Barney and Carmina – Bookends

Select a book and pick two chapters at random. Take the first line of one chapter and the last line of the other chapter and write a short story using those as bookends to your story.

My book: Doctors by Erich Segal, Chapters 10 and 34


Barney was struck by the swiftness of what followed. Three months ago, he was revising to take his A-Level exams. He worked hard for it, thinking that his future depended on the results of the exams. He already got a reply from the first and second universities of his choice that they would take him, provided he reached the required grades. He was thinking of taking Engineering.

Then, there was Carmina who came to him one day telling him about her problem and asking for his help. Carmina is also doing her A-Levels this year and wants to do Chemistry at the university. They have been friends since they were in their primary years. Carmina said that she thinks she’s pregnant but she doesn’t want Mathew to know about it. In the first place, they were not together anymore. He has got a new girlfriend, Nerissa.

Barney and Carmina thought of some way to get rid of the baby. They’ve searched the internet for some refutable clinics which could perform the operation. They were really nervous about it because they knew the risks involved. They have put together what cash they had to pay for the operation. Carmina said she’s got some savings from her part-time job she does at the library. Barney also has got some savings from the money that was given to him for his birthdays and Christmases.

The weekend when they were set to go to the clinic, Carmina knocked at his door and was beaming with happiness. “Let’s go for a walk first.” When they were few blocks from his house, she announced: “Guess what, Barney, we don’t have to go, I was just delayed and it came this morning. Could you believe it, we’re spared!” They both heaved a sigh of relief and started talking about their future. After another few blocks of high-spirited conversation, Barney realised, “now, I really know what euphoric means.”

Micro Bookends 1.25 – NEW (micro) CLOTHES


New dawn for me. Great view from the plane as we are passing by the Indian Ocean. I can’t sleep, I thought I would. Too excited, me. Going back home to see my mother, friends and family. Being warm again after the strong wind and snow here in Bavaria. Anyway, two weeks of being home is not that long, but will give me enough fun and memories to charge my batteries again. I’ve got everything planned and booked. My Mom is preparing a big welcome party for me, then we go to different islands. And of course, to the mall first for new clothes! (104 words)

Micro Bookends 1.25 – NEW [micro] CLOTHES

Micro Bookends 1.19 – Spring and Festival


Spring of our life, a new beginning
Bright lights, flowers waking up
Birds crooning, snow’s gone
New energy forming
Giving hope

I wish for you to be happy
Forget the past, focus
On the now and
Be brave

Party, party, what fun
The whole village
Looking forward
To have pleasure
In the festival


Micro Bookends 1.19 – SPRING [micro] FESTIVAL

I’ve Got To Do It – Micro Bookends 1.16 – Weight & Loss

Weight: still 150 kilos

Feeling: suicidal

I’ve been trying to lose weight for a long time. I followed every trends, has been yoyo dieting, and somehow my weight kept on increasing. I’m getting depressed; the chocolates seemed to be my only friend.

I’ve got to do it. She has been nagging me, pushing me to do this and do that. She won’t listen to my excuses. They’re quite hard and I just can’t do them.

So when I found that gun in the forest, I knew what to do. It’s either her or me. I shot her, my useless fitness trainer… it won’t be much of a loss. (107 words)

Micro Bookends 1.16 – WEIGHT [micro] LOSS

Micro Bookends: peace and prize


“Peace be with you,” as people gave each other handshake during the service. It was an open-air mass from the capital’s Rizal Park. The Pope was there and so were thousands of ecstatic people. It was part of his five-day visit. Priority of his visit was to send a message to the poor who face social, spiritual, existential injustice – who want to go forward, who suffered from Typhoon Haiyan and are continuing to suffer the consequences. How I wish to be there. But never mind, I watched everything in the comfort of my home. Speaking of which, I better check my lottery ticket, hoping to win a prize.
(Word Count: 109)

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Micro Bookends 1.14 – PEACE [micro] PRIZE