Sample Sunday – Dragonfly

by Marian Allen

I’m enjoying my brief holiday. I sit on the creek bank watching the fairy-winged insects Gramma called “snake doctors” and think about Hank.

He used to like it when I talked to people we didn’t know. He called me “gregarious” and said it was what first attracted him to me. The longer we were together, though, the less he liked it. And “gregarious” isn’t what he called it this morning when all I did was wave at some guy driving past the creek.

I sure didn’t like what he called me, and I didn’t like his jerking me around and slapping me, either.

When the guy came back past, I told him to call the cops. They’ll be here, soon, and my holiday will be all over. Meanwhile, I’ll sit here with my bare feet in the water, enjoying the sunshine and listening to the buzz of the flies and watching the snake doctors land on Hank and fly away, shaking their heads because they were too late to save him.

WRITING PROMPT: Write 500 words or fewer using the words doctor, gregarious and holiday.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Sample Sunday – Dragonfly

  1. Enid Wilson

    September 4, 2011 at 5:34pm

    That’s quite a challenge. But your piece is great. Set up a lot of conflicts and detail in one short piece. Well done!

    Every Savage Can Reproduce

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      Marian Allen

      September 4, 2011 at 5:53pm

      Thanks, Enid! The Corydon Quills and Quibbles writers’ group sets a challenge every month. It’s always cool how different our products are. šŸ™‚

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  2. Jane

    September 5, 2011 at 9:09am

    I’m going to repeat myself, but why not?

    Your shorts are AWESOME!

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      Marian Allen

      September 5, 2011 at 10:08am

      Thanks! šŸ™‚ I like writing shorts because they’re easy to plot. heh

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