Update: I’m so excited to say that I was named one of the winners! A huge thank you to the judges, and a special thanks to Lydia for picking my story.
It feels fitting that my very first post here is also my first ever submission for a KidLit writing contest. Thanks to Lydia Lukidis and Kaitlynn Leann Sanchez for hosting #FallWritingFrenzy 2020! More details can be found here and here.
I’ve selected image 10, and my piece is below!
The Adventure of Skeeter S. Squirrel
Skeeter S. Squirrel was late again, and this time was bad, bad, bad. This time, he was far from home and winter was creeping in. He held his newfound acorn as he stroked his bushy tail and peered ahead. His ears perked. His nose twitched. The first crisp snow wasn’t far away, not far at all.
There had to be a faster way home, there just had to be!
Oh dear, oh dear, he thought, his tail growing puffier.
Off to his side, he heard a rustling.
“Deirdre?” Skeeter called. “Is that you?”
But instead of the voice of his dearest deer friend, Skeeter heard a squawk that sent his tummy into a somersault.
Holding his acorn tight, Skeeter knew he had to run, run, RUN!
He veered into a pile of leaves, grateful to be camouflaged among the russet and gold. But it wasn’t enough.
Suddenly, Skeeter was floating. Then, he was flying… and soon, he was soaring! He watched as the trees below blurred past in ginger and auburn, and he laughed into the wind.
“I’m flying!” Skeeter cheered, sending a joyful “WHEEEEEE!” out into the sky.
And then, Skeeter remembered how he got here.