Saturday, February 11, 2012

As luck would have it....

Jenny Matlock over at off on my tangent has been handing out writing assignments for an unbelievable 93 weeks. Jenny hands us a prompt and the devoted followers that take her challenge are asked to write something using the prompt and a couple of extra words, the number of  extra words this week is 100 (plus the prompt, which I've placed below in BOLD italics) All are welcome to participate.

It's been a long time since I've joined the fun, today, I just couldn't resist.

My story is a nod to one of my favorite fictional characters...the young and delightful Harriet, from Harriet the spy, a children's novel by Louise Fitzhugh that was published in 1964.

I was fascinated by Harriet and her escapades and if I could go back and do it all again it would be holding a composition notebook and a Ticonderoga pencil (or two) to accurately record every single minute.

Thanks for reading...

Harriet arrived nice and early. A carefully chosen curb seat would provide up close access, of utmost importance from a reporting standpoint. When she heard the wedding was at the firehouse she knew where she’d be Saturday afternoon, 12:00 sharp. Her black and white marbled composition book rested patiently on her lap.  Soon, Harriet busily recorded word for word the ceremony, the vows. Just as they were about to kiss Harriet began to choke on a chunk of pink eraser she’d accidentally bit off and swallowed. She later had her picture professionally taken with the groomsman who saved her life. 

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
~William Wordsworth


  1. So happy you joined us today! I am a true fan of Harriet as well. What a great storyline you picked to bring forth this wedding at the firehouse....only thing missing (for me) is a photo of the man who saved her life! ...or maybe it was the white dog with black spots!

  2. I was hoping to see that groomsman, straight out of the firemen's calendar!! Good one!!!

  3. Interesting take! My girls and I loved Harriet the spy also.

  4. Love this! I like where you took this and the end was perfect!~Ames

  5. Such a great a job. Not only was it a clever story, but I loved the voice.


  6. Timing of course, is everything - did the happy couple get to kiss or not?
    Harriet sounds like quite the reporter. I'm glad the groomsman saved her!

  7. Hi! So nice to 'see' you here!

    Have you ever seen the Harriet the Spy movies? I love them!

    And I really enjoyed how you perfectly captured the spirit of writing from the books!

    This was a neat take on the prompt!

    Thanks for participating.


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