Prompt: Potential and Promise

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Prof. Sky Alton
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Prompt: Potential and Promise

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This month in the Book Club, we’re focusing on ‘New Beginnings’. That got me thinking about what part beginnings (both physical and emotional fresh starts) can play in a story. They can easily form the opening but equally, they might occur mid-way through as a way for the plot to change direction or perhaps even at the end to give the impression that the plot carries on even if the story doesn’t. They can be scary, exciting, cathartic, bittersweet and even sad.

For this month, we’d like you to write a piece (200 words or more) that includes some kind of new beginning. You could approach it as the beginning of a new story, the turning point somewhere in the middle of one or perhaps even the end of one, as your character sees new possibilities unfolding. Providing there’s potential for things to go in a new direction, it’s up to you.

You’ll earn 20 beans for completing this prompt as well as it counting towards the chance to snag our shiny Quill and Ink award.

There is no deadline as such for these prompts but if you’d like it to count towards your chance of earning the award for a specific year, we’ll need it by the end of that school year. If you’re comfortable sharing, then post below. If not, email your story to us via hol.bookclub @ (without the spaces). Oh and remember it’s a good idea to check through your piece carefully for spelling and grammatical errors as they make it harder for people to properly enjoy your work.
"Some things never change, turn around and the time has flown. Some things stay the same, though the future remains unknown."
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Re: Prompt: Potential and Promise

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I opened the wood window, smiled at the sunrise which just appeared, and breathed the fresh air of Parepare. I only graduated from college six months ago and after having a long-deep talk with my parents, they finally allowed me to visit my grandmother and also to find a job here. I was tired of living in the big city. After a long journey, I arrived in Mengkendek at night two days ago and went to my grandmother's house. It took about a day and half, though. A very long journey but everything was worth it. Grandmother's house is located outside the city, which is why I love it because it means I would be far away from busy streets.

"Silvana, wake up! It's morning already!" There's a knock at the door, before it opened slowly and a head poked inside. It was my cousin, Jane Sera. We often talked a lot on social media, so even though we just met yesterday we're not strangers to each other.

Jane stepped inside my room and sat down on my bed. "Do you enjoy it here, Silvana?" the girl asked me. I turned to face her and stared at her for a while. She was two years younger than me. Slender, has fairy skin, long black hair, and a small dimple on her right cheek when she smiles.

"It was only my first morning here, Jane. I can't tell you that I enjoyed it already but I am sure I would love it here." I smiled at her and said, "I am hungry, let's make some breakfast. Anything you would like to request?"

"I want to eat fried rice," Jane said, took my hand and lead me to the kitchen. Together we made breakfast for three.

After breakfast and permission from grandmother, Jane decided to show me around the village and introduced me to her friends.

It was fun but quite awkward when people around got curious about me. It wasn't every day when they got to meet new people from a big city. I hope I will like it here and start a new life here happily.
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Re: Prompt: Potential and Promise

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Monday the One Day

One Monday morning, I jumped out of bed, threw on my black Converse sneakers with my blue ripped up jeans and a rose printed crop top. Then, I curled my hair. Then I grabbed Willow and Windy. Willow and Windy are the 2 little girls I rescued from a basilisk. I got Willow in a purple and white basketball jersey and shorts, and purple Converse. I put her hair back in a ponytail. Then, I put Windy in a rose print dress and little brown boots. I put her hair in a braid.

Then, I grabbed the girls' hands and walked them over to their bedroom door and I told them to get their backpacks. Willow came back with her purple backpack with a basketball on it. Windy came back with a pink and black polka dot backpack. Then, I grabbed the girls' hands and walked outside. I locked up my house. Then, I walked them down the street to Rainbow Arts Academy School.

I went inside with them. I walked Willow to the gymnasium and dropped her off for her basketball practice. Then, I walked Windy upstairs to Miss Emma's classroom where I dropped her off. Windy was really excited about going to that classroom because she got to be with the 1st graders for storytime.

Then, I ran down the stairs and ran out to the bus stop. A minute later, the bus appeared and I got on to the bus and I went up to the second floor where I took a seat in the front. When we got there, I got off with my Harry Potter backpack. I came and walked to the middle of the group. There were two girls next to me. I knew their names were Ava and Narcissa. Ava was saying, “I'm going to move away so you're going to have to get over it Narcissa.” Then Ava walked away. Then Narcissa walked over to me and asked really shyly, “Do you want to be my friend?” I said, “Sure. Why don't we be friends.”

Then, a new girl walked up to me and she said, “Hi. My name is Narnia. Do you want to be friends?” I said, “Sure. Do you also want to be friends with my friend Narcissa here?” “Sure. That's two friends for me right off the bat,” Narnia said. So, all of us held hands and waited for the school to open up their doors. Finally, the doors opened and we rushed in.

We rushed up to the second floor and I said a littler girl who looked really confused. So, I asked the girl, “Do you need help?” She said, “Yeah. I'm trying to find Mrs. Evan's class.” I said, “Ok. I can help you.” I walked to our classroom and the class right new to it was Mrs. Evan's class. So, I opened the door of Mrs. Evan's class and told her to go in.”

Then we walked into Shae & Charlotte's class. We sat down in the middle of the room. While we were waiting for the class to start, I heard another girl in the back named Bri. From what I could hear, it sounded like her friend Allie was sick and wouldn't be able to come back to school but she really wanted to have a friend. So, I got up and grabbed my friends and walked back to Bri. I said, “Do you want to be my friend?” She said, “Yeah!” So, she came back with us to the middle table and sat next to us.

After class, we had lunch. We left the school and went to the Sand Wave Restaurant right across the street. We all sat down at one table. We had little salads and ripped up pieces of chicken on top of our salads. We had the London Delight smoothie. We had cherry ice cream for dessert.

Then we went back to the school where we had art class. Then, after art class, we went to the playground where we played for an hour. Then, the girls went off to their houses and I went and picked up my 2 favorite little girls, Willow and Windy. Then we went home and we jumped on my trampoline and the girls got into their swimsuits and we all swam. Then we all got into rose print dresses and brown sandals. Then we all went through my wall into Diagon Alley. I showed the girls around Diagon Alley.
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