Apr 13 2017

L #AtoZChallenge Statute of Limitation #Fiction #SFF

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My THEME for the A to Z challenge 2017 is an ongoing speculative fiction story featuring telepathy.

Each letter post is titled and inspired by a commonly misused word or phrase.

The story started with All Intents and Purposes.

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Statute of Limitation

“Anah, a word please,” Mr. Bennett says as he passes my locker at the start of the day. A few students heckle me because teachers can only ever want a word if you’re in trouble.

I follow Mr. Bennett to his classroom. To keep our lack of lip movement from being suspicious, we stand in a corner and he holds a test paper near his face.

It was inconsiderate of me to make assumptions about your social life. Though, as your teacher, I am supposed to encourage you to bond with peers.

They aren’t my peers. No offense, but even you are a gray area there.

He frowns and rubs his splotchy star birthmark. If you want to avoid suspicion, then yes, these students are your peers. There’s a book I’d like you to read. It’s on the concept of the Umwelt.

What’s that?

You were born with certain powers of the mind. Therefore, it’s impossible for you to conceive what it’s like not to have them. I didn’t develop my gift until puberty, which is why I can understand both sides. People are limited to accepting the reality with which they are presented. That is the Umwelt concept in essence.

He writes me a hall pass to the library. My first class today is just study hall anyway. I find the book and head to the librarian’s desk.

“You have a two dollar late fee on your account.”

I roll my head back and make a gagging sound. “Isn’t there a statute of limitation on those? It’s from seventh grade. The middle school.”

“We have interconnected libraries.” The librarian taps the computer monitor.

“Can you just hold the book for me? I’ll come back this afternoon.” Hopefully, Mr. Bennett will lend me the cash. He’s the one that wants me to read this book.

“Here,” the librarian passes me an index card. “We accept well-written essays. This one is the equivalent to your fine.”

I mumble a thank you as I take the card and head to an empty table.

What are the top five skills you want to have and why? Library index card #AtoZChallenge Statute of Limitation #Fiction #SFF

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What are the top five skills you want to have and why?
(No need to leave a 300 word essay in the comments. And no, don’t expect two dollars. Ha ha.)

story by J Lenni Dorner
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  1. Thanks for the visit . I do like a good word or two and a statue . . . .

    • Andy on April 13, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    An essay used as money. I wish my words were worth that much :-). I like the picture of the note card with the handwritten message. It brings the story to life.

  2. I don’t think I’d get the two dollars. I can’t think of five skills I’d want to have. I’d like to have better writing skills and photography skills.
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  3. That’s a nice trade, at least in school. Maybe $2 for an essay in the real world would be a bit low. Can’t buy a cup of coffee for $2 these days, not normally. Maui Jungalow
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    • FinnBadger on April 14, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    I haven’t heard anyone misuse this phrase; I think I would be so surprised that I might laugh out loud if I did.

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  4. What a great concept. ‘Paying off’ library fines with essays. I could have saved myself (and my parents) a fortune if such a system had have been in place when I was at school.
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  5. That’s a great way for kids owing books to the library! The top five skills I’d like to have are:
    – playing an instrument or being able to sing well because I love music
    – being able to retain a larger vocabulary (in any language or shall I say in all languages I speak)
    – drawing or painting or some kind of similar art (though I can make cards, that’s not too bad either 🙂 )
    – to finish things I start! I peter out too often.
    – the skill of laughing at myself! I’m taking things way too seriously.

    Thanks for making me think about this!
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  6. Mm… paying late fees with essays, now that’s a great idea. Wonder if it will work for other bills? Happy A-to-Z-ing.
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  7. I enjoy every entry I read of this, J Lenni! ~ Liz

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  8. Hehe I wish my old school library did that! I always ended up with fines for books I forgot at home. I’m not sure I can think of five skills I wish I had, but one does jump to mind: I’ve always liked watching trapeze artists, so that would be fun to learn! 🙂
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    • John on April 16, 2017 at 1:33 AM

    Omigosh, I’m cracking up picturing a statue of Limitations.

    I can’t decide if Limitations is an old Roman war general or if the statue would show a person going into battle with one arm missing or some such to signify his “limitations.”

    Oh my, this shouldn’t be so funny, but you have me all atwitter. I better check to see if someone snuck something into my drink.
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