Daily Prompt: Being Perfect!

Daily Prompt: What’s your idea of a perfect day off: one during which you can quietly relax, doing nothing, or one with one fun activity lined up after the other? Tell us how you’d spend your time.

I would sleep in until nine o’clock and spend the morning driving around visiting various members of my family (because I love journeys). For lunch we’d get fish and chips and then laze around for the next few hours watching a movie or back-to-back episodes of Four in a Bed or Come Dine with Me. When we got slightly bored, we’d drive to Hobbycraft or The Range and just spend a couple of hours looking at the Christmas decorations and artsy stuff, looking at the things we most likely can’t afford but enjoy it anyway. And finally in the evening, I would have a great party to look forward to with loads of new people to meet and where no-one is stupidly drunk. There. Is any of that weird? And will this day ever come?!

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Daily Prompt: Being Eccentric!

Daily Prompt: We all have that one eccentric relative who always says and does the strangest things. In your family, who’s that person, and what is it that earned him/her that reputation?

We have a few in our family. There’s the uncle whose toilet stories never fail to make everyone cry with laughter. There seems to be a different incident for each place he’s visited! One that I can remember (and that isn’t too disgusting) is his encounter with self-cleaning toilets in France. He held the door open for someone to go in after him, and, forgetting that the toilet literally showered itself down after the door shuts, listened as the person inside got a soaking!

Then there’s my other uncle. Let’s just say he’s a food snob. And a big one at that. I have never met someone who thinks Chinese food is boring and would rather eat lotus roots!

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Daily Prompt: Being Nostalgic!

Daily Prompt: Is there a period in your own personal life that you think of as the good old days? Tell us a story about those innocent and/or exciting times (or lack thereof).

When I think back to my childhood, it seems unfair to clump just one period together as ‘the good old days’. For me, I’ve had many fun and memorable times spread out over my whole life (mixed in with the not so good, of course). As for stories, I have plenty of them too! The time my parents bought me and my sister a climbing frame for Christmas and managed to set it up on Christmas Eve without us noticing; our love of playing spies and going on missions with my night vision goggles and voice recorder; taking more than one cookie once at infant school and getting caught; attaching carrier bags to our teddies and making them parachute out the window – and the list goes on, hopefully with more to come!

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Daily Prompt: Being Locked Out!

Daily Prompt: You’ve been given a key that can open one building, room, locker, or box to which you don’t normally have access. How do you use it, and why?

Unless it was a key to Narnia (or a similar magical place which just happens to exist outside of Disneyland) I don’t think I’d bother. There are no buildings, rooms, lockers or boxes that I have a burning desire to explore – not yet anyway. Plus, I would be too scared of getting caught trespassing. And if I did want to break into the Krispy Kreme factory, how would I get past all the security?

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Daily Prompt: Being Patient!

Daily Prompt: “Good things come to those who wait.” Do you agree? How long is it reasonable to wait for something you really want?

I’m not sure how much I agree with this. It all depends on the situation! Some things you can’t help but wait for, like being patient for the few days before you hear if you got the job or not, other things you should probably act upon before it’s too late. What if everyone used this statement to get out of doing things? We’d never get anything done!

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Daily Prompt: Being Old!

Daily Prompt: Present-day you meets 10-years-ago you for coffee. Share with your younger self the most challenging thing, the most rewarding thing, and the most fun thing they have to look forward to.

The most challenging thing – the school work. The college work. Applying for a countless number of jobs and being rejected. But it’s not all bad!

The most rewarding thing – possibly getting good GCSE grades, although more recently I’m tempted to say passing my theory test. Hopefully I’ll have passed the practical soon!

The most fun thing – I’m changing this to ‘things’. All of the concerts and gigs I have been to. Going to Paris on a school trip and driving past Johnny Depp’s apartment. Taking part in a German exchange with school and walking to McDonalds at one in the morning. And we mustn’t forget the onesie parties!

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Daily Prompt: Being Handmade!

Daily Prompt: What’s the best present you’ve ever received that was handmade by the giver, not store-bought? Tell us what made it so special.

For my birthday last year, my sister bought me a little box with an anchor print to match my bedroom. When I opened it, there was a tiny blue origami swan which she had made for me. It was only small, but I intend to keep it until it becomes crumpled and ripped. It was lovely because I don’t usually get handmade gifts – plus my sister knows how bad I am at making origami birds!

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Daily Prompt: Being Short!

Daily Prompt: Our ten-minute free-write is back for another round! Tap away on whatever comes to mind, no filters attached. (Feel free to edit later, or just publish as-is).

Today I tried writing some flash fiction. Here is my attempt!

(The aim was to write in as few words as possible but still tell an interesting story – this is 98 words!)

He’d been enjoying his Starbucks within the confines of his office when he was bombarded by five figures who wrestled him to the floor. Despite his best efforts, they managed to inflict some injury, stabbing him several times through his best suit.  “That’s for our jobs,” one of them had growled in his ear as he lay dying on the expensive carpet. He’d sighed. He knew he should have kept these workers. 
He woke up and turned to the bearded Man driving the taxi.

“Where am I going?” he asked.

“Nowhere,” the Man replied. “You’re already here.” 

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Daily Prompt: Being Unsuspecting!

Daily Prompt: Today you can write about anything, in whatever genre or form, but your post must include a speeding car, a phone call, and a crisp, bright morning. (Wildcard: you can swap any of the above for a good joke.)

He had no way of knowing what would happen to him that day. In fact, the morning had been pleasant – a glorious bright December sun had shone down, the air welcoming him with a crisp embrace as he walked out to his car. He had even nodded a rare ‘hello’ in the direction of his neighbours, much to their surprise.

Yet one phone call at around midday had sent everything into turmoil. One moment he had been enjoying his daily Starbucks peppermint latte, the next he was being hauled into a passing car which sped off into the distance, allowing little time to bang on the windows for help. He decided he would sit quietly and obey the instructions of his captors until an opportunity for escape presented itself. And he would not make it easy for them either – they had made him look quite undignified.

He contemplated the last few hours. What a day.

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Daily Prompt: Being Sisters!

Daily Prompt: Of the people who are close to you, who is the person most unlike you? What makes it possible for you to get along?

It would probably have to be my sister, (although I think she gets it off my mum).

She can be quite a negative person (not all the time, but more than me) and when I try to look on the bright side she tends not to. She’s got quite a temper as well! When I’m having an argument with someone I usually end up tutting and walking away before the person annoys me more – my sister can’t let it go. My mum and her are quite similar like that! I often try to justify people’s stupidity or absent-mindedness, for example, if someone walks into the middle of the road without looking, I put it down to their head being full of other things. My sister doesn’t usually do this unless she’s in a very generous mood!

Now I’ve made her sound horrible… she’s honestly not that bad, perhaps a bit more gloomy than me! The reason we get along? She’s amazing when she wants to be. And she’s my sister.

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