Shame #99WordStories

This week at the Carrot Ranch, Charli Mills challenged writers to In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story exploring shame as an emotion or theme. Consider how to use shame to drive a cause-and-effect story. How does it impact a character? Is there a change? Go where the prompt leads!

Shameful — Conversation Overheard

“Look at that,” one mother tut-tutted. “So shameful.”

“What is?”

“That. I’d be totally ashamed to send my child to school looking like that.”

“That’s a shame.”

“Unfortunately, our children have to mix with the likes of that. Have people no shame?”

“I’m not sure what you mean by the likes of that. Our world is enriched by diversity. The more the better, I say. It’s true some people have no shame. Nor should they. They should be proud of who they are. Except for the likes of you. You’re shameless. Shame on you.”

“Well, I —”

“Never. Obviously.”

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Note: The collection of stories made in response to the previous prompt Floppy as Puppy Ears, including mine, can be read at the Carrot Ranch.

34 thoughts on “Shame #99WordStories

  1. Pingback: Shame Collection « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  2. robbiesinspiration

    HI Norah, this is an interesting piece. I am reading The Second Mrs. Astor and am learning a lot about the world of the blue stockings and knickerbockers in the USA in 1910. It completely boggles my mind how these people thought they were so superior to everyone else because they had ancestors who showed initiative. It doesn’t mean they have any and usually lightening doesn’t strike twice in a family.

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    1. Norah Post author

      I haven’t heard of the blue stockings and knickerbockers, Robbie, but it sounds interesting. I’ll have to think on what you say about lightning not striking twice though.

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  3. Jules

    I once taught at a rather selective nursery school… and I can absolutely hear this conversation! Also the reason I’ve left several organizations… I wasn’t up to snuff. And didn’t need that rare air to breathe.

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