“Is your homework done?” Mama asked of Wendell.
“I can’t do it.” He whined. “I don’t have a pencil.”

“Don’t just sit there and cry. That pencil won’t come to you.
Solve your problem my child. It is quite simple to do.”

Wendell then closed his eyes. He let his thoughts run wild.
I think I know what to do. To himself, he smiled.

He waved his hands. He waved his legs.
“ABRACADABRA!” He yelled.
His magic, however, failed.

He ran to the backyard, sharpened the big tree.
He hoisted it on his shoulders.
A difficult pencil it proved to be.

He returned to his seat, just about to cry.
He thought of giving a quest.
That was worth a try.

He summoned his minions. He offered them a treat.
They refused the summons – the reward was so cheap.

He slumped on his chair. He grumbled and grumped.
“Ten seconds!” Mama glared.
“That is your final prompt.”

“If you want to spend time with the wizards and trolls
just have this catastrophe under control.
Or you can sit and stare all through the day
and have your friends wait, get bored, then –
slip away.
Their fate and yours are in your hand.
Choose. And choose well, my little lad.”

So Wendell lifted himself from where he reclined,
reached across the table where the pencils were consigned.
They’ve been there all along. Under his nose. In plain sight!
The solution was simple. It needed no wizard’s might.


That silly piece was inspired by the little people, and written  for the little people and because of the little people.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the little people who might feel slightly alluded to. 😉

This joins the archives of

Trifecta: Week Twenty-Eight

under the “WILD” category.   On a more sober note, the challenge this week is to write a 33-333 word response to the word “WILD” –

3: a (1): not subject to restraint or regulation : uncontrolled; also : unruly
(2) : emotionally overcome; also : passionately eager or enthusiastic
Thank you for reading.  Your visit and comments are much appreciated.



17 thoughts on “THE PENCIL QUEST

    1. Thank you for dropping by and the comment. I am glad you enjoyed the silly story. On the other hand, you could have simply sharpenned a tree. You just might have more success. 😉

    1. Thank you, Diane. Specifically, under children’s noses, if I might say. 😀 “If that were a snake..” is an overly used phrase at home.

    1. Thank you for visiting and for the comment, Sandra. What’s this about children and pencils? 🙂 For all we know, they’d rather sharpen and tree and do the impossible than pick up a pencil from the floor. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the visit, Jessie. Yeah, this piece is all about homework time and the excuses. I wish I have your glower – my yells have already lost their power. 😀

  1. I love the innocence and playfulness of the ‘little people’ and big person involved here! I find life vignettes the easiest and most meaningful to write! Both parties involved will one day look back on this fondly. Or so I hope. =)

    1. Thank you, Sandra. Yeah, children do love stories about them. Although for the moment, my oldest son – who was with me when I wrote the first words – would say that this story is about his younger brother. Not him, of course. 🙂

  2. Ha, I don’t think he’s alone in his attempts to procrastinate. This was fun and I always like it when stories are inspired by ‘the little people’

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