Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #575

This is a writing prompt. Bet you can’t do it! Take the 10 random words below and crush writer’s block by creating a cohesive, creative short story! And remember: after (if) you finish entering your submission into the comment field, highlight your words and click the bold button to make them stand out and help you determine if you forgot any words. (If you’ve missed previous writing prompts, we BET YOU CAN’T do those, either.) NOTE: Our bolding plugin is gone, so you’ll have to put before and after each of your challenge words if you want them to stand out, but NOT REQUIRED THOUGH! Or, as cleverly done by a CCC-er you can CAPITALIZE the challenge words in your piece.
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  1. Red
  2.  Cross
  3.  Certified
  4.  Breaths
  5.  Vase
  6.  Dragonfly
  7.  Roses
  8.  Lilly
  9.  Spring
  10.  Growth

8 Comments on “Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #575”

  1. Anklebuster says:

    I don’t like certified checks. They are so…sterile. Perhaps banks should spend more time looking at the backs of cheesy magazines. My first box of checks had roses on them. I liked to think that they would brighten the day of the bill collectors. I imagined a bit of Spring popping out of the envelopes. I only wished I could have displayed my roses in the little cellophane windows, but that would have confused the mailmen.

    When the lovely Easter Seals sent me free address labels, I was distressed. Not because I couldn’t afford to send back the little donation cards; but because the lilies would clash with my roses. Still, I had fun sending out such happy little winged messengers–I wasn’t just paying bills, each stamped dragonfly carried the hope that my electric would stay on on more month, to heat the water which should be free.

    When I lost my job at the First Breaths Daycare Center, I could no longer pay for my free checking account. The overdrafts sent me into red ink faster than I could sell my stuff. My account was closed, and I went over to the dark side.

    At first, it was just a single rose to the electric company. When they sent it back for my signature, I tore it up. Kiting was one thing; passing bad checks would have made my sainted mother cross. However, if mom wished to stay in her vase on the mantelpiece, she’d better turn a blind eye to the growth of her little criminal.

  2. stormwriter2 says:

    LILY stared at the CERTIFIED letter in her shaking hand. A VASE of flowers, no doubt GROWTH from Mrs. O’Leary’s garden, had been left on her porch less than twenty minutes ago.

    And now this. She gulped huge lungfuls of air in several hasty BREATHS, a paltry effort to calm herself. In truth, she was hyperventilating.

    She tore open the envelope and pulled out an index card. Printed in hot pink letters in a lunatic hand, she read:

    ROSES are RED
    DRAGONFLIES are blue
    SPRING is in the air
    And CROSS your heart, I’ll get you

    Her head felt light and she sat down heavily on the floor in the entryway before she could fall down. Her hand fluttered to the cross-shaped scar over her heart.

    “She’s here,” Lily whispered, then screamed, “Where are you?”

  3. stormwriter2 says:

    I misread that and thought you were thanking me for a paltry dictionary hahaha

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