December Prompt: Present Perfect

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December Prompt: Present Perfect

Postby Sky Alton » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:58 pm

Hobbits give presents to other people on their own birthdays (…) Actually in Hobbiton and Bywater every day in the year was somebody's birthday, so that every hobbit in those parts had a fair chance of at least one present at least once a week. But they never got tired of them.
-The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R Tolkien

The exchanging of gifts dates back to ancient times and there are so many meanings that can be attached to them. The gifts themselves, how they’re given and why tell us a lot about one another and the societies in which we live. I enjoy reading about gift-giving in books because it can highlight so many interesting nuances (besides, I love descriptions of presents).

So, this month I’d love to receive a story (200 words or more) from you about a gift. It can be an actual present or a more abstract or emotional thing. You’ll earn 20 beans for completing this prompt as well as it counting towards the chance to snag our shiny Quill and Ink award.

There is no deadline as such for these prompts but if you’d like it to count towards your chance of earning the award for a specific year, we’ll need it by the end of that school year. If you’re comfortable sharing, then post below. If not, email your story to us via hol.bookclub @ (without the spaces). Oh and remember it’s a good idea to check through your piece carefully for spelling and grammatical errors as they make it harder for people to properly enjoy your work.
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Re: December Prompt: Present Perfect

Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:59 pm

When I was a child, I lived on a farm. I was horse-crazy. We had ... cattle (both beef and milk) and sheep and goats and pigeons and chickens and turkeys and pigs and dogs and cats and all kinds of animals but no horse.

So one day we went to the auction and came home with a horse. To avoid arguing whose horse it was, Dad said the horse belonged to Mom (Mom doesn't like animals ...). Life went on and I learned to ride bareback. My largest decision was whether to ride in shorts (so had the grip of skin on hair) or ride with long pants (so it was a bit slippery but I didn't have streaks of sweat and dirt down my legs).

One Christmas, though, after most of the presents had been opened and enjoyed, Dad and my younger brother left the living room and were busy with something. I hadn't noticed they were gone, actually, being busy with my presents. Then I, and we, heard a noise coming down the hallway. ? What was that? We all looked and here on his hands and knees, pretending to be a horse, came my Dad, with my brother riding him. BUT! My Dad had rigged up a bareback saddle pad and was wearing it!

It was a bareback pad -- for me. It was dark blue and I completely and totally loved it. And I remember that even now -- as one of the most wonderful and thoughtful presents I've ever received. :wub:
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Re: December Prompt: Present Perfect

Postby Shiloh Adlar » Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:29 am

It was a couple of years ago when The Force Awakens came out that I was invited out to see the movie with some coworkers. I was nervous about attending because I had not gone out with friends pretty much my whole life. However, I decided to take the chance and test it out. It was right after or right before Christmas Day. I can't remember, and to get discounted seats, one of my coworkers ordered all of the tickets for us. When I got there to pay him back, he told me that he had it covered and not to worry about it. It was my Christmas gift. I am never much one for gifts, but it made me really happy.

When we got into the theater and sat down, we all had a really great time, and apparently my gift to my coworkers was watching my face through the film. Apparently I make good faces when watching movies and when I get excited about something or something clicks in my brain.

The movie was over too soon, and we all went our separate ways home, but I remember thinking that it was a lovely gift to simply spend time with some friends. It made me very happy that Christmas and got my mind off of other things. It was good.
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Re: December Prompt: Present Perfect

Postby Bull J. Johnson » Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:03 pm

(This is part two of the story. Part one can be found here viewtopic.php?f=393&p=279143#p279143 )

The Big Snowstorm (Part 2)

He looked although the books for awhile until he found an old script book that was a bit dusty and looked like it had seen better days. Jacob then went into the bathroom to get three towels. Before going into Valerie's room to grab a baby doll from off her bed. When he had retrieved all the props that he needed to put on the play he went back into the living room where his sisters were waiting on him.

"I found the perfect story for tonight, and if we practice a little we can even surprise ma with it when she wakes up from her nap. It can be our present to her this Christmas. What y'all think of that?" beamed Jacob with a huge smile on his face. Then he passed one towel to Sophie and the other one to Ellywe. Then he put his towel on his head and twisted it so that it looked like a turban.

"So these are going to be the roles. Ellywe, Sophie, and I will be the wise men, and Valerie you will get to be The Blessed Mother Mary. She has no lines, however she is the most important character, because without her there would be no Jesus."

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