“What’s in the bag?”
“Little of this…little of that. All in all, some pretty useless stuff.”
“Now you’ve piqued my interest. What’ve you trapped in that silk prison on your arm?”
“ I used to carry items that I thought were important to my appearance there – a tube of lipstick, a compact for smoothing imperfections, a brush to freshen up, a credit card for purchasing any whims I fancied. Eventually, I came to grasp that accumulations were just weighing me down. That’s when I cleared all that stuff out to make room. Now this bag serves a much greater purpose.”
<Long, Uncomfortable Pause>
“I’m still waiting for an answer to my original question. What on earth are you carrying around in that pretty little bag swinging from your arm?”
“Don’t let its outer appearance fool you. Its contents aren’t all that impressive, truth be told.”
<Shorter, Terser Pause>
“Very well. If you absolutely must know…. It’s full of today’s mind clutter.”
“Pardon? Did you just say…?”
“Yes, I did, as a matter of fact.”
“Why in heaven’s name would you empty out your beautiful purse, only to fill it with…mind clutter?!”
“I’d rather contain it there for a time as have it swimming in my head, distracting my brain all day. At day’s end, I simply open it and dump this mess out, then begin fresh tomorrow.”
“Interesting concept. What happens if you mistake essential information and accidentally discard it too?”
“Have you been staying up early again?”
“Staying up early?! That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. No, you’re the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard – someone carrying a purse full of mind clutter.
Wait! What are you doing? Are you placing this memory of me in there?! How dare you!! Take it out this instant!”
“Trust me. By the time I dump this tonight, my mind will be emptied of all insults it tried to heap onto you in retaliation. Better this way. We can be friends again – come tomorrow.”
I took the opportunity to provide this little moral life lesson through 2 fun writing prompts heaped upon me this week.
The first was from BeKindRewrite’s Inspiration Monday prompts (in which I worked to use them all – because it’s more interesting to see how the story turns out that way). Stephanie likes to “tease” and say there are no rules, but since such a thought gives me a migraine, here are the rules-oriented prompts:
- Silk Prison
- Waiting for an Answer
- Mind Clutter
- What’s in the Bag
- Staying up Early
Other non-rules “highly suggest” limiting between 200-500 words.
From there, I looked for the opportunity to incorporate this week’s Trifecta prompt, which slid right there in the midst of my ridiculous bag. So before I accidentally dump it as useless information, here’s the uncluttered word and definition that had to be used:
GRASP (verb) – 3rd definition
By the way, Trifecta requires between 33-333 words. (My count came in at 333, which just so happens to land between 200 and 500 – how fortuitous!). By the way, this week’s entries are being community judged at Trifecta. So come one, come all! Come read, come vote, come enter!