This week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge is to write a story between 33 and 333 words using the third definition of the word wild : a (1): not subject to restraint or regulation : uncontrolled; also : unruly (2) : emotionally overcome <wild with grief>; also : passionately eager or enthusiastic
The Transformation of Smidley Pench
Smidley Pench was so unassuming his mother barely remembered having him. But within the confines of Smidley Pench’s cranium, it was the Fourth of July – owing to the fact that Smidley Pench was absolutely wild about the Slimp sisters.
“I’m leaving for work now, Mother Dear.” Smidley Pench would say to his mother every morning.
“Who’s that? Is someone here?” His mother would always reply.
Smidley worked at the five and dime selling tiny turtles and goldfish from 9 to 5 and mooning over Loretta and Lolita Slimp who, thank the good lord above, worked in close proximity to Smedley Pench in the candy and popcorn department.
Every morning before opening, Smidley would say hello to the Slimp sisters and every morning before opening either Loretta or Lolita would reply by asking, “Do you work here little man?”
Smidley tried everything to get the attention of the Slimp sisters. Sometimes he would put several tiny turtles in the isle and pretend as though they had escaped and valiantly run after them.
Sometimes he would take his goldfish net and make a big show of scooping seven . . . sometimes even eight goldfish up at a time. But the Slimp sisters paid no attention.
It wasn’t until the day that Smidley’s boss came over and told Smidley in a loud voice that Smedley was doing a fine job and that he was going to give him a big fat raise that Loretta and Lolita took notice.
The next day was first day of the rest of Smidley Pench’s life. Loretta and Lolita took turns feeling Smidley’s muscles as he scooped up goldfish and squealed with delight as he rescued tiny turtles seconds before being crushed under the wheels of shopping carts.
Casual observers would have never guessed that within the cranium of this expressionless little man the Fourth of July, Christmas day and New Year’s Eve were happening.
And best of all, when he had left for work that morning his mother had even told him goodbye!