You’ve always been afraid of the mean things they’d say.
But those kids will never get anywhere in life.
Show them you don’t care what they think.
They don’t deserve your time or fear.
Come join me on the floor.
Let your hair down tonight.
And stop being afraid.
Just have fun!
This piece is based on What If? Exercise 93: “Ten to One”. The exercise is to write a 55-word story in which the first sentence has ten words, the second has nine, etc., until the last sentence has only one word. The objective is to show that precision and thrift in writing can produce surprisingly powerful results. I hope you enjoy what I’ve written. Thanks for reading!