Impossible Journey


He dug himself a hole in the ground.  The earth was soft and gave easily as he burrowed further and further.   He passed the water pipes and sewer lines.  He climbed out for lemonade and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich just as he reached the dinosaur bones.  Then he was back, digging and digging until the pile by his hole was bigger than his house, until his hole was so deep that his mother had to drop down snacks in a bucket on a string.  He liked the smell of the wet and the worms, and even though the summer sun hung down on him, the earth was cool and comforting, in its own way.  

He wasn't sure how long it took- days, months, years- but he finally broke through.  The crust of earth below him became his top as he birthed his way out of his tunnel.  It took him a minute to adjust, it was night time here.  The moon was just as bright as home, and the people on the streets walked with the same purpose.  He found himself a park bench, where he sat.  The trees were a dusky green in the moonlight.  Exhausted, he laid his head down for a minute, just long enough to muster the strength to crawl back inside the musty dark. He just wanted to see the sun again, and when he did it took all his power not to weep.  He made his weary way out of the hole and up the stairs, to the front door and inside.

"Where have you been?" His mother asked.  She was baking chocolate chip cookies, his favorite.

"To China," he said, nonchalant.

"Really?  How was it?"

"Boring."  His adventurer's spirit trapped in the tunnel.  "It was just like here, only darker."  He took a cookie off the plate.  "And they didn't have mom's like you."

She brushed a spot clean on his forehead, and kissed it.  "Wash up, dinner will be ready soon."

"Okay, Mom."

The water ran clear and hot in the white of the tub.  He smiled.  He always wanted to be a deep sea diver...


23 comments:

  1. Very clever and sweet use of the prompt. Is this your first time at yeah write? Enjoy your week with us!

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  2. the incredible, unstoppable power of imagination! wonderful!

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  3. Natalie the SingingfoolApril 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Oh, I loved this so much! This is exactly how it felt to be a child...:)

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  4. Thank you :) I pulled from my memories of never stopping, and always having a story for my next adventure. Those were the days!

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  5. It is! I've written a couple of posts that I intended to link up, but this is the first time I've actually had the courage to jump in. Glad to join you!

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  6. A child with this kind of imagination is going to have one heck of a life! Loved it. Well done.

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  7. Love this! Brings back memories of childhood! I adore this line: "until his hole was so deep that his mother had to drop down snacks in a bucket on a string" — your use of imagery in this piece is awesome. Great take on the prompts!

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  8. What a fun story and imaginative kid! Love the last line too.

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  9. Welcome to the speakeasy, Megan! And such a fun way to introduce yourself -- I think you've written about my daughter here...

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  10. So so good. Realllly glad you linked up this week yaaaay writing fwiends.

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  11. I like the realization that people are the same on the other side of the Earth. That's something governments everywhere should take to heart.

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  12. So perfect, as the mom of a boy who often wants to dig to China. I can truly appreciate this!

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  13. I wrote it for a little boy who will be digging to China very soon! I'm glad you liked it :D

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  14. I wholeheartedly agree. We are all people.

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  15. Amen sista! Congrats on the winnn

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  16. Thank you Lori!

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  17. Thank you! I'm so excited to take part :)

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  18. Thank you Stacie!

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  19. Thank you Suzanne! I love prompts :)

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  20. As a former child whose imagination is still running wild, I can attest to that heck. Thank you for commenting!

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