Saturday, October 22, 2011

Five Sentence Fiction: Shenanigans...



I've been meaning to join in Five Sentence Fiction over at Lillie McFerrin Writes since I heard about it a couple of weeks ago, but as per usual I look away for a moment and forget (maybe I have Silences in my life, ooh wobbly-wobbly, timey-wimey!). Anyway, finally I've been able to keep this new bit of fun in my head long enough to accept the challenge! Here is Lillie's blurb about the exercise:


What it’s all about: Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week I will post a one word inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate will write a five sentence story based on the inspiration word. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just take your inspiration from that word. 


This week’s inspiration word is: SHENANIGANS


Shenanigans


1. I didn't really notice them until the metal-on-metal sound of cutlery being rifled through broke through my concentration and brought my hearing into sharp focus.


2. 'No, not that one, the big one.' came the hissed whisper from the older boy who was undoubtedly gesturing with exaggerated flailing of his skinny brown arms, as he was wont to do when trying to go unnoticed.


3. 'It's not here, if you don't believe me, then you try to find it.' the smaller one with the ripe-mango coloured bed-head whispered back, part anxious, part pissed.


4. 'What are you two up to?' I said in a low and quiet voice.


5. The shuffle of thong clad feet and the loud banging of the back screen door was accompanied by a squeaky chorus of, 'Nothing!'

Anyone with children will be familiar with shenanigans, and possibly also very familiar with the scene described above! This was fun! Trying to tell a story in just five sentence really forces you to distill your thought and draw out the essences of your narrative! 

Why not have a go! Don't forget to link your post up over at Lillie's blog so I can read it, too!

8 comments:

Lillie McFerrin said...

I love this! I don't have children yet, but I have five little brothers. I could see the boys, maybe a little dirt on their face, trying to be quiet while they go about their, no doubt, important business :)

Kirsty @ Bowerbird Blue said...

nothing indeed! love the shenanigans at your house.

Lee Jamieson said...

Oh lord... That's what happens at my house. I have 2 boys of about the right age for that... :)

Sarah said...

I could hear the inflection of the 'nothing'...it regularly comes from my girls bedroom when I yell out from the kitchen...although the 'nothing' often immediately follows a whisper of 'you tell her'...looking forward to trying this linky out!

Stephanie said...

How funny! I have a 7 year old niece and I know exactly what you are talking about. Great story!!

Sif said...

Thanks for the comments! I'm gad so many of you can picture this scene or relate to it. I think I probably didn't need two "through"s in the first sentence - funny how you see this sort of stuff afterwards.

Lillie, I really enjoyed this and hope it takes of and attracts more participants!

spring days, new growth said...

This is great, I can see the little devils and hear that door bang!
Kate

Cameron beach said...

Shenanigans, I love this word. Has a very great sound to it. Yours are super!

Teenagers and the failing parent...