A. Marie Silver

A. Marie Silver

642 Things to Write About: The New Girl

Today’s challenge is to write a scene where the only spoken dialogue is “Umm, Uh-huh, Urrr, and Mmmm”


She is the strangest person I’ve ever seen.  The teacher called on her, like, five minutes ago and she’s just standing there.  There’s something really off about her but I can’t figure out what it is.

“Umm.” She cleared her throat for the 6 millionth time in the last two minutes, fidgeting in place.

I tried to figure out what it was about her that was so off today.  A hard task to accomplish considering she’s the new girl.  I don’t have a lot of past precedents to go off.

“Urrrrr.” She bit her lip and stared off into space.  Wherever it is, I hope her view is better than mine.

Maybe it’s her hair.  Maybe that’s what’s so off about her today.  Normally she has these really pretty, loose curls that make me crazy.  My curls are the headquarters of frizz central.  But her, nope.  She has hair-product-commercial-quality hair.  It’s annoying…..and rude! But today that’s not the case.  Today her curls don’t spring, they’re kind of flat and stringy.

I jumped back into the present, listening as the teacher asked her for the 10 billionth time today if she understood the question.

“Uh-huh,” she said, nodding.

Whatever.  It’s not a trick question.  At least  I don’t think it’s a trick question.  I’m not sure; I haven’t been paying attention. I can’t shake the fact that something is really off about her.

“Mm-mmm,” said, humming it as she continued fidgeting in place.

I wish she’d concede and sit her naked ass down.  Oh my God!  That’s it!  She’s naked.  That’s what’s off about her.  This whole time I’ve been staring at girl who’s standing up in front of the entire class naked!  If I were her, I’d be really embarrassed right about now.  Judging by the look of her – and trust me, I’m not trying to look – she hasn’t shaved in quite some time.  So not the impression you want people to have – especially when you’re the new girl.

Wait a second….why hasn’t anyone else noticed?

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