This week over at Carrot Ranch (www.carrotranch.com), the prompt was to write a story using the word meltdown in 99 words (no more, no less). This pedometer geek writer almost had a meltdown trying to come up with something worthwhile to write. Attempts were made, but nothing seemed to work. So, with a short amount of time left, like fifteen minutes, a quick story was written and submitted. It is not a great piece, but it is as follows:
Surprise sunflowers came up in the flower bed that was planted with canna lilies. Seeds dropped by hungry birds at the feeder probably were the reason for the surprise.
The feeders were gone for the summer, but some of the birds remained. New birds also arrived, attracted by the bright yellow flowers. Bees, too, found the flowers attractive, but two birds were particularly enamored by the sunny faces.
Goldfinches, male and female, feasted on the ripening seeds. Whether it was the goldfinches or the heaviness of the sunflower heads, it was a meltdown, dipping their heads toward the earth.
~Nancy Brady, 2021
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