Sunday Writing Prompt “5 by 5”

 

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Time

Jason rose from the bench, his teaching finished for the day. Bemused, he watches as she packs her sheet music in her bag and retrieves her cellphone; she is his least favorite pupil. Cara’s not a bad player, she works hard, and she’s better than most of his other students. It is the stench of patchouli oil that puts her in that category, so he holds his breath as much as he can while he watches her play the piano, giving advice from time to time. “See you next week, Mr. J.” “Next week, Cara, don’t forget to practice.”

The following week something is different. Same flowery sundress, same patchouli oil, same banging the keys, then it hits him. The hourglass has sand in it. “Cara, you have sand!” “I know, Mr. J, do you like it? I’m so glad you noticed.” How could he not, the tiny hourglass on the webbing between her thumb and index finger now contained sand, canary yellow sand to be precise. “Do you love it?” “I do, your hourglass has a purpose now.” “Time marches on, Mr. J.” As she packs her bag, Jason hands her a small gift box. “A little something from us to reward you for the time you have spent practicing and learning the piano. Open it when you get home.”

At her next lesson a delicate floral scent follows Cara to the bench. “Thank you so much, Mr. J, I love my gift. I thought it was time for a change too,” a knowing smile on her face, as she begins to play.

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Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie posed a challenge for their “5 by 5” Sunday Writing Prompt. Write a story or poem using one of five words in each of the following categories… a piece of furniture, a scent, a color, a shape, and an item carried in the pocket, wallet, or purse.

 

9 responses

  1. aha, I see you wrote as part of the prompt also. Good story!

    1. Thanks, I like doing these… sometimes. This is one of those times.

  2. A tattoo? The hourglass?
    The only constant is change… so ‘they’ say.

    I can only do puzzles occasionally because they tend to envelope my time – always wanting to find just one more piece 🙂

    1. Oh, silly me… I didn’t connect the dots of the photo you used. Mornings can be a trial sometimes. I was thinking a real hourglass had been in-bedded, sort of sci-fi ish. 😉

    1. Thank you, Violet. These are always fun, and fun to see where the words take you.

  3. Welcome to the prompt what a pleasure to have you =) Wonderful story!

    1. Thank you, fun prompt. I like these kind of prompts, sometimes.

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