A New Beginning

April 5, 2017 at 4:23 pm 39 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 7 April 2017

Jellico’s Stationhouse

Photo Credit: Jellico’s Stationhouse

Ryan found the bike staring like a dog straining to go out.

It reminded him of Amanda in his 8th grade class. Whenever Ryan saw her, he felt an itch in his heart that he couldn’t scratch.

If there was a problem, it was that Ryan wasn’t in her league. He was overweight. With a head round like an orange and a body shaped like a pear, Ryan begged his mom for a bike so he could get in shape and maybe win her over.

“OK, dude, today’s the start of a new beginning. Let’s have fun in the park.”

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  • 1. Alicia Jamtaas  |  April 5, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Yeah! A tale with a good ending! I really like where you took this.

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  April 6, 2017 at 11:32 am

      alicia:

      thank you. if anything, it was a positive ending.

      Reply
  • 3. TraceyDelaplainMD.com and WhatsForDinnerDoc.com  |  April 5, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Any reason that gets a kid moving is a good reason. Great story.

    Reply
    • 4. plaridel  |  April 6, 2017 at 11:31 am

      tracey:

      totally agree. 🙂

      Reply
  • 5. FabricatingFiction  |  April 6, 2017 at 3:33 am

    I am rooting for Ryan!

    Reply
    • 6. plaridel  |  April 6, 2017 at 11:30 am

      louise:

      awesome. hopefully, he can hear you. 🙂

      Reply
  • 7. neelwritesblog  |  April 6, 2017 at 4:31 am

    staring like a dog straining to go out. Good lines. Me too, i am rooting for Ryan.

    Reply
    • 8. plaridel  |  April 6, 2017 at 11:30 am

      neel:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 9. draliman  |  April 6, 2017 at 6:02 am

    As good a reason as any to get in shape!

    Reply
    • 10. plaridel  |  April 6, 2017 at 11:29 am

      draliman:

      true, even if he doesn’t get the girl.

      Reply
  • 11. jellico84  |  April 6, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Excellent take on the photo. 🙂

    Reply
    • 12. plaridel  |  April 6, 2017 at 11:29 am

      jelli:

      thank you for the excellent picture prompt. 🙂

      Reply
      • 13. jellico84  |  April 6, 2017 at 11:57 am

        You’re more than welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.

        Reply
  • 14. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover  |  April 6, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Loved the imagery in comparing the bike to a dog. Hope he takes it for a ride everyday.

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    • 15. plaridel  |  April 6, 2017 at 11:29 am

      life lessons of a dog lover:

      i think his mom would be pleased. the money she paid for the bike would be worth it.

      Reply
  • 16. yuhublogger  |  April 6, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Lovely! A nice motivation for the boy to get in shape. Ha Ha! I loved the line ” he felt an itch in his heart that he couldn’t scratch”. Brilliant.

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    • 17. plaridel  |  April 6, 2017 at 11:33 am

      yuhu:

      i’m glad it made sense. thank you for reading as always. 🙂

      Reply
  • 20. Christine Goodnough  |  April 6, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    How’s that for a great motivator? In Chapter two make him tall and slim and hunky. 😊

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    • 21. plaridel  |  April 6, 2017 at 11:32 pm

      christine:

      excellent idea. 🙂

      Reply
      • 22. Christine Goodnough  |  April 7, 2017 at 5:00 am

        Oh, but I had serious second thoughts about this. As we ladies say, “Why does it always have to be about “beauty and body”? Why can’t people accept me for what I am?

        So maybe Ryan needs to find someone who can accept him for who he is. Exercise for the good of his health instead of trying to win a girl by becoming a hunk. (Except when you’re a teen the focus does tend to be all on looks, doesn’t it?)

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        • 23. plaridel  |  April 8, 2017 at 1:44 pm

          christine:

          teens will always be teens. hopefully, getting rid of the extra pounds will make him feel good about himself.

          Reply
  • 24. handmadejewelryhaven  |  April 6, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Love the happy ending!
    Thank you for sharing.

    – Lisa

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    • 25. plaridel  |  April 6, 2017 at 11:31 pm

      lisa:

      thank you for reading as usual. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 26. rochellewisoff  |  April 7, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Great take on the prompt. I’m pulling for Ryan to discover a new love–being active and fit. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    Reply
    • 27. plaridel  |  April 8, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      rochelle:

      there are more fishes in the ocean if he doesn’t win her over. he’ll do fine. 🙂

      Reply
  • 28. lingeringvisions by Dawn  |  April 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    When the ugly duckling becomes a swan…

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    • 29. plaridel  |  April 8, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      dawn:

      that’s the goal. 🙂

      Reply
  • 30. Sarah Ann  |  April 8, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Loved the descriptions of Ryan. Here’s hoping he did have fun while he got fit, even if he didn’t get the girl.

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    • 31. plaridel  |  April 8, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      sarah ann:

      i think his mom’s with you on this one. 🙂

      Reply
  • 32. gahlearner  |  April 8, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Maybe in time he understands that he is doing this for himself, not the girl. Go, Ryan.

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    • 33. plaridel  |  April 9, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      gahlearner:

      i think that’ll be awesome when it happens. 🙂

      Reply
  • 34. Amy Reese  |  April 8, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Ryan came up with such a positive and healthy solution for his dilemma. I like your description of him, too. I hope it works out him. Nice one!

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    • 35. plaridel  |  April 9, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      amy:

      hey, that’s one way at looking at it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 36. Michael Wynn  |  April 10, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I hope it works for him, but t the very least he’l lbe in shape, even if she’s not there

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    • 37. plaridel  |  April 10, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      mick:

      with so many folks rooting for him, how could he lose? 🙂

      Reply
  • 38. Seymour Purves  |  April 10, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Seymour Purves

    A New Beginning | Musings of a Random Mind

    Reply
    • 39. plaridel  |  April 10, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      thank you for the pingback. much appreciated.

      Reply

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