In this series, I will take the Word of the Day from Dictionary.com and craft a short piece of creative writing around it. My goal is to embrace the meaning of the word in some unique way, all the while trying out different styles, rhythms and characterizations. It is as much an exercise in creativity as it is an exploration of grammar. Enjoy!
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By Alex Seise
Hair akimbo and pupils twisted tight, she stood agog, clutching the brand new purse with fear-paled knuckles. Her other fingers clumsily grasped the pleated plaid skirt that dangled toward the floor.
Staring off into the crowd beyond the door, the girl took a short, shallow breath, hunched her shoulders and prepared to dash.
“BEEP! BEEP!” The alarm sounded before she even moved toward the threshold. Security rushed forward and seized another young woman who’d just scurried from the shop, holding her arms as she tried to wiggle free. “BEE-EEP!”
The girl ran forward, her heart pounding even more ferociously than her violet Mary Janes.