Lost Bell

School was officially out for the summer. But somehow, Bell was lost. A precocious first grader, tall for her age, she’d ended up in an empty hall. I can’t miss my bus! Ma will be so mad! Where is everyone???

She saw a weird machine-thing hanging on the wall. Climbing on it, standing tiptoe, her hand just reached the window. Oops. The black handle-thing fell off. The machine buzzed. Bell pounded on the window and screamed for help. Standing by her small charges in the driveway, Mrs. Verizon heard the ruckus. She hurried inside to find the distraught Bell.

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Word Count: 100  Written for Friday Fictioneers where the inimitable Rochelle Wisoff-Fields presents a weekly photographic motivator for flash fiction (a story of 100 words or less). Photo credit: J. Hardy Carroll. 

43 thoughts on “Lost Bell

  1. rochellewisoff July 26, 2017 / 9:06 am

    Dear Lillian,

    Very clever story and play on phone systems. Makes me smile.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • lillian July 26, 2017 / 9:08 am

      Always happy to hand out smiles 🙂 They’re good for the complexion I hear!

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 8:44 am

      It was fun to do! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed.

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  2. Jane Dougherty July 26, 2017 / 10:06 am

    I had a horrible feeling the phone was going to leap off the wall and strangle her. Must stop having these thoughts…Nice interpretation, Lillian, made me smile 🙂

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 8:45 am

      Never! I saw this photo and first thought of a phone on the wall in a prison hall…..shook my head and decided we all need some humor in our lives so went this way! 🙂 Always happy to hand out smiles.

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 8:46 am

      Glad you enjoyed. Always good to have upturned mouths rather than frowns! 🙂

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 8:46 am

      Ah, sometimes it’s good to make the pen smile on the page 🙂

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 8:47 am

      Glad you enjoyed! A little humor is good for the spirit, right?

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 8:47 am

      Happy to be cheeky —- always happy when the pen on the page creates something cheeky! 🙂

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  3. michael1148humphris July 27, 2017 / 7:56 am

    I enjoyed your take on the photo prompt, and I am so glad the old phone came to her rescue.

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 8:48 am

      Yep — even though she had no idea she could use it to phone someone….it sure made a good step ladder so she could reach the window! 🙂

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 8:49 am

      Always happy to hand out smiles 🙂

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 8:50 am

      Resourceful little girl —- that old thing on the wall made for a good step ladder….never mind the humming it made. 🙂

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  4. wmqcolby July 28, 2017 / 4:56 am

    Bell and Verizon. Too funny! I had thought this might be disguised as a sort of parable about the phone companies. Fun! Nicely done, Lillian.

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 8:52 am

      Oh yes…..and the idea that our youth today have no idea what a wall phone is….having grown up with a cell phone in their hands. I also once wrote a haibun about a young mail carrier’s first day on the job where he just dumped all the “junk mail” (catalogs etc) on the lady’s porch because he had no idea what the “Letter” slot was for on the door! (since he is so familiar with email, snapchat, etc) 🙂

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  5. Elizabeth Young July 28, 2017 / 9:29 am

    I had to read the comments to understand your references – we have neither of those companies in England!

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 8:53 am

      So sorry for the enthnocentricity of the piece. So think about the young children there who have only grown up with cell phones and look at those red “closets” on the street and wonder what they’re for???? 🙂

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 8:53 am

      Always happy to hand out smiles! 🙂

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  6. pennygadd51 July 28, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    You give us a good sense of a resourceful little girl. I bet there’s some more tales where that one came from!

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 8:53 am

      I’ll have to “ring her up” and see what she’s doing next week! 🙂

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    • lillian July 31, 2017 / 8:54 am

      Smiling I am here! LOVE your comment! 🙂

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  7. Dale July 31, 2017 / 10:37 am

    Along with all the others, I am left smiling.

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