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Latchkey Children for #StaD May; Day Two

Hello there, and welcome to my Story a Day May “Show My Work” post! This is where I give you a sneak peek into how I’m creating two (very short) stories, every day this May (yep; less than 24 hours from my first reading of the prompt to a committed story, even if I’m not quite that fast at posting them!

Ready to read?

Well then, what are we waiting for?

The Day Two prompt, by writer Jerry B. Jenkins

A socially awkward girl in her early teens is a latchkey kid, alone at home after school as usual. Flipping through channels she lands on one she soon realizes only she can see—and it’s from the future.

Main Project Premise:

  • Marilyn, who has been emotionally abandoned by her parents, has a shattering and life-changing experience when she sees her own future death on television.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • She’s home alone, “after” school, although she’s skipped for the last week without anyone seeming to notice or care. She’s gotten ahold of [a hallucinagenic drug TBD] and is watching television, rolling through the channels as she starts her trip. She sees what she knows is herself, but older – seventeen, eighteen maybe? – in a hospital, with a black-haired girl she doesn’t know, and an unmoving baby she knows is hers – and dying. And that baby dying means that she has to die, too.

Favorite Bit of The Story: Messed Up”

Marilyn sinks into the couch. She used to think that was just a saying…but then, she’s never been on a trip like this before. She’s literally sinking into the couch. She thinks she might even be becoming a part of it, its plaid pattern flickering over her skin, shifting to match her coloring, then back…she was a couch-girl, and the couch was a girl-couch.

That makes her giggle little crystal gems that shatter into a million gentle singing shards when they hit coffee table or floor.

Side Project Premise:

  • T’Pol is using her independent assignment to gather all the information she can about humans, which leads to some startling dreams she can’t control.

Word List:


  • disco

  • Ferris Wheel



  • hypnotic

  • deep waters

  • lifeline

  • omitted

  • new worlds to conquer


Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • At last allowed to be alone and move more or less freely on this world, T’Pol begins to collect human entertainments, and spends many of the hours when she’s not working absorbing these items. They intrude into her dreams, where she is a young girl back home on Vulcan, in the time between the end of her day’s schooling and the time Mother will arrive home, and the entertainments she views in rapid succession present the image of herself, and a blue-eyed smiling human who compels her as no other being ever has, while discordant, exhilirating music binds them together.

Favorite Bit of  “The Music and the Man”

Music – hypnotic, like the human male with ocean-blue eyes, smiling at her. “New Worlds to Conquer!” He laughed.

To see the story in full, as it posts, visit my page!

If you’d like to learn more about Julie Duffy and Story A Day May, click the links and learn away!




    I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

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