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The Letter and the Skiing Jacket

by Anonymous | Score: 3750

Vivian was often lonely. She spent her days in solitude, the cabin she lived in a cozy and comforting home. 

She never really got mail- and she technically didn't even have a mailbox. But the usual ads came (your potion master, the mage down the way) every once in a while.

One day, Vivian opened her door to find a mysterious letter sitting on the doormat. There was a tomato on the postage stamp, and loopy handwriting adorning the envelope.

Vivian ripped the envelope open, no care for decorum. Her eyes leaped to a line in the middle stating "I'll take the liberty to describe myself: I'm a confident shoemaker with an awful loneliness I can't seem to cure." 

Another line: "My brother is a building laborer who often has to control his zealous feelings."

At last, her eyes skipped to the top. The first line read "Dear (potential) friend." A stutter decorated Vivian's heartbeat. What an idea. Sending out letters hoping someone will want to be your friend.

A rustling echoed in the distance, and a girl in a noisy skiing jacket appeared in the clearing. She had warm brown skin, and the softest smile on her face.

Vivian, always the alarmist, said, "Who are you? What are you doing here?" The edges of her words cut like shards of glass.

In the girl's arms was a small stuffed animal. It looked to be a dog.

"I, uh, found this just now. On my walk." She gestured with the plush. "Um, I should probably introduce myself. I'm Jean. I was the one sending out those letters, in case you were wondering."

"..The shoemaker?"

"Yeah. The shoemaker." She smiled wider.

Completed challenges

The following challenges were completed during the writing exercise:

Begin Start typing to begin
Words Reach 50 words
Event A mysterious letter arrives
Letter Use the letter M
Prop Include a tomato
Words Reach 100 words
Character A confident shoemaker
Character A zealous building labourer
Letter Use the letter H
Event Someone has a world-changing idea
Prop Include a skiing jacket
Words Reach 200 words
Letter Use the letter D
Prop Include a plush dog

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