Welcome to the 2017 Blogging A-to-Z Challenge! I’ll be blogging my way through the alphabet the entire month of April, taking a break on Sundays, for a total of 26 posts! This year I am writing short stories based on a word that starts with the letter of the alphabet. The 26 fictional stories are not related to one another. This is a chance for me to exercise my imagination and explore creative writing which I have not done since college. Learn more about the blogging challenge HERE!
The theme for today’s story is Jury.
Her parents sat Sally down after breakfast and told her Daddy was going away for a few weeks but not to worry he would call every night after dinner. She was very confused and had many questions. Where would he sleep? Was he going to remember her? What was a jury? If she did something bad would Daddy go away for a few weeks to figure out her punishment? Her parents laughed and answered as best they could. She did not understand most of what they explained but she did understand that a bad man was in trouble for hurting someone and now Daddy was helping give out his punishment.She kissed him goodbye and waved as he drove off. Mommy told her to get ready for school or she would be late.
At school she told her friends the big news. For the next few weeks she did not have a Dad because he was telling a bad man how long to sit in timeout. Her friends thought she was so cool and they had many questions for her. Of course, as explained in the previous paragraph, Sally had no real concept of a jury or what it takes to be a juror and she filled in the fuzzy parts with her own explanation as her friends hung on every word. The group of them decided to play jury at recess and they looked at the clock with excitement. Only 15 more minutes until they would be free!
After what seemed like an eternity, a high-pitched bell rang and the class of kindergartners barreled out the door and onto the playground. At the back corner of the blacktop was the United States map and the group of girls gathered on the state of Texas as it was the only one that could fit all 10 of them. Sally decided she would be the judge, Heather would be the bad man, and the remaining 8 would make up the jury. Each of the 8 jurors played “rock, paper, scissors” against Heather and for each person she lost to she had to take one step closer to the edge of the map. Her punishment was stepping out into the lava.
It took 10 minutes for the jury to figure out the order of play and by the time the first match was ready to go the recess bell rang and they all had to run inside. Sally proclaimed Heather would have to race all of them back to their classroom and if she was last then she had to sit next to the smelliest boy in their class. Sadly for Heather, she was a slow runner and had to pinch her nose during story time as the rest of the girls quietly giggled.
Sally and her friends played jury at every recess but after a few weeks they had exhausted all of their punishment ideas and they were bored. Daddy came home just in time to tell her all about his experience and she went to school the next day filled with new stories to tell and embellish.
And with this post that makes ten down and 16 more to go! Thank you for reading my short story. What did you think? If you are here with the Blogging A-to-Z Challenge, please leave a comment below because I would love to check out your posts!
P.S. Check out my other short stories HERE!