This story is a submission for the Daily Prompt:  A to Z

The assignment:  Create a short story, piece of memoir, or epic poem that is 26 sentences long, in which the first sentence begins with “A” and each sentence thereafter begins with the next letter of the alphabet.

The Summer Plot

Andrea was in her usual bored mood.  Being that it was summer and school was out, she was staying with her grandmother, Zelda, and couldn’t get together with her high school friends.  Cranberry, New Jersey, where her grandmother lived was hundreds of miles from her hometown and Andrea didn’t know what she was going to do as she thought about the two long months that stretched before her.

During her second week visiting her grandmother, a neighbor invited them to a barbecue.  Even though Andrea thought everyone at the party would probably be Zelda’s age, she was pleasantly surprised to find guests of all ages and many of them were teenagers.  Fairly soon after arriving, Andrea was introduced to Nathan, the grandson of Emily Campbell, their host for the barbecue.  Grasping his hand, Zelda said, “Nice to meet you Nathan, I understand you are visiting for the entire summer just like my granddaughter, Andrea?”  He smiled and turned to look at Andrea.  “I didn’t know I’d get a chance to meet other teenagers during my stay.” said Nathan still looking at Andrea.  Joining in the conversation, Andrea had a new outlook on the summer ahead.

Keen to get their summer started, Nathan and Andrea headed toward the swimming pool.  Lots of people were already in the pool and teams for a water volleyball game were forming.  “My favorite game to play in the pool is volleyball,” exclaimed Andrea.  Nathan said, “I’m game if you are and let’s try to get on the same team.”

On one side of the net, Andrea and Nathan lined up with their team and the game began.  Playing water volleyball was a great idea on a hot summer day.  Quickly, the game became very competitive as both teams appeared to be evenly matched.  Reveling in the excitement, Andrea showed great skill spiking the ball over the net.  Serving the ball with equal skill, Nathan showed that he also enjoyed the game.  Tough as the other team was, Andrea and Nathan’s team managed to pull off a win.

Unbeknownst to the two teenagers, Emily and her friend, Zelda had arranged to have the kids meet.  Valuing their long friendship, the women could not face the long summer dealing with miserably bored teens.  Wasting no time, the two friends organized the barbecue.  Xeroxed party invitations were placed in the mailboxes of all the neighbors and mailed to others that did not live nearby.  Years of experience told them that their friends and neighbors would come.  Zelda smiled at her friend as they enjoyed watching their grandchildren begin a wonderful summer.

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  6. What a lovely tale Maryann – you’ve blended the prompt in seamlessly. I must admit, I excitedly raced towards the end to see how you would deal with the more troublesome letters but it all fits together very nicely. A breezy, well written slice of life, excellent.

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    • Thanks. I’m glad you liked it. The trick for me was to plan a persons name for Z from the beginning. X was the most difficult and I think xerox was probably the most used that day in the prompt.

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      • I think you were wise to use xerox – anything else would have jarred and been otherworldly/out of place, as it’s not like there is lots of choices to choose from. I think using Zelda made it interesting, it’s not a name you hear often, unless referring to computer/videogames. I like how you worked your way back from the end too, that is interesting. It was a very good piece, I liked it a lot.

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