Owning~99 words

Walking down the street as if she owned it. Not too much sway in her hips because she was not one to flaunt. Carrying herself with the sure knowledge that she is beauty incarnate. Womanly, strong nay, fierce and ready for anything. That day, she met a man who called out to her in a disrespectful way. Stopping immediately, she turned with supreme dignity and said, “May I help you?” He was not used to her kind of woman responding so he was silenced. He had never had a 300-pound woman answer his jeers. He watched her walk away.


© Carol Campbell

Beautiful Prompt from:

February 17: Flash Fiction Challenge

Charli Mills leads us in an exploration of the great beauty in diversity. This subject is what moves me to my core. We truly are the most beautiful in God’s sight when we are all-inclusive. Here’s some of what she said:

“February 17, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story of a character who is diverse. Who is this person? Does this character know, accept or reject being perceived as different? As writers, consider how we break stereotypes. Tell you own story of “otherness” if you feel compelled. Or, select a story of diversity, such as rainbows revealing gold. How is diversity needed? How is your character needed?”

Thank you, Charli!

❤ ❤ ❤


Published by: writersdream9

I have been writing all my life but for the most part, it has been a secret. My parents did not believe writing was a good way to earn money so I hid my poems. Then one day, I wanted to comment on an essay that a friend had written and found myself with a blog. That quiet whisper inside said, "You can write your poetry and no one will ever know.". I knew nothing of followers and the like at that time. So, here I am trying to learn my craft and enjoying every moment of it. My personal details are, I'm 57, married for 39 years, have one grown son who is God's gift to us and last but not least at all, I'm a Baha'i which basically means that I love all humanity.

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21 thoughts on “Owning~99 words”

  1. I love it! It reminded me of my recent experience in a cell phone store. I walked in with my elderly woman friend, and the young man greets us with, “Hi guys, what I can do for you?” Without hesitation, and because I have become quite annoyed with that greeting lately, I responded with, “First of all, we are NOT “guys!” My friend,who is in her 80’s, was a bit taken aback by my statement…but I did have a smile on my face when I spoke the words, and laughed a little afterwards—which may have saved me! LOL In any case, the young man apologized, several women around me smiled, and we continued to have a very good shopping experience. Love your writing piece! It is poignant!

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      1. Well, I do not know if I was particularly polite, unfortunately…the phrase, “Guys, what would you like…” Guys, how can I help you”…”guys, what’s up?”—it just has been bugging me a lot lately, as I feel very strongly that women are once again being made to look up as less, regarding their healthcare and needs, their pay, their education—so it just kind of blurted out of my mouth! LOL

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  2. I appreciate this blog so much. I like quiet confidence in a person. It makes for a person who is kind to others. Or it should even in a slight conflict. Tact is so important.

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  3. Oh wow; great turn.

    “Walking down the street as if she owned it. Not too much sway in her hips because she was not one to flaunt. ” … This is real confidence. Not having to flaunt it. Just being and knowing your worth.

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