Many Hands Make Enlightened Work

We walked across the summer courtyard, two t-shirt youth among many, to stand before the spacious building. Stairs upon stairs climbed to the fountain’s zenith and proposed rooftop garden.

Commands came and we moved to assemble ourselves, each teenager on a stair, an arms-width apart. You: a little more. You: a little less.

Then, hand to hand to hand we passed a bucket’s brigade of grass. Smiling volunteers moved sod and flower from truck to tippy top.

Now, years later, our children look up. They marvel at roof-ledge bush and sky-reach trees, and the story that grew them there.

Conference Center

Photograph by Craig Dimond © IRI

Remembered for Carrot Ranch‘s prompt this week.

June 13, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about the work of many hands. Is it a cooperative effort or something else? Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by June 18, 2019. Use the comment section below to share, read, and be social. You may leave a link, pingback, or story in the comments. If you want to be published in the weekly collection, please use the form.  Rules & Guidelines.

15 thoughts on “Many Hands Make Enlightened Work

  1. Nicely done, Chelsea! You’ve written a descriptive, concise story beginning to end and made it look so easy!
    You know….I bet you’d be a natural at writing a Six Sentence Story 😀

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    1. Thanks! That cheers me quite a bit since I think many of my flash fiction pieces feel incomplete.

      …and I keep meaning to enter your 6-sentence story. 🙂 Hopefully I’ll do so THIS Thursday.


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