All Hat, No Candy


It was the only way. The only way he could get what he wanted. That day at the county fair was going to be remembered for longer than he knew how to count up to. All the way up to eight years maybe! That is almost forever! No more holding hands with my kid sister. She’s yucky. I’m sick of her. No more sharing candy with her. Alone time. Just a man and his hat and no sister or parents or anyone. No one can see me. No one can find me. Is anyone looking for me? Hey!

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And please visit and participate in the Alterna-Prompt, “The Blog Propellant.” Today’s Picture Prompt, number 27, which means there are 26 others for me to participate in, asks: “Yes, they are certainly making a statement … but, what’s their story? No need for a saga. Tell their tale in about 100 words.”

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3 comments

  1. LRose · September 3, 2015

    Ha! That is definitely the most creative way to get rid of a yucky kid sister! Fun take on the prompt and thanks for the plug.

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    • Mark Aldrich · September 3, 2015

      Thank you. I knew I had limited time on my hands today and a 100-word challenge suited that; the line, “all hat, no candy” just came along with no thought–some lines do that. I hope you know that feeling. I assume you do. Like it wasn’t mine to think it. I’ll get that feeling from a line once every five years or so. Those are my favorites. Usually, they are utterly dumb lines that only crack up one person: me. All hat, no candy. I sat here, giggling.

      The piece did not live up to that title. I even googled it to see if someone has used it anywhere. That line will re-appear someday.

      Thank you for providing a platform for me to sometimes dive off.

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      • LRose · September 3, 2015

        Oh, it will live again, because it’s the kind of thing that plays very, very well on TBP. Look for a guest star appearance on a future post!
        When I read the line I thought it was going to be a sad story of about a kid with a great Halloween costume who couldn’t go trick-or-treating, or something. Anyway, it was a fun read!

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