Candy Or A Kiss?

Millicent’s bet:

First to swings, wins.

He yanked her ponytail

And ran.

She skunked him.

Couldn’t swallow his pride,

Had to weasel out of the kiss instead:

Seven was too young for marriage.


I tried to get in the mind of a seven-year-old boy for the Trifecta weekend challenge, which is community-judged this week.  Poor guy never considered he might lose (to a girl)!

If you like it, please visit the Trifecta site on Sunday (after 8PM Eastern time) to vote.  If you don’t like my entry, you should still visit the site to vote because I promise you’ll find something you do like among the entries   The writing prompt given is:

This weekend we want you to write a 33-word response using the
name of an animal as a verb
.  Some examples are: to dog, to snake, to bear,
to duck. . .you get the idea.  Write about anything you want and use whichever
verb tense you need, but give us an animal as a verb in there somewhere.

In honor of Trifecta, I used three animals.  I’m either an over-achiever or a suck-up…you call it 🙂

Oh, I almost forgot – if you want to write your own entry, check out the Trifecta site by clicking on the Tricycle picture to see full instructions.  Happy writing (and reading!)

64 thoughts on “Candy Or A Kiss?

  1. Tessa August 24, 2012 / 11:05 AM

    Suck up, yeah I vote suck up LOL! Boy you are ambitious, 3 animals. Good job Janna!

    • jannatwrites August 24, 2012 / 8:35 PM

      Well, I figured promising chocolates for votes would be going too far 🙂 Thanks for reading, Tessa!

  2. Jeanna August 24, 2012 / 11:08 AM

    Great job! I’m in awe of your 3 animals!

    • jannatwrites August 24, 2012 / 8:36 PM

      Thanks, Jeanna. I’m glad you liked the little zoo 🙂

  3. Imelda August 24, 2012 / 11:20 AM

    oh lovely! This is so heartwarming. Very well done, Janna. 🙂

    • jannatwrites August 24, 2012 / 8:37 PM

      Thanks, Imelda! It wasn’t long ago that I asked my six-year-old what he thought marriage was and he told me it was kissing. I thought it was cute, so I had to use it 🙂

    • jannatwrites August 24, 2012 / 8:41 PM

      Thanks for reading, Phil! Definitely wanted to lighten it up for the weekend 🙂

  4. newwhitebear August 24, 2012 / 11:49 AM

    A great job! Your post are always nice and amusing.

    • jannatwrites August 24, 2012 / 8:41 PM

      I’m glad you continue to read and share your thoughts on my posts, Newwhitebear. Have a beautiful weekend 🙂

    • jannatwrites August 24, 2012 / 8:42 PM

      Thanks so much for reading, Ruby! I can’t wait to see what everyone else has done 🙂

  5. lumdog August 24, 2012 / 12:20 PM

    Clever and multiple takes on the prompt. This was a fun one!

    • jannatwrites August 24, 2012 / 8:42 PM

      Thank you, Lumdog – I’m glad you liked reading this one!

  6. Annette Mickelson August 24, 2012 / 4:06 PM

    Good use of the prompt — weasel and skunk are appropriate animals for seven year olds. 🙂

    • jannatwrites August 24, 2012 / 8:43 PM

      Ha! I didn’t think about that, but you’re right…those are seven-year-old verbs 🙂 Thanks for reading, Annette!

  7. Teala August 24, 2012 / 4:45 PM

    This is so visual!

    • jannatwrites August 24, 2012 / 8:43 PM

      Thanks, Teala. I appreciate you stopping by to read it.

  8. nrhatch August 24, 2012 / 6:44 PM

    Well done, Janna. You have my vote . . . and I’ll do my best to remember to swing by and actually register it. 😉

    • jannatwrites August 24, 2012 / 8:44 PM

      Aw, thanks, Nancy! I’m glad I got your vote even if you don’t remember to register it 🙂 (I’ll stick with it being the thought that counts.)

    • jannatwrites August 24, 2012 / 8:45 PM

      Thanks, Kelly! I’m glad you stopped by.

  9. Sandra August 24, 2012 / 8:43 PM

    Very well done! With multiple prompt responses, yay!

    • jannatwrites August 24, 2012 / 8:46 PM

      Thanks, Sandra! I appreciate you stopping by to read it. I’m so behind on reading, I missed your Trifecta entry for last week…I’m checking it out tonight!

    • jannatwrites August 24, 2012 / 9:49 PM

      Thanks so much for your comment, Amy. I had hoped it flowed naturally. (I had my younger son in mind when I wrote it.) I can’t wait to see what you came up with 🙂

    • jannatwrites August 25, 2012 / 12:09 PM

      Thanks for reading, Dianne. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  10. brenda w August 25, 2012 / 8:30 AM

    Hee hee! You just took over first place on my list as I read. Well done Janna!!

    • jannatwrites August 25, 2012 / 12:11 PM

      Thanks, Brenda. I’m glad you liked it. I hope it stays on your list after you read another couple entries 😆

  11. pattyabr August 25, 2012 / 8:49 AM

    Nice. I must be dense but I only saw two animals in your Trifecta unless ponytail is the third.

    • jannatwrites August 25, 2012 / 12:12 PM

      Well, Patty, you probably found weasel and skunked…the third one was swallow (like the bird.) That last one was sneaky. Thanks for reading 🙂

  12. Marie August 25, 2012 / 8:49 AM

    Wait a minute… isn’t marriage solely about kissing? What the heck did I say “I do” to anyways?

    • jannatwrites August 25, 2012 / 12:16 PM

      I know, right? I’m not sure I knew everything I signed up for, but I learned to adapt! Thanks for reading, Marie. Your comment made me smile 🙂

  13. El Guapo August 25, 2012 / 9:52 AM

    I’m competing against you this week I guess, but you’re getting my vote.
    Great story, great use of the prompt!

    • jannatwrites August 25, 2012 / 12:17 PM

      Thanks, El Guapo. Your comment is a huge compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed the story and the animals 🙂

  14. Gina August 25, 2012 / 12:52 PM

    Skunked is a perfect verb for oh so many things! Seven is definitely too young for kissing but definitely marriage promises. Best to weasel, too! Fun!

    • jannatwrites August 25, 2012 / 8:45 PM

      Yeah, marriage talk should at least wait until ten 🙂 (only kidding, of course!) Thanks for stopping by to read the story, Gina.

  15. R.L.W. August 25, 2012 / 1:53 PM

    SO cute! Great job!

    • jannatwrites August 25, 2012 / 8:45 PM

      Thanks so much for reading, R.L.W. 🙂

  16. Linda Vernon August 25, 2012 / 5:21 PM

    Good for her! Ha! Enjoyed this little read. 😀

    • jannatwrites August 25, 2012 / 8:46 PM

      Thanks, Linda! I’m glad you stopped by and enjoyed the story.

  17. pattisj August 25, 2012 / 6:55 PM

    Cute story, we’ve all been there! Great job on the menagerie, too.

    • jannatwrites August 25, 2012 / 8:47 PM

      I love the innocence of young children. Thanks for reading the story, Patti!

  18. debseeman August 25, 2012 / 11:01 PM

    This is cute. I like. 🙂

  19. Renada Styles August 26, 2012 / 5:07 AM

    that was adorable. i sometimes wonder what happened to that innocence of youth.

    • jannatwrites August 26, 2012 / 9:57 PM

      Yeah, those are good days. It makes me sad to see the innocence of my own children eroding way as they get older. Thanks for reading, Renada!

  20. Carl D'Agostino August 26, 2012 / 6:02 AM

    At 14 he’d give anything for that kiss. Now at 63, I would too.

    • jannatwrites August 26, 2012 / 9:58 PM

      You crack me up, Carl! Thanks for making me laugh 🙂

  21. C.D. Tolliver August 26, 2012 / 11:05 AM

    It’s a good thing he didn’t goose her.

    • jannatwrites August 26, 2012 / 10:02 PM

      Ah, another animal…would’ve been a good fit if I had a few more words 🙂 Glad you stopped by, C.D..

  22. debseeman August 26, 2012 / 12:40 PM

    Really like the innocence of the piece and great job with the prompt.

    • jannatwrites August 26, 2012 / 10:02 PM

      Thanks, Deb. I’m happy you liked this one!

  23. Christine August 26, 2012 / 2:21 PM

    This was adorable! Nice work with three animals. I used two – I should have gone for the trifecta, though.

    • jannatwrites August 26, 2012 / 10:04 PM

      Thanks, Christine. I’m glad you liked it! I didn’t plan on three animals, but when I realized they were there I had to pay tribute to Trifecta 🙂

  24. OldDogNewTits August 26, 2012 / 2:52 PM

    How sweet. And you know I’m partial to the multi-animal usage. 🙂

    • jannatwrites August 26, 2012 / 10:05 PM

      Thanks, ODNT! I think you win when it comes to multi-animal usage, though 🙂

  25. flipside records August 26, 2012 / 9:14 PM

    Perfect. Loved “skunked.” Too young to marry indeed. Why do they start all this lovey lovey stuff when they’re so little?! My oldest daughter was six when she first decided she needed a boyfriend. Ugh.

    • jannatwrites August 26, 2012 / 10:08 PM

      Childhood is scary for parents, Flipside. Last year, in Kindergarten, a neighbor’s daughter proclaimed that she was going to marry our son. Yikes! I had to laugh though, because at the moment it was relayed to me, my five-year-old son was playing a fight scene (with himself) and tripped over his feet. As he lay sprawled out on the ground, I had to agree that my boy was quite the catch 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

  26. vivinfrance August 28, 2012 / 12:00 AM

    Congratulations on your votes. I like your assumed identity!

    • jannatwrites August 28, 2012 / 7:14 AM

      Thanks, Viv! I’m so glad I slipped back into my normal identity before I learned to burp the ABCs (a skill my six-year-old wanted to demonstrate for me, but I politely declined to be his audience :))

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