Zipper Obsession #99WordStories

This week at the Carrot Ranch, Charli Mills challenged writers to In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about zippers. What are the zippers for? What challenges do they present to the story? Go where the prompt leads!

This is my response. I hope you enjoy it.

Zipper Obsession

Jayden was obsessed with zippers almost from birth. The swish of a zipper always turned tears to laughter.

When a toddler, Jayden’s fascination with interlocking teeth equalled the zip-zip-swish. Zippered items were treasured more than any store-bought toys.

When grandparents visited, Jayden targeted Grandma’s handbag. Zip. Zip …

“Is that boy still obsessed with zippers?” said Grandpa. “Has he been tested yet?”

“It’s just a phase,” said Dad.

“Humph,” said Grandpa, opening his Gladstone bag. Swhooosh.

Jayden stopped. What was that?

Grandpa closed the bag. Blonk.

Swhooosh; blonk. Swhoosh; blonk.

Jayden abandoned Grandma’s bag for Grandpa’s.

Zipper phase zipped.

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Thank you for reading. I appreciate your feedback. Please share your thoughts.

Note: The collection of stories made in response to the previous prompt Anxiety can be read at the Carrot Ranch here.

49 thoughts on “Zipper Obsession #99WordStories

    1. Norah Post author

      That’s right, Robbie. Lots of places to hide treasure. My grandfather used to hide licorice allsorts in his when he came to stay. I went ‘exploring’ one day when I was about 3, and got my hand stuck when it snapped shut. Caught!

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  1. D. Avery @shiftnshake

    Ha! There’s a twist. I love this, it’s pretty realistic for some kids. I guessed you’d feature a little kid. I was reminded by the prompt of being in a preschool classroom last year and all the little ones getting into their snowsuits for outside time. Lots of zippering assistance was called for.
    This flash brought a smile, Buddy.

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  3. Charli Mills

    I enjoy learning new words from your end of the world, Norah. I didn’t know what a Gladstone bag was but it reminds me of the bag a country doctor would carry. Your use of onomatopoeia is a clever literary element to show the shifting attention of a tot interested in sounds!

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    1. Norah Post author

      I’m pleased I can teach you some new words, Charli. I’m usually learning new words from you!
      That’s exactly what a Gladstone bag is.
      Thank you for your comments about the onomatopoeia. (Isn’t that a beautiful word!)


    1. Norah Post author

      I have to say I made the zipper obsession up. I haven’t heard of it either but I think it’s plausible knowing what other things children can obsess about. It’s also really funny the things that make them laugh. 😅

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