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Story Idea - Wisping Away the Kernals

Shucking corn had always been something Mary and her family did. With husks and little “hairs” lying together in a heap on the table, they never noticed the even thinner wisps of light that seemed to fade and float away…Where do they go? What are they? These little creatures are actually the ones who take care of the crops and nurture every kernel. The hairs left behind are the remnants of the threads they leave behind.

When Mary was 9, she thought she saw something float away and wave to her. Her mother dismisses it as a rogue ray of light. During this fall festive season, 12 years after that first experience, she picks up a new cob. Her sisters and relatives continue to talk. Her mind has begun to drift as she thinks about what she wants to do with her life. This time, however, the ray of light does wave, it stammers and lands on her nose. Mary still did not notice the creature until two others are lifting the injured one toward the window. Mary jumps up and just stares into the bright sunlight…

What happens next? Does it inspire Mary? Does she tell the others? What is their reaction? Does Mary try to track down another? Does she know where these creatures reside? Decide on the story, and write. Post it here, or share elsewhere, but write and enjoy…

Story Idea - Wisping Away the Kernals

Shucking corn had always been something Mary and her family did. With husks and little “hairs” lying together in a heap on the table, they never noticed the even thinner wisps of light that seemed to fade and float away…Where do they go? What are they? These little creatures are actually the ones who take care of the crops and nurture every kernel. The hairs left behind are the remnants of the threads they leave behind.

When Mary was 9, she thought she saw something float away and wave to her. Her mother dismisses it as a rogue ray of light. During this fall festive season, 12 years after that first experience, she picks up a new cob. Her sisters and relatives continue to talk. Her mind has begun to drift as she thinks about what she wants to do with her life. This time, however, the ray of light does wave, it stammers and lands on her nose. Mary still did not notice the creature until two others are lifting the injured one toward the window. Mary jumps up and just stares into the bright sunlight…

What happens next? Does it inspire Mary? Does she tell the others? What is their reaction? Does Mary try to track down another? Does she know where these creatures reside? Decide on the story, and write. Post it here, or share elsewhere, but write and enjoy…

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