Thursday, October 17, 2013

FSF Challenge - Malice

Lillie McFerrin Writes
This week's writing challenge from
Five Sentence Fiction
Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt:


I had to have a little fun with this one....

Communications Breakdown

Image "Girl Crying In Mothers Arm" courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at

     "To help everyone understand all of the new words we've learned, we're going to play a little game," the teacher said, "where everyone gets to tell me something about those words. We'll start by describing something you might experience from malice."
     The teacher called on each young student as she went around the room, all of them describing in great detail some dark scenario, until she noticed a girl in the back nearly in tears. When questioned, she asked, "Why does everyone hate me?"
     The confused teacher put her arm around the child and said, "We don't hate you, Alice!"

Image "Girl Crying In Mothers Arm" courtesy of David Castillo Dominici /

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  1. As a former teacher's aide, I can see this happening. Well done.

    1. Thanks! I actually saw a similar incident while in school, but it was the teacher that misunderstood.

  2. Awww... it's funny how as kids we mis-hear these kinds of things!

    1. I still mis-hear things. Maybe I never grew up!

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. I love how this is a simple story that can speak to so many. This could represent far beyond grade school! Nicely done :)

    1. Yes, it does. We always have to be careful about how we interpret what we think we hear!


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