Writing Prompt: Adventure and Monkey

Write as much as you can in fifteen minutes using two words given to you. Words may be reused, but the writing/story will always be different.

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Writing Prompt: Adventure and Monkey

Friday had finally come. It had been a long boring week. School was boring. Home life was boring. I was just ready to get this week over with. I tried to get out of school every day this week, but it didn’t seem to be in my cards. My parents weren’t having any of it. They told me that being in a mood didn’t excuse me from getting out of school. 

At least today was going to be somewhat decent. It was an adventure they called it. Whatever. We were in high school. Let’s call it what it is. We were going to the city zoo. I didn’t mind. I loved the zoo. It was one of the few good things this stupid place had to offer. The point remains. They should call it what it is. A field trip to the zoo. Not a damn adventure. 

That’s how the people talk here though. They have to make everything sound so special. I guess they feel they have to make up for us living in a place so small that everybody knows everybody else and all their business. Most of the people here grew up together and would probably be stuck here for the rest of their lives. Not me though. I was out of there the moment I graduated. 

“Brad! What are you most looking forward to seeing today?”

My attention snapped back to the classroom. I looked over at Brad. He was honestly one of the few things in this stupid place that I enjoyed. He wasn’t like everybody else. He stood out. He dressed boldly. He already had five piercings on his face and tattoos on his arms. He had to cover them with long sleeves, but still. I couldn’t wait to hear what he had to say.

“I think I’m looking most forward to visiting the monkeys. Even if we aren’t allowed to feed a single monkey a banana. How fucked up is that?”

“Language Mr. Pearson.”

“Sorry. It won’t happen again.”

“See that it doesn’t. I’ll let you off on a warning this time. Great answer though. Anybody else want to answer? Edith? We haven’t heard much from you all week.”

“We hardly ever hear from her. She doesn’t speak.”

“Enough, Brad.”

“Fine. I’m just saying. You pick on her a lot. It’s not nice.”

“I will reflect on that later, Brad. Thank you. Edith? Would you like to answer?”

“I’m looking most forward to seeing the tigers. They are the most majestic creatures at the zoo. They have the capability to destroy everything around them, but they choose not to.”

“Well…. That’s a very interesting answer. Thank you, Edith.”

“Not a problem. Are we able to listen to headphones while there like last time?”

“Wouldn’t you rather chat with your friends while enjoying the scenery?” 

“She doesn’t really have friends. She thinks she’s above us.”

“Hey! I do not! We all just don’t have things in common.”

“Maybe if you bothered to get to know us, you would find we have plenty in common! But no. We’re not good enough.”

“Sarah! Edith! Enough! Brad, stop laughing!”

“Why? This is comedy gold. Not every day you see the preppy cheerleader get butt hurt over the misfit not wanting to hang out with her!”

“Not fair! I’m just pointing out that she doesn’t bother to get to know us.” 

“I did. In middle school. We had nothing in common. Not much has changed.”

Sarah scoffed and started to open her mouth to retort. Luckily for me, the bell rang interrupting her almost tirade. While it would have been a spark of excitement for the week, I didn’t have the energy to get into another debacle with Sarah. She’s been trying to get me to join her group and to cheerlead since we were in the fifth grade. You’d think that she’d have given up by now. We’ll be graduating next year and I still haven’t shown any interest. 

I gathered my things and prepared to leave. I typically waited until everybody else had left the room before leaving. Especially Sarah and her crew. There was no telling when they would try to ambush me thinking that ambush was the way to go to make me see the light of day. I was almost at the door when somebody grabbed my arm.

“You really should cut Sarah some slack. She seems to really adore you. Not that I can see why.”

“Our parents were best friends. She’s had it in her head since preschool that we should be best friends too. You saying you don’t like me?”

“Hey don’t put words in my mouth! I didn’t say that. And yeah. That makes total sense. It’s shocking she still tries.”

“You said you couldn’t see why she adores me.”

“Yeah. She. Not me. It’s obvious to anybody with a brain that the two of you have nothing in common. You and I however….”

“What could we possibly have in common?”

“Hang out with me during our lovely adventure and see.”

“Is that a challenge?”

“Would you accept any other way?”

“…. Fine. Let’s do this. You’ll regret it though.”

“I’m sure I won’t. Be prepared to be wooed, Miss James.”

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