Friday October 30th, 2015

The exercise:

Write four lines of prose about: forcing the issue.

Took the car in this afternoon to get new winter tires put on. So it's that time of year, I guess.

We're more or less all set for Halloween here. I'm taking Max into town for the annual Trick or Treat Main Street event, which runs from 11 to 3 and is geared toward the littlest of the little kids. It's his first time trick or treating and he's pretty excited. The plan is to meet up with some of his friends and go as a group. We're hoping to have Natalie with us as well but the timing may not work out.

Oh, and don't worry. There will most definitely be pictures to share tomorrow.


"You just couldn't let it go, could you?"

"Come on... you can hardly blame me for this."

"Oh, I can very easily blame you for this, seeing as it's your bloody fault we're in this mess!"

"I'm sure Sarah will change her mind soon; until then, can't we try to enjoy being in jail for the first time in our lives?"


Greg said...

That sounds like a good way to get the kids involved with trick-or-treating without exposing them overmuch. I like the idea it's more of a community thing than anything else. I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures and Max's costume though!
Hmm, I wonder who Sarah is and what she needs to change her mind about? A suitably mysterious four lines for Hallowe'en I think!

Forcing the issue
"Congratulations, your Majesty, it's a girl!" The doctor's face fell as the King shook his head grimly and turned to the Court Mage.
"Just because you want a son for an heir doesn't mean that I should use magic to change the child's sex," said the Court Mage primly, his voice cutting off to a squeak and his eyes bulging as the King seized him by the throat. When the King released him he massaged his throat and managed, "Fine, fine, if you will insist on forcing the issue...."

[Bad puns in just four lines? I don't mind if I do... :)]

Marc said...

Greg - to be honest, I have no idea who Sarah is and what issue was being forced. Good thing I only had four lines, huh?

Hah. I don't envy that Court Mage. I feel even worse for the newborn though!

morganna said...

I'm late with this. But I decided to do NaNoWriMo and used this prompt to come up with an opening paragraph.
Charlotte walked slowly through the snow to the garden shed. It was time to bring the bulbs inside for forcing. It had been a cold winter so far, and the snow was up to Charlotte's knees. Even though it was hard to walk, Charlotte was excited because it was the first time Grandmother had sent her to bring the bulbs into the house for forcing. In the summer, Charlotte and Grandmother had carefully lifted the bulbs from the ground when they were done blooming, and put them in a dry place in the shed. In the autumn, they had planted most of the bulbs in the garden, but some of them they left in the shed. Now it was time to bring them into the warm house, put them in water or soil, and they would bloom in the darkest part of winter, brightening the days with their cheery white, blue, and yellow faces.

Marc said...

Morganna - ah, best of luck with Nano this year! Keep us updated on how it's going :)

And, after reading this, feel free to share a scene or two or six from your tale this month. Because I am quite curious to see what comes next.