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Stop being a baby! Just do it!

Gingerly, she dipped one toe in. The shiver it sent up her spine almost made her step back. But she took a deep breath and plunged into the shimmering waters of the cold pool, as it danced in the  morning rays of the smiling sun.

As she came up for  air, the lone swimmer noticed an unexpected visitor at the water’s edge. One rare in the city.

Unblinkingly, the plump sparrow watched her as she completed two laps. With a chirp, it took off, leaving  behind a sense of warmth in its wake.

Word count:100


This is a combined post written in response to two prompts:


The prompts for this Wednesday and Saturday were

“Just do it” & “An unexpected visitor”

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Also linking this to the Ultimate Blog Challenge for April

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Shailaja V

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Inderpreet Kaur Uppal · April 6, 2014 at 5:50 am

Such a sweet story. Sparrows are indeed rare now ,even in small cities like mine.
Love how you combined the prompts.

Sreeja Praveen · April 6, 2014 at 7:45 am

A wonderful blend of the two prompts !! Loved the way you did it 🙂 A cute swimmer, and a cuter sparrow…a warm picture !

nibhz · April 6, 2014 at 9:08 am

loved the way you combined both the prompts!! Lovely story 🙂 · April 6, 2014 at 9:37 am

You've combined two prompts very well. Next step: three prompts in one post!

Aditi · April 6, 2014 at 10:54 am

This was lovely!! Great pic! 🙂

Psych Babbler · April 6, 2014 at 10:58 am

Beautifully woven tale! Love the pic and how you combined two prompts. By the way, sparrows are now rare? When did that happen???

geeta nair · April 6, 2014 at 11:06 am

Lovely take on two prompts at one go.

Corinne Rodrigues · April 6, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Clever! 🙂 Glad she learned to swim.

Shailaja V · April 6, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Thanks Indy 🙂 Yes, I hardly see them now 🙁

Shailaja V · April 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Will pass on your cute compliment to the swimmer 🙂

Shailaja V · April 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Thanks Nibha 😀

Shailaja V · April 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm

You have way too much faith in me 😉 I spent a good 30 minutes on combining just two prompts 😉

Shailaja V · April 6, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Aww.. thanks Aditi 🙂

Shailaja V · April 6, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Thanks Psych! Sigh, yes.. it is a sign of increasing pollution. Butterflies and sparrows populate pollution-free zones and sadly, India is not getting any better on that front.

Shailaja V · April 6, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Thank you Geeta 🙂

Shailaja V · April 6, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Oh yes! I learnt at the ripe age of 32 and decided that she shouldn't wait that long 🙂

Beloo Mehra · April 6, 2014 at 1:49 pm

A very creative way to combine the two prompts. Very nice. And that picture is so good..the blue colour is so pleasing. Thankfully, where I live we still see a lot of butterflies and some in my garden too 🙂

Shailaja V · April 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Thanks Beloo. You are blessed indeed 🙂

tulika singh · April 6, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Sparrows are such welcome visitors. All we get by the pool here are pigeons.. by the scores.
Amazing Authors
A to Z Challenge, 2014/ UBC, April 2014

Shailaja V · April 6, 2014 at 3:52 pm

We have pigeons too, but none by the pool, fortunately.

Shanmuga Priya Raj Kumar · April 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Great! glad that the unexpected visitor won't pass out silly comments! 🙂

Nabanita · April 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Such a gr8 post … Loved how you encouraged your daughter and the aspect of the sparrow.. Need I say it's another gr8 one!

Random Thoughts Naba

Carol Graham · April 6, 2014 at 6:21 pm

I wanted to comment on your post for “F” in the A to Z challenge but your link is broken 🙁

Cheryl · April 7, 2014 at 3:20 am

Great job. I love flash fiction. I also seem to do best writing fiction from prompts myself. May have to check those sites out.

shellymona · April 7, 2014 at 3:32 pm

You have brought this out in a nice fashion….loved reading it

simple girl..... · April 8, 2014 at 5:51 am

beautifully you have combined the two prompts…

Bhagyashree · April 9, 2014 at 5:57 am

You have used the two prompts so beautifully. Hats off to you.
Yes we are slaves of our fears if only we just do it…….

Ritesh Agarwal · April 10, 2014 at 11:20 am

Nicely written….Goes on to prove yet again that a good writer is not dependent on a plot. A story with simple narration can be as compelling as long as it has been written well

Usha Menon · April 11, 2014 at 10:07 am

Very well written two in one post. I wonder how you do it.

Shailaja V · April 11, 2014 at 12:49 pm

He he he.. yes, the quiet visitor is always welcome 🙂

Shailaja V · April 11, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Yet, I never tire of hearing you say that 😉

Shailaja V · April 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Sorry about that Carol. I think it's fixed and you've commented now. Thank you!

Shailaja V · April 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Indeed you must, Cheryl! Great site for prompts 🙂

Shailaja V · April 11, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Thank you very much 🙂

Shailaja V · April 11, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Glad you thought so 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

Shailaja V · April 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Slaves to our fears- how true that is. When we can choose to be masters instead 🙂

Shailaja V · April 11, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Thank you so much, Usha Madam 🙂

Shailaja V · April 11, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Thanks Ritesh! That is an interesting compliment. I do hope I will be able to do justice to plot-driven stories as well 🙂

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