Fifty Word Wednesday: Hal

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I started a personal challenge to write a story that is exactly 50 words! Thank you, Boy with a Hat. Not that he set up a formal challenge, but it was his idea. And his writing is worth checking out. So please click the link and find out what he’s up to. If you want to begin at my beginning, click here or search in the side panel with the words, “fifty word.”

This week I’m piggybacking on Lady Jabberwocky’s prompt “What is your main character’s motivation in life? “ Hal is minor character in my newest novel. He’s telling me he wants out of the story and perhaps FD can carry his load. Maybe Lady Jabberwocky’s prompt will help me decide his fate.

I thank my good friend, Diane, for suggesting I set up a formal Challenge. Almost everything she writes makes me smile. (Except when she makes me cry.) Check out her blog at “On the Border.”

“Rosamund wants a baby. It’s all she thinks about.” Hal studies the bottom of his coffee cup. “Doc says it’s the mustard gas.”

I search my brain for something useful.

“She’s ready to adopt. Says there’s plenty of orphaned babies.”

“You?” I say.

“Why not.” Hal gulps his coffee dregs.  

Wednesdays are super-fun and challenging because paring down to exactly 50 words is really hard.

I never know what’s going to flow directly from my brain to my fingertips and onto the virtual page. Every week it’s a bit of a surprise.

I do love finding out what you think.

Did I give you enough to determine Hal’s motivation?

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