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Drabble Drop : Animated

By Colleen Millsteed Published 25 days ago 1 min read
Top Story - May 2024
Image courtesy of Pixabay

Wanda’s usually a quiet soul, one of very few words. In fact, she likes to sit in the background, watching the world live their lives.

Her family’s aware of their matriarch’s quietude, never pushing her involvement in their discussions. So, imagine their surprise at their family Christmas when she holds court at the head of the table.

Silence reigns as Wanda’s hands animate her words.

“I’ve made an important life decision,” she announces. “I’m leaving to travel this beautiful country. After living your lives for years, it’s my turn to be selfish. And no, this is not up for discussion.”

I was challenged to write a drabble of the word ‘animated'.

Wikipedia defines a drabble as follows :

A drabble is a short work of fiction of precisely one hundred words in length. The purpose of the drabble is brevity, testing the author's ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in a confined space.

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Originally published on Medium


About the Creator

Colleen Millsteed

My first love is poetry — it’s like a desperate need to write, to free up space in my mind, to escape the constant noise in my head. Most of the time the poems write themselves — I’m just the conduit holding the metaphorical pen.

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Comments (19)

  • shanmuga priya22 days ago

    Congratulations 🎉

  • Shirley Belk23 days ago

    Drapples are so difficult, but you make them seem breezy!

  • Dana Crandell24 days ago

    I learned something new today! Thanks for that, and for the great example!

  • The Dani Writer24 days ago

    Drabble ain't for the faint of heart. It takes some skill. Well done on the top story and congrats on the new book!

  • Excellent take on the concept, I may try one one day, when I learn to write🤣😹🤣 , and cite you as my inspiration.

  • Sara Frederick24 days ago

    Congratulations and good work!

  • Back to say congrats just after a few hours!

  • Heather Zieffle 24 days ago

    Congrats on Top Story! I enjoyed your drabble a lot!

  • angela hepworth24 days ago

    Congrats on Top Story, loved it!!

  • Wooohooooo first on the front page! Congratulations my friend! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Babs Iverson24 days ago

    Marvelous!!! Loved it!!!💕❤️❤️ Congratulations on Top Story too!!!

  • Donna Fox (HKB)24 days ago

    OOOOO!! First of all, Drabble?! I love that word, never heard it but am in love with it!! Also, congrats on your book!! Yay for it being published later this week!!! I'll have to add it to my reading list!! 🎉

  • Belle24 days ago

    Short and sweet! Lovely drabble! Congrats on top story!

  • JBaz24 days ago

    The picture alone works and now I learned what Drabble is. My day is now complete

  • Drabulous, 🤪. Congratulations on your too story

  • Cathy holmes24 days ago

    Good for Wanda. It's her time now. Congrats on the TS.

  • Haha your works! Nice to read!

  • And that is what you're doing hehehe. Loved your drabble!

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