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The Daily Prompt – December 13 – Friday, the 13th


1. Use the prompt in the way it’s intended (starting a sentence, the title of the piece, theme, etc)

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The Prompt:

Create a short story that begins with the line:

I awoke to an eerie feeling, and as I looked at the calendar, I realized it was Friday, the 13th.

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

3 comments on “The Daily Prompt – December 13 – Friday, the 13th

  1. Robert Long
    December 13, 2013

    I awoke to an eerie feeling, and as I looked at the calendar, I realized it was Friday, the 13th.

    Today was not a good day for me. Bad things always seemed to find a way into my life on this day. Whether it was a teacher giving a surprise quiz, or my computer crashing, bad tidings always appeared.

    I got up from bed and got ready for school, it was a lot warmer this morning, so much that I wasn’t shivering all the way to the bus stop.

    ‘Ok, so far so good.’ I thought as I joined my fellow drones at the stop.

    Minutes went by, more than usual. Thankfully I had my iPod playing ‘Red Like Roses’ to keep my social awkwardness at bay. It had come minutes later, must have been one of those late days.

    We arrived at the school without incident, but while walking to my 1st period class, I noticed someone slip on ice that hadn’t yet melted. The contents of their backpack spewing out from their confinements and appearing strewn on the pavement.

    ‘Looks like someone’s having a bad morning.’

    I walked past the downed student, as someone was already at their side helping them up, and headed to my first period class.

    The teacher was a skinny man with a somewhat thick beard. He reminded me of Jack Patillo whenever I looked at him. “Class.” He said while getting up from his desk “I have a quiz for you today. Over the vocab terms we’ve been going over for the past week.”

    Great. My day was starting with a test I probably would fail, as if my grade wasn’t bad enough. I took the test dreadfully, and didn’t get too good of a grade, only a D+, which was about what I usually got. Looks like my parents will be chewing me out again.

  2. Arianna Burleson
    December 15, 2013

    I awoke to an eerie feeling, and as I looked at the calendar, I realized it was Friday, the 13th. I am thinking man i sure hope nothings bad happens today. and then i am thinking how can something go wrong when it is $13 for any piercing, can’t go wrong there, or can you? The whole day i keep thinking what should i get what should i get pierced, than i realize why not my dimples that’s pretty cute. its a lot of money but i am sure it is worth it, and how bad can i really hurt? well around 7pm i go to the tattoo place waiting anxiously to get my piercing. i keep seeing people come out with just bloody piercing’s that is not making me feel any better. I am up next. ” Arianna Tatum” oh boy i am freaking out. the guy asks “are you ready? ” as ready as i’ll every be i reply” my friend cant handle the way that it looks so she has to step out side. it takes about 20 minutes for him to finish. the pain was excruciating. If i was my friend i would walk out to but unfortunately i was the one getting it pierced. “Done” He says as i am trying to take a deep breath to calm myself down. he hands me a mirror, so what do you think ? What the HELL is this? they are totally in the wrong spot it looks like a zig zag all it was suppose to be was 2 dots. ” That will be $150″ ….

  3. Madison Kauffman
    January 28, 2014

    I awoke with an eerie feeling, and as I looked at the calendar, I realized it was Friday the 13th, so I went back to bed because I have the worst luck already.

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