not these that just tool on him.


  4. November 24, 2021 10:45 pm

    Richie will develop better social tools as he learns. You do a good job of building empathy for his character and situation.



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