Welcome to the Spot Writers. This week the prompt is to use the first line of a nursery rhyme in the story in the story. Fun!
Today’s contribution comes from RC Bonitz, author of A BLANKET FOR HER HEART.
The Truth About Jack
by R. C. Bonitz
Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after. Hold it- that’s the Madison Avenue version of this story. Watered down-to make Jack look good.
The truth is Jack didn’t fall. Jill gave him a shove. You see this guy Jack is not the sweetest soul in the world. They climbed to the top of that hill and Jack, as he loved to do, began bossing Jill around, making her fill the pail and then insisting she carry the loaded pail all the way down the hill. By herself, while he meandered casually beside her.
Now Jill is pretty tolerant and easy going, but this was just the last straw. Jack the Bully, that’s what he is. So, she gave him an elbow in the ribs and sent him flying.
Down, down he went tumbling over and over. (He’s not very athletic.) Finally, he crashed on his crown, which broke into three pieces. That’s important, because that gold crown (yup, that’s the type of crown he had.) is sort of magical. As long as he was wearing it he felt like a king. Thought he was pretty hot stuff actually. When he saw it in three pieces he went to pieces too, moaning and groaning and crying. Blaming Jill of course. But his blaming and demanding had no power anymore. She just smiled and ignored his complaints.
Now Jill is pretty resourceful. She grabbed some Super Glue and fixed that crown and stuck it on her own head. Something magical happened. Jack’s erstwhile power shifted to her. He couldn’t bully her anymore. She had the power now. She could be the bossy one if she wanted to. Or she could still be the kind and sweet soul she’d always been. (Except for that shove of course!)
She had an interesting decision to make.
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