It’s been a bit since I’ve posted here, but woohoo, Fall Writing Frenzy has arrived! Many thanks to Kaitlyn Sanchez, Lydia Lukidis, and Ameerah Holliday for hosting this inspiring contest and to all the generous prize donors for their support. Here is my entry:
Scarecrow Success By Jill Lambert (197 words) When leaves turn red, I’m stuck out here beside the mailbox, like last year. There’s not a single crow around, but I’m prepared if one swoops down. This is boring. What to do? When mail arrives, should I shout, “BOO?” That would prove I’ve got the stuff out in the field to call their bluff. Through his years of faithful service no one’s seen our mailman nervous. Stinging wasps and barking dogs don’t deter his catalogs. Wait! I hear a VROOM, then SCREECH. Now the mail truck’s within reach. Wondering, will he deliver? So excited that I shiver! I see him pause to take a sip-- something pink is on his lip. I shout, “BOO!” Mouth’s open wide. He jerks his hand back, petrified. Letters fly. He chokes and squawks. The milkshake coats the neighbor’s box. What a riot! I am grinning. Suddenly, the mail truck’s spinning. Bug-eyed, gawking in his mirror-- maybe I appear much nearer. Now he’s weaving down the street in a terrified retreat. Ooh, that booing caused a stir. I’m no scarecrow amateur! In the future he’ll avoid 979. I’m overjoyed! Yes, success! Do you suppose… I can spook a mob of crows?