Plinky Prompts: Too Young to Retire

Change is hard, even when it’s what you thought you wanted.


Maryjane silenced the timer and slid the Texas sheet cake onto the rack, then reached to turn off the oven. Another hot day in Florida; no sense making it any hotter. She had been the envy of her friends when she retired to Florida. Months later though she had still not made any friends.

Maryjane slipped out the door and onto the dock. Suddenly, she felt something bump up against her. Then she saw them – a school of manatees at her feet. “Beautiful aren’t they?” Maryjane looked up to see her neighbor man standing on his dock next door.

 (The assignment: Write a 100-word essay including the words envy, manatees and Texas.)

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3 thoughts on “Plinky Prompts: Too Young to Retire

    • Thanks for reading and for your kind words. I actually wrote a longer version of the manatee story first, but the assignment was to limit it to 100 words, so I had to cut it down a lot. Found out it’s pretty hard to say much in only 100 words.

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