Saturday, April 28, 2012

Ladybug on the Titanic: A Trifecta Writing Challenge









This weekend's Trifecta Challenge sounded like a real hoot, so I gave it a go.
Here are the parameters, the "prompt" -- followed by my submission:
This weekend, we return to the 33-word prompt, but this time, a 33-word prompt with a twist. Your task, should you choose to accept, is to take a scene that involves (or affects) at least three people. You should then write this scene from the point of view of three of the characters, using 33 words for each character. So for example, if your story involves a mother, a father and a young boy, you will tell the story first from the point of view of the mother (in 33 words), then the same story from the point of view of the father (in 33 words) and finally, from the point of view of the boy (also in 33 words).

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Ladybug on the Titanic

"I shall never forget you, Little Ladybug. May the Lord guide you in your new life." Tears fell silently on the Southampton dock as Mary waved toward the beloved red capped child onboard.

The young girl was confused. Everyone else had been so happy about her leaving for America. She hugged her doll and looked up, feeling the reassuring touch of a hand upon her shoulder.

"Come now, Love. Let us find our cabin." As they turned and walked away, Miss Parsons said to herself, "Mary, nothing on earth shall prevent me from keeping your daughter from harm's way."

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9 comments:

OldDogNewTits said...

Oh, I had to go back and re-read it at first then I saw the title. I just saw the movie again (this time with my 12-year-old son). So sad.

Trifecta said...

All that promise gone to waste. So sad, indeed.
Thanks for joining us, we hope you'll be back for the weekday prompt.

Libby Rodriguez said...

I think she kept her vow and they got out alive.

Very timely with the 100th anniversary of Titanic this month...

I love how she's the 'ladybug' with her little red cap - I can visualize her.

jannatwrites said...

I like you take on the prompt. But the Titanic story makes me so sad. So many things went wrong, more people should have survived.

Jester Queen said...

I hope she was one of those on the lifeboats.

Jester Queen said...

I hope she was one of those on the lifeboats.

Jester Queen said...

Awgh. All my comments on blogger are doubling up! Sorry!

Diane Turner said...

Interesting take on the prompt and sad. Nice visual language. Nicely done.

karen said...

So very sad. Especially the thought of the beautiful child in the red cape being sent off, how lonely she must have felt, lonely and confused, and how much more of that was in store for her.