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Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

100-Word Challenge for Grown Up – Week # 133


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This week’s prompt:  ...the white horses were galloping…



At the Circus

“How much money you got?” Michael wiped his gluey nose on a sleeve.

“Seven cents.”

“No way, Suze.”

The six-year-old opened a pudgy fist. “A nicko and two pennies. See.”

“Where’s the quarters?”

“Don’t know. Can we go to the Big Top now?”

“Check your pockets.”

“Nope. No korders.” The girl gaped at the circus tent shoving wispy bangs aside. “Can we go now?”

“Can’t. Oh, never mind. Let’s go.” He grabbed her hand.

The ground rumbled. They wriggled beneath a loose sidewall and gawked transfixed as the white horses were galloping into the ring.

“Hey, you!” Rough hands grabbed their britches.

“Run forit, Suze!”


Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

74 thoughts on “100-Word Challenge for Grown Up – Week # 133

  1. I love that kid’s pronouncement. Very cute and effective. 🙂


  2. Oh no, caught sneaking into the circus. Whatever happened to those pesky korders?

    Good one Tess.


  3. I can just see those two–where were their parents??


  4. That really came alive for me. I was often called Suze as a kid. I hope they got away!


  5. I can smell the sun on dirt, the sweat on the kids’ faces – very good, Tess! Fast ball – you set it the scene and delivered. SCORE!


  6. You had me at ‘gluey nose’. 🙂 I wanted to run with them! The horses AND the kids.


  7. I give you credit. Writing short pieces is more challenging than long. I love the little girl’s speech patterns.


  8. Excellent response to the prompt, Tess. You do know kids, from gluey noses to run forit!


  9. Ah bless them, it reminds me of scrambling under the fence to get into the Devon County Show for free when I was a kid!


  10. I remember doing something similar many many years ago now… heehee! 😉


  11. These kids sound like me and my brother and just the kind of mischief we used to get up to…love it 🙂


  12. You had me a “gluey nose.” Fantastic story!


  13. Good story, Tess. Is there still circuses? Maybe there is in Las Vegas but I doubt any place else. Or am I wrong?


  14. Run! I had to run for it a few times when I was a kid, but never from a circus


  15. Korders were hard to come by. A fitty cents even harder. A dollwar – oh – fat city.


  16. I love how you wrote this, Tess 🙂


  17. Shame you ran out of words I was enjoying that story! 😉


  18. You made me smile too Tess. I can remember buying a lot of goodies with a quarter!!! It wasn’t that long ago, was it. LOL

    Happy Weekend to ya! G


    • Sigh. I remember when my mom was in hospital having one of my sisters. My dad gave me a quarter. I spent it all on penny candy. Those were the days you could by a number of candies for a penny. I had a bagful. 😀
      Happy weekend to you too, Geraldine.


  19. Ah yes, back in the day…the things you could do with a quarter. Penny candy, a bus ride across town for 10 cents. Lunch milk for .05. I could see the kids in my mind as the horses entered the ring. Standing transfixed against the wall! Entertaining for sure!


  20. Naughty children with ‘gluey’ noses, sticky, pudgy fingers and pronunciation issues are my favorite kind! They are the ones with the best adventures!


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