Day 13 of the challenge!
My theme is NIFTY NUGGETS. Little nuggets of writing based on a photo, a phrase and an object, which is designed to encourage lean, tight writing. I’m aiming for a word count of under 300 words.
Thank you to L.Diane Wolfe for providing the beautiful photo prompts. You can visit her blog to check out more pictures.
PHRASE – ground cinnamon sprinkled over sugared toast
OBJECT – hoola-hoop
There is security in the scrumptious aroma of ground cinnamon sprinkled over sugared toast, first thing on a cool summer’s morning when the sun has already made an appearance, and you open your eyes to the sound of the stereo that is cranked up to a bearable level, just enough not to disturb the neighbour who is polishing his red ‘70’s Chevy that is already gleaming from the over exertion.
You throw the covers back, ready to start your Saturday morning, anticipating the hoola-hoop squad who will be waiting in the open field at 11.00 sharp, ready to continue with the weekend festivities.
The hoops spin around and around, faster and faster, till red, blue and green plastic circles blur as the wind rushes past your face, and you close your eyes, giddy and breathless, arms outstretched to defy gravity in a never-ending spiral dance…
At night, your dream transforms into the monstrous carnival ride that comes every year. Its convoluted metal claws reach into the sky, extend around and around in all directions.
The spiral dance is different now—
Round and round—
Up you go—
Sway from side to side—
Then down at an angle—
The monster plunges, taking you to a bottomless pit—
The earth rushes to meet you—
Carnival ride— up and down. Hoola-hoops– round and round.
The two merge in a reckless dance of frivolity.
— and is interrupted by the scrumptious aroma of ground cinnamon sprinkled over sugared toast, first thing on a cool summer’s morning…