Cutting Loose

The following 99 words are a little different than what I put at Carrot Ranch as I have since found this First Line Friday prompt that led to a mashup. So, Dylan Hughes at Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie provided the first line of the piece. Charli Mills for the August 29 challenge at  Carrot Ranch suggests we in 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about the safebreaker’s daughter. This is a bike shop owner’s daughter.


I liked the rush, I liked the crunch. Never did look back at the fallout.

My whole life I’ve lived and dreamed bikes. But my brother was to run the family shop. I was to go to college, fulfill their dream.

And here I am, strolling another campus, bike tools in my bag. I’ve always been a better mechanic than my damn brother. Nowadays I favor the bolt cutters and the hack saw.

My father’s practical advice to his customers? “Invest in a good lock when you invest in a good bike.”

No lock is too good for me.



For more, see Good Business.

23 thoughts on “Cutting Loose

    • Thanks. That line they offered up I think improved my effort, gave it more definition and direction and made me look again at my 99 words. And thank you for the prompt. It was another beautiful post and a hefty challenge. With a little help from Mean Mary.

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    • Thank you. This was a challenging but fun prompt. Did you know this young woman also knows how to make her own dry ice and liquid nitrogen to freeze dry locks so she can smash them apart? She’s not good enough to manage that in 99 words, but she’s a threat to any locked bike.


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  4. A safecracker or lock-picker should certainly have deft fingers and lots of talents to be successful. to think it runs in the family! Great 99! Apologies for being late in the day, Avery, Ma’am!



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