Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham
This is my weekly contribution to Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. Every Monday, Barb supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence for the story. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box, after clicking on the link, to read the other stories.
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Genre: Humor Fiction
Word Count: 3+10+150=163
READING TO MELISSA by P.S. Joshi
“Once upon a time in a land far, far, away…”
Mom was reading to my little sister, Melissa, three years old. She had read to me and my brother, Joey, no problem. Melissa was different.
It wasn’t that Melissa was unintelligent. The trouble was probably that she was too intelligent. I was observing intently. It was lots better than a boring TV program.”
“Mommy,” said Melissa, “how come it was far, far away and not next door? How come it’s always so far away?”
“Well honey,”said Mom, patiently, “that makes it more interesting. Now just listen.”
Melissa shook her head to mean okay.
“There lived a beautiful princess.” Mom continued, still patiently.
“Mommy,” said Melissa, “how come the princess is always beautiful? Not everyone can be beautiful. It isn’t fair.”
Mom started to breathe a little faster. I’ve learned that’s not a good sign.
“Why don’t you go play for now, Melissa.” said Mom.
I whispered softly, “The End.”