“It was everything we owned!” Sally was almost shouting in frustration.
“You didn’t buy insurance,” the man behind the desk shrugged. “Not my problem.”
“Are you mad? Our belongings didn’t just vanish into thin air. They were lost, by your packing boxes. You don’t get to just sit there and say,” she adopted a ridiculous voice, “Not my problem.”
“It isn’t though.”
Sally’s fists clenched tight and the tiny edge of a scream made it past her clenched jaw. She left the office of Robotics Removals Ltd before she did something that carried a prison sentence.
She was looking at reviews of lawyers on her phone when she noticed the boxes. A stream of sealed boxes, each carried by hundreds of tiny robotic legs, was leaving a building and marching down the street like centipedal army ants. On an impulse, she followed.
Catching up with the stragglers as they left town Sally noted that they were indeed Robotics Removals boxes, their side notices marked them as relocating Hermione’s Hair and Nails. She doubted that there were many hairdressers out in the hills.
The boxes continued marching, Sally became exhausted. Her quarry showed no sign of slowing, so she called a car to pick her up. Driverless cars didn’t have a “follow that box” setting, but she made do by having it drive to the end of the line, then wait while the boxes marched on. She was frustrated, bored, and sustained mostly by stubbornness.
As the Sun got low the boxes turned into the woods. Abandoning the car Sally followed, until she could hear the crashing of belongings. Revealed in the clearing was a massive pile of possessions. And poking out a paw…
“Oh Ted,” said Sally, stroking her childhood friend. “At least I found you.”
“I wish you hadn’t.”
So that’s the end of my little self-challenge. 20 days of 75 word stories then finishing the month with 300 word stories. I ‘m proud I made it, but honestly it wasn’t that hard. Like Sally I just had to be stubborn (for example it’s now 10.45 and I should be asleep).
So what next? I’d like to try some short stories – 1000 to 7500 range. Long enough to get some amount of character growth, I hope. I might try just writing some ideas and seeing what length they come out at. I definitely won’t be posting something every day in September though! 300 words was easy to write in one sitting. 500 is probably doable (and if I have trouble with 1000 words+ I may come back and work up to it) but I’m not sure what my limits are in terms of word count per day.
The risk of course is that without the self imposed deadlines I won’t write enough. But I can always come up with another semi-arbitrary challenge.