Sunday, January 23, 2011

In (and Out of) the Spotlight

Paparazzi don’t need media credentials. They get their shots without them.

They hide in bushes, crouch behind cars, wait in hallway closets. They aren’t invited to the red carpet, but they show up anyway. Behind the scenes, perhaps, but close enough to the action that could bring them a big payday.

Their lenses reach...everywhere. Up skirts, down shirts, onto private yachts in Cannes. Although celebrities publicly act scandalized when they see these glimpses into their private lives splayed all over the Internet, they know paparazzi can drive movie or record sales, and put them in the spotlight they long for.

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My entry in the 100 Words Challenge, with the prompt, "credentials."

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Backyard Super Bowl

Heaving the tattered Nerf football straight up into the air as high as he could, the boy waited for the kickoff to come down between the telephone wires into his arms, and surveyed the defensive obstacles in front of him.

He faked out the stationary oak lineman, spun away from the oncoming rush of the oscillating sprinkler safety, juked the shrubbery cornerback, and high-stepped over the garden hose goal line into the end zone, fourteen yards from where he began.

“I’m invincible!!” he shouted as he raised his arms to signal touchdown and began his victory dance.

“Next stop...the NFL!”

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My entry in the 100 Words Challenge, with the prompt, "invincible."