Photo Copyright: Claire Sheldon

Here we are this week sitting around a large desk. We’ve gathered again to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneers group. Our hostess for the gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of us this week and every week is to write a story with no more than 100 words, not counting the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Claire Sheldon. Thanks, Claire.

To read the other stories by group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories is as follows”

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THE STORYΒ by P.S. Joshi

Janie sat and stared at the vacant computer screen. The magazine wanted a nonfiction story about some exciting adventure she’d had in her life. Β What adventure? She was fourteen years old for crying out loud.

Then she thought about her summer camp experience. She didn’t know about exciting. It was more terrifically embarrassing. The skunk came out of nowhere.

It must have smelled her sandwich as it followed her. The camp counselor came running when she screamed. All the commotion scared the skunk and it ran off.

Oh, well. She began,Β Last summer I had an adventure at Camp Wigwam.
















58 thoughts on “THE STORY

  1. She could have added to the excitement by having the skunk spray…which, if she screamed, it most likely would have!
    This was so sweet and I loved the voice too!

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  2. Great story, Suzanne. Most of us have skunk stories and/or camp stories. This makes for a great combination. Her assignment reminds me of writing for Tales From the South radio show. I didn’t submit for years because the guidelines said it had to be a true story involving the author and written in 1st person. Once I started relying on my childhood misadventures I realized I had plenty of stories to tell.

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    • Thanks, Bjorn. I never had a real skunk story either. Years ago before I was born one of my dad’s dogs got sprayed by one and Dad had to clean him. We probably all have embarrassing childhood stories. I’m happy you enjoyed my fictional story. πŸ™‚ —


    • Thanks, Adam. I can understand your dislike of skunks but she badly needs a story and can’t think of anything else exciting at her age. I’m glad you liked the story regardless of the skunk part of it. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne


  3. Skunk! Must have raised a stink πŸ˜€ On a school trip a wild boar entered our tent in search of food – the highlight of my childhood. Thanks for the trip down memory lane πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, Dahlia. Yes, a skunk would raise quite a stink. I’ve smelled one but never been close. A wild boar would be much more exciting as long as it didn’t attack. I’m happy you enjoyed my story and it took you down memory lane. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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      • Actually we’ve had skunks around our property different times. They aren’t belligerent or menaces. If you can stay calm and don’t push it, you won’t have any trouble with them.
        I saw one outside our window one night digging around so I opened the window and told him he better quit. But I said it in gentle tones and he did move on. They don’t like being screeched at.

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  4. Hahaha! Very cute, Suzanne. You really captured the 14 year-old attitude spot on. When the skunk entered the picture, that’s when it got funny and what a missed opportunity she had writing about it! Oh, to have been with her to say, “YES! That IS exciting!” Wonderful!

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  5. LOL … sounds like some of the stories my kids would bring home from camp. Oddly, they cried every year and said they didn’t want to go. Then, we’d go to pick them up 3 weeks later and they didn’t want to come home.
    Good story for us to enjoy, Suzanne. Thanks for the memories.

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    • Thanks, Isadora. That’s like children, isn’t it? We enjoyed ours so much as they were growing up. I’m glad you enjoyed the story and it brought back happy memories for you. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne


    • Thanks, Alicia. My parents and I lived surrounded by woods with a lake down the hill so my mother used to invite my friends for visits. I never went to a regular camp. My son went to Boy Scout camp a number of times and loved it. Both our kids went to band camp while in high school. They stayed in the dorms of a university in Virgina as it was summer and the dorms were empty. I’m happy you enjoyed the story, the POV. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne


  6. Ah, we had this kind of assignments, too. And then students had to read out loud… talk about boring. At least your heroine had a real adventure. Fun story, Suzanne.

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    • Thanks, Gabriele. I remember those kinds of assignments. I was okay with reading but nervous when I had to get up in front of the class and recite or tell about a vacation trip. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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