Shepherd


“Looky here, Miss.”  Becky pointed to a gap in her smile.  “Twenty bucks!”
Eileen frowned.  “Tooth Fairy only gives me a quarter.” 
Whistle blew.  Recess ended.  I shepherded students back inside to learn.

This was written for this weekend's Trifecta Writing Challenge.  I may have cheated a bit: 

"On to this weekend's challenge, which will be judged by the community.  The trickiness of this past week's prompt has us thinking about the various ways we use words.  This weekend we want you to write a 33-word response using the name of an animal as a verb.  Some examples are: to dog, to snake, to bear, to duck. . .you get the idea.  Write about anything you want and use whichever verb tense you need, but give us an animal as a verb in there somewhere.  Let's see if we can discover new things by looking from a different perspective."

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Shepherd


“Looky here, Miss.”  Becky pointed to a gap in her smile.  “Twenty bucks!”
Eileen frowned.  “Tooth Fairy only gives me a quarter.” 
Whistle blew.  Recess ended.  I shepherded students back inside to learn.

This was written for this weekend's Trifecta Writing Challenge.  I may have cheated a bit: 

"On to this weekend's challenge, which will be judged by the community.  The trickiness of this past week's prompt has us thinking about the various ways we use words.  This weekend we want you to write a 33-word response using the name of an animal as a verb.  Some examples are: to dog, to snake, to bear, to duck. . .you get the idea.  Write about anything you want and use whichever verb tense you need, but give us an animal as a verb in there somewhere.  Let's see if we can discover new things by looking from a different perspective."

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11 Comments:

At August 24, 2012 at 9:28 PM , Anonymous JannaTWrites said...

Ouch. The importance of finding the going rate cannot be underestimated. (I got pocket change, as well.)

 
At August 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM , Anonymous Tessa said...

You might have cheated just a little LOL! Good job!
http://finallyawriter.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/trifextra-week-thirty-get-it-out/

 
At August 25, 2012 at 4:02 AM , Blogger lumdog2012 said...

Poor Eileen. I only got a quarter too! Nice one.

 
At August 25, 2012 at 5:01 AM , Anonymous kgwaite said...

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Poor Eileen. I only got a quarter too! Nice one.

 
At August 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM , Anonymous Marie Nicole said...

Twenty bucks! I'm sure some kids would be knocking their own teeth out if word gets out that's the going rate

 
At August 25, 2012 at 10:05 AM , Anonymous Ruby Manchanda said...

I love the last line. All in all, a nice story.

 
At August 25, 2012 at 1:57 PM , Anonymous MOV said...

looks like all the learning happened outside.

best,
MOV

 
At August 25, 2012 at 1:57 PM , Anonymous R.L.W. said...

WTH? The Tooth Fairy ripped me off as a child! Obviously the collection of teeth is not subject to free market competition. Great work!

 
At August 25, 2012 at 5:37 PM , Anonymous Lcvernon said...

I'd knock out my own teeth for $20!

 
At August 25, 2012 at 5:42 PM , Anonymous kgwaite said...

@Marie Nicole, @Lcvernon, @RLW, @MOV, @Ruby @Lumdog, @Tessa @JannaT
This actually happened to me a few years back. For two years, as part of my teaching contract, I was on morning recess duty. Interesting times...

 
At August 26, 2012 at 7:31 PM , Anonymous Imelda said...

uh-oh! one tooth fairy has to seriously raise her rates or she'll lose a client. Ooopps! She'd have an Occupy Tooth Fairy scenario, instead. ;-)

Seriously, 20 bucks are just too much! :-D

 

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