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Saturday Centus, Week 147: Pupa

Jenny Matlock says she’s going through some things. Let’s keep her in our thoughts and prayers, shall we? In the midst of the whatsit that is her life, she posted this prompt for the week’s Saturday Centus:


I decided to offer this 105-word piece, called “Pupa:”

Pupa (Puposka Snow Globe)


Over the years, Marigold had let herself go. She could no longer find a scale on which to weigh herself and so did not. She had learned to sew as a child and made her own fashionable clothing. She had long ago been a gymnast and while the uneven bars were a thing of the past, she was still remarkably light on her feet. She of course knew that Suzanna and the other girls made fun of her, but tonight, she would surprise them. As she took her last bite of cake, she announced, “I’ve officially reached critical mass,” and emerged from her skin cocoon.


  1. Karen S. February 18, 2013 5:08 am

    I like the suspense you offered leading right up to your lovely close,

    • AR Neal February 18, 2013 3:27 pm

      Thank you, Karen! I try to please 🙂

  2. Judie February 18, 2013 2:06 pm

    I keep hoping I will emerge from my cocoon to find that I am slender, beautiful, and rich. Great take on the prompt!!

    • AR Neal February 18, 2013 4:44 pm

      Thank you, Judie! I agree–I too await that day of emergence!

  3. Viki February 18, 2013 5:25 pm

    I bet a lot of us wish we could come out of a cocoon. Great take on this.

    • AR Neal February 18, 2013 5:29 pm

      Thank you, Viki!

  4. Karen Sather (@swirlgal01) February 20, 2013 7:49 pm

    I’m with Judie on that but I add living in a winter free world! I like how your writing mind works with this!

    • AR Neal February 20, 2013 7:57 pm

      Thank you, Karen! I agree about the winter-free world; we moved from the northeast to southern California about six years ago 🙂

  5. edenhousenews February 22, 2013 5:14 pm

    Oh if only I could be a slim person

    • AR Neal February 22, 2013 5:18 pm

      Amen! I keep working at it and one day, God willing, will arrive! I trust the same for you 🙂

  6. Jenny Matlock March 9, 2013 1:37 am


    That’s what’s going on with me!

    I never knew it!

    I am soooo excited to think I can shed this!

    What wonderful imagery.

    And I really liked that little snow globe!

    • AR Neal March 9, 2013 1:49 am

      🙂 Gotta love the internet…it helps locate people who create the images and music for the soundtrack of our lives!

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