I'm participating in an online writing group hosted by Ann Dee Ellis. She gives a prompt and encourages 8 minutes of uninterrupted writing. Here's the most recent exercise:
I stood in the lunch line and planned how to steal the milk. I thought I'd figured out the most clever way to trick the lunch lady into believing I was really dropping a quarter into the can next to her desk at the checkout.
When my turn came, I lowered my hand into the can and flicked the coins already piling up inside. It did sound like I'd put my own quarter in. My heart raced as I attempted to step away from the line.
"Do you have any money?" she asked me.
My face flamed and I froze. I couldn't believe it hadn't worked! How come she didn't fall for it? She always seemed so busy and distracted swiping cards and looking at her computer readout.
"No." I admitted.
"Next time you can't get away with this. Take the milk but don't do it again."
I was so relieved and slunk to a seat to eat my lunch and stolen milk. I never tried it again.
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