#SixSentenceStories; Rhythm

A Six Sentence Story is a story told in exactly six sentences. It could also be a six lined or six stanza poem; it could be a soc, a bots, or creative non-fiction. This week’s prompt word, provided by our hostess Denise, at GirlieOntheEdge, is “rhythm“. I’m early this week, the link will open Wednesday at six pm, EST, so write now so you can link up your story then and join the fun crowd of Sixers.

A Strong, Regular, Repeated Pattern by D. Avery

Rodney Snoddergust, though a good sport, was not known for athleticism or coordination, in fact quite the opposite.

In basketball he stood out for his clumsy missteps and spectacular airballs and at season’s end when the court was transformed and decorated for that unfortunate school dance, his signature move was, all too literally, the anklebreaker.

He and his dance partner were both healed and ambulatory by baseball season, when Rodney stoically donned cleats and took up the bat for his team, but always he swung a beat too late, never occasioning to hear the gratifying ring of aluminum connecting with the ball, nor the satisfying slap of a ball in the pocket of his mitt.

But his school also fielded a spelling bee team and it was here that Rodney excelled; in this arena Rodney was the cleanup hitter assuring his team of victory; here he confidently stamped out the letters of the most obscure words linguistics had to offer in a metronomic voice that never faltered throughout the finals, for here Rodney was in the zone.

There was only one word that rattled this spelling prodigy, and suddenly the pronouncer lobbed it, that vexing six letter word that seemed strangled and constricted by its plethora of consonants, but Rodney took a deep vowelly breath and stepped up to the microphone.

“Rhythm; r-y-t-h-y-m; rhythm.”

42 thoughts on “#SixSentenceStories; Rhythm

  1. My daughter still talks about a class where the teacher asked what teams the students were on–(she was on the softball team) and one student answered “the debate team”. And why not? (K)

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  2. To his defence ,the Hellenic origin word ρυθμός leads straight to rythm…16th century spelling decisions led to what we have.
    So as a solace for all the Rodney’s out there, including me: You are staying true to the origin!

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  3. This is 5-Star BRILLIANT, Genius–I totally loved it, can you tell? 🙂 Every word is perfect, precise–I relate to Rodney, I think I could fall in love with him 🙂

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  4. Surely one of the most-likely-to-misspell-words in the English language.
    Probably interesting, (or perhaps not), how different people attempt the word. I, for one, always insist on an ‘n’ at the end.
    Like you say, “too #(*&@* many consonants!”
    …or, in actuality and far more eloquently, “…word that seemed strangled and constricted by its plethora of consonants

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    • I used to do that too, overcompensate with yet another consonant, the silent /n/ at the end. I really have only just begun spelling it correctly and consistently now after trying to ensure a misspell here for this Six.
      Spelling rules… could drive an elementary teacher to Six packs.

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  5. Excellent and nice left field Six! And bravo Rodney… he tried and tried and eventually found his golden touch. Must admit (even as a drummer) I find myself checking the spelling of ‘ryhthamumn’ from time to time… a tricky word to spell be that! 😎

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  6. A well articulated character study of the many Rodney’s, D. You know we all knew a Rodney in high school! Bless the boy for his good natured perseverance 🙂
    Have to say, I thought for sure he’d get a home run at the spelling bee, lol

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  7. Ah yes, D, we all have our own bête noire when it comes to spelling, and some of us have a long list!
    And the more we think about it, the worse it gets, the letters start looking like someone upset a Scrabble board.
    Why, oh why, Y?

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