The timer was set. The prompt: glass.

“You have ten minutes. Give it your best shot! No half-hearted attempts, please.”

Heads down, pens to paper, they approached it with mixed attitudes.

Silence -and the occasional rustle of paper.

Minutes passed.

The class-clown sat upright.

“Finished already? Only half the time has passed. Checked your work?”

“Yep, I’m happy.”

A few more minutes elapsed.

“Pens down! Any volunteers want to read out their work?”

The class-clown began… “The pessimist regards the glass as half-empty. The optimist sees it as half-full. The thirsty man sees a glass of water waiting to be rescued…”

You can find out more about the weekly drabble challenge, hosted by Aheila on her blog: http://thewriteaholicblog.wordpress.


  1. Ryan on February 16, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Ha! He may be the class clown, but he’s no fool. Nice angle, M!

    • mish on February 17, 2012 at 7:45 am

      The truth is, I didn’t know what to do with this prompt…

  2. Elizabeth Twist on February 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Hi Michelle! Here via the Campaign. I wasn't aware of the Drabble Challenge before – great stuff! Looking forward to reading more. 

    • mish on February 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth! It's a great way to practise succinct writing.

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