Sunday, September 26, 2010

Saturday Centus: Birthday Edition

It's time for another Saturday Centus here in Geekville.  This one is in honor of Sophisticated Lunacy's author, Tom, as his birthday is this week. 

The Centus originates from Jenny Matlocks' blog and the instructions are to write about 100 words using a prompt as part of the story.  This week's prompt is "He never dreamed when he blew out the candles on his cake...".

I hope that Tom, being a blogging buddy and a good sport, appreciates this story I wrote this week.

Hee Hee.

Wake-Up, Fate Awaits
 
Tom was thinking about how tired he was from his crazy day with his impossible-to-please boss.  He liked his project team, though.  He was still clutching the unopened envelope his team had given to him for his birthday.  They had laughed as they handed it to him, joking that this could be his lucky day.

"Happy Birthday, Tom", his friends sang, snapping him back from his thoughts, the envelope forgotten.  His buddies were making up silly words to the song and were starting to stagger. 
 
He never dreamed when he blew out the candles on his cake...

Actually, he never dreamed at all.  It all seemed so pointless sometimes...

Later, Tom finished cleaning up from the party halfway listening to the TV in the next room.  The winning lottery numbers were being announced.


If you'd like to read more short stories with this prompt, check Jenny's blog for the links.

Have a great week!



 

27 comments:

Deb said...

HA! Poor dreamless Tom!

Great job Reffie!

Happy birthday, Tom!

Viki said...

I hope Tom won. Great Centus.

Mrsblogalot said...

Did he win??? Did he???

Couldn't you have broken the rules just this one time with 102 words. I need to know (-:

ReformingGeek said...

@Deb - Thanks. I hope he opened the envelope..

@Viki - Thanks. Me, too. He might share with us?

@Mrsblogalot - Sigh. Such demanding readers! ;-)

AmyLK said...

Great Centus! did he really win?

Quirkyloon said...

Do centusai (plural?) come true? If so, will you write me one winning the 5K a week from PCH?

Purdy please with a blog cherry on top? hee hee

Nice!

The Constant Complainer said...

You hooked me, RG. Did he win? I hope you had a nice vacation too.

jean Knee said...

no way that dude won

Judie said...

LOVE IT! L O V E I T!!!

ReformingGeek said...

@AmyLK - I'm thinking he probably did. Now if he can just find that envelope....

@Quirky - Sure. "Here comes Miss Loon. That's right. You heard me. It's Quirkyloon and she's got the after burners on now, stealing the lead from Noname with Unfinished a distant third. She crosses the finish line in first place. Quirky wins! Quirky wins! And the prize is.....

@Constant - Thanks. Pass the envelope, please.

@Jean - No, of course not. ;-)

@Judie - Thanks!

Jenny said...

Hi! What a cool use of the prompt!

I like how you went a totally different direction then anyone else!

And your little story just left us hanging...always the best kind of writing!

I suspect he probably threw the envelope away and the trash bag happened to tear open and the lottery ticket fell onto the street and I was walking my weiner dog and noticed it and picked it up and, well, the rest is history.

A guy that can't even dream doesn't deserve to win! ha!

Tgoette said...

Wow, Reffie, you pegged me but good! I equate winning the lottery to being eaten by a hippo so it's not a reach to think I would be indifferent to receiving lottery tickets! Then again I am not so rich that I wouldn't check just to be sure! LOL! Great job with this Centus! It was a very clever and original take and I loved it!

Thanks for the birthday wishes too! You rock, girlfriend!

ReformingGeek said...

@Jenny - Thanks. Yeah, I originally wrote it where the envelope went in the trash bag but that sounded like too much of and ending so I changed it.

@Tom - Thanks. Ha! I hope you do get some lottery tickets for your birthday! If you win, you must SHARE!

I Wonder Wye said...

Congrats in order??!

Kat said...

Nicely done! Hope that he remembers to open the envelope. And I love the line "actually, he never dreamed at all". You set this scene beautifully in so few words! Kat

Jenners said...

No dreams? What is the point of sleeping then???

ReformingGeek said...

@Wonder Wye - I hope so because I want some of it. ;-)

@Kat - Thanks!!

@Jenners - I imagine it would not be very fulfilling.

otin said...

I hope that he paid attention to the numbers! It would be a shame if he let his fortune slip away.

penegra said...

That's amazing!! Really one of the innovative to celebrate birthday here as well!!

MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

Tom sounds like me.

I feel sad.

I'm going to buy a lottery ticket.

winter gurl said...

how are you ? wish you have a best october

The Constant Complainer said...

RG, on a quick side-note, check out this funny interview with our friend, Dani, from the "Mom's Crazy Life" blog.

You'll laugh your a*s off.

http://occasionalsuccesses.com/2010/09/interview-with-dani-cally/

Lauren said...

I love your 100-word stories. Is this a two-parter? When are you posting the next installment? I want to know if Tom is going to quit his day job. Also, what caused his buddies to stagger? The smoke from the candles? Were they laced with THC?

ReformingGeek said...

@otin - There is always hope!

@penegra - Um...yeah.

@MikeWJ - Good Luck!

@winter gurl - October is the best...er...fest.

@Constant - Yeah, Dani's a hoot!

@Lauren - Most lottery winners can only quit their day jobs temporarily... As for the staggering, maybe there was something in the cake. YIKES!

Terra said...

is Tom gonna share? Please?

cj Schlottman said...

Whah???? Did he win?

This is one of the most clever takes on this prompt. What a great imagination to go along with your clear ability to string words together in a way that strings us along!

Bravo..........cj

ReformingGeek said...

@Terra - We will track him down if he doesn't. Hee Hee.

@cj - I like your initials, especially since they are the same as mine. Thank you for the compliments!

I think Tom won but he may never know....


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