365 Days of Writing – 31

 

Nick and Joe's 365 Days of Writing

Day 31:

 

Setting: On a Train
Character: Ballerina
Object: Fish Hook
Other:

“I never knew that this beauty was so close to home,” remarked Beverly to her seat mate. “The Agawa Canyon… I would have never guessed.”

She gazed out the window at the pine trees passing by. The Agawa Canyon train tour was north of the Canadian border with Michigan in the United States, near Sault Ste. Marie.

“Well, I think it’s damn boring,” responded the fisherman, as he twirled a fish hook in his fingers. “This is always the worst part of my trip.”

“You’ve been here before?” asked Beverly.

“Come every year… fishing trip. The train is the only way in and the only way out. Then it’s a 4-mile hike to the river. Name is Lee, by the way,” said the rotund, bearded man, still playing with the fish hook. “And what about you, why’re you coming up here all alone?”

“I’m a ballerina. Actually, I’m teaching a ballet class at the Agawa Lodge.”

“Ballerinas all the hell the way up here?” pondered Lee. “And here I thought only the fisherman stayed at the lodge. Guess we’ll be seeing some good lookin’ ladies this week, then.”

“Hate to disappoint. But it’s a summer camp experience for men.”

Lee’s eyebrows shot to the moon. He turned, looking back out the window, watching the trees pass, visions of male ballerinas dancing in his head.

 

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365 Days of Writing – 30

 

Nick and Joe's 365 Days of Writing

Day 30:

Setting: Inside the Hoover Dam
Character: College Wrestler
Object: Thimble
Other:

Kevin could see the water dripping down the side of the wall.

This was the fourth year he’d been lucky enough to qualify for the Cliff Keen Collegiate Wrestling Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. Every year, he’d made the trek from Vegas to the Hoover Dam to breath in the beauty and wonder of this man-made marvel.

Drip. Drip. Drip. Kevin gazed down the empty corridor, turning away from the educational Dam tour that he had booked. This marked the third year that the water had been dripping. The same spot, year after year. He had to do something about it. But what?

Kevin looked up at the light bulb swinging above his head. And then the light bulb inside his head illuminated, as well. A thimble! Kevin had seen a thimble in the gift shop above! He would plug the leak with a thimble!

Rushing to the gift shop at the entryway to the Visitor’s Center, Kevin scanned the shelves for the souvenir thimbles that he had seen earlier. But they were gone. Turning frantically, he spotted a woman holding a basket— a basket full of thimbles.

“I need one of these, m’am,” he said to the frail elderly woman.

“Well, I need ALL of these,” said the woman. “My quilting group would disown me if I didn’t bring them their thimbles!”

 

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365 Days of Writing – 29

 

Nick and Joe's 365 Days of Writing

Day 29:

Setting: Bathroom
Character: A Beaver
Object: Cactus
Other:

You know what they say… a beaver has to wash.

But I’m still trying to figure out just why my friend Meredith got me this cactus-shaped soap.

What kind of beaver would want to wash themselves with a cactus?

Maybe Meredith thinks I’m a porcupine!

But I wouldn’t even think that they’d want to wash themselves with a cactus. Nevertheless, here I sit.

In the bathroom.

In the bathtub, more specifically.

Washing myself with a bar of cactus-shaped soap.

 

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