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Creative Writing: Make Sure You Always Wear Your Nice Underwear

Updated on September 21, 2013

Please join us. I start with her creative writing prompt, and end it with a prompt that you use in the beginning of your next hub. Miss Olive's directions are at the end of this hub. Have fun with it!

I back out of my driveway and speed down the street. Late again. I hope I can get in without being seen. If the lights are with me, I can get to work on time. Crap! The light is yellow. GUN IT!

Just as I get to the intersection, the light turns red. I am going too fast to stop. Sailing through the intersection, I see a cop out of the corner of my left eye. Oh no, I am going to get a ticket. Great!

All of a sudden, the world is spinning. In slow motion on the right, a big Dodge king cab truck comes out of nowhere and hits the front side of my car. All I am thinking about is that Maggie, my black and tan miniature Dachshund, had chewed holes in the underwear I grabbed this morning. I missed them when I folded clothes and knew Maggie had chewed them up when I put them on in a rush and saw the flesh poke-a-dots on the front and the back. I hadn’t had time to dig for a new pair. Mother always told me to have on my good underwear in case I got into an accident and had to go to the hospital.

Fading in and out, I kept hearing people say, “Okay, get the oxygen mask on her.” “How’s her vitals?” “Careful with her neck. One, two, three, lift.” “Man, can you believe these holey underwear? She definitely didn’t listen to her mother,” then laughter. "Maybe we should take up a collection of money so she can buy some good underwear," then more laughter. Did I really hear that?

In the distance of my foggy existence, I heard a siren. “Make way for the woman with the holey underwear, wooo ooo ooo,” it seemed to blare with mocking laughter. I opened my eyes, squinting up at a looming, Christmas ball face. Was the face laughing, too?

Mother, Mother! I should have listened to you. I was late for work. I should have listened. Mother, I’m sorry I didn’t listen to you, my mind cried. My head felt like it was thrashing back and forth. Bang, bang, bang, thump, thump, thump. The pounding would not stop.


“Did you say something?” Looming Christmas Ball Face said sounding as if he were talking through the card board tube that Christmas paper was wrapped around. “Can you tell me what you are feeling?”

I wish I had put on my good underwear, I said.

He raised up, “She’s not responding.”

I did too respond. Hey, hey, Christmas Ball, you listen to me. I need to go home for my good underwear before you take me anywhere. Are you listening to me? Underwear! I have a new package I haven’t even opened.

He shook his head.

I felt like I was floating through the air. The cool breeze hit me where Maggie had chewed the holes in my underwear.

Through my squinted eyes bright light came rushing toward me…

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Here is your writing prompt –

Through my squinted eyes bright light came rushing toward me...

  • Create a new title (this one was Be Sure You Wear Your Good Underwear)
  • Write a creative response (you decide point of view/genre/characters)
  • Identify the opening prompt and ending prompt - include the link
  • Have fun and enjoy reading the various responses!

NOTE - DO NOT copy anyone else's text...start with their ending prompt

you may copy and paste this portion, but you must edit the prompt and title.


Join in on the fun! See where it takes you and your reader. Be sure to link back to other continuations. :-)



Note from MissOlive:

Reading Guide

Don't let all the branches and threads of the Relay Writing Project confuse you. The primary intent is to inspire fellow hubbers with a writing prompt and pass it on. Any one of us can jump in when and wherever we choose.

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Victoria, imagine that: your mom told you to wear your good underwear, too. LOL You definitely need to listen. Will Starr had me blushing and giggling behind my hand! HEHEHE

      Thanks your kind words and for dropping by! :-)

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      EmilyBee, please try to stay out of an accident every day!!! I don't want you to get the wrong message here. LOL

      Thanks for dropping by!

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      DzyMsLizzy, you are so right! LOL

      Thanks for dropping by!

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Hi BarberGirl! It was a lot of fun. You should just take off on one of them and create your own story! :-)

      Thanks for dropping by!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Just came across this one. How funny! Yes, Susan, my mother did tell me to wear my good underwear. But do I listen? LOL. Loved this. I loved Will Starr's comment, too. :-)

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      My mom says my grandmother told her the same thing!!! SO I try to always wear nice undies but on laundry day I try hard to not get in a car accident lol :) Funny!! Voted up:)

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      LOL--I never understood the logic of that.."good" or "clean" ... in either case..if you get in an accident, it won't be either clean or good for long... :: smirk ::

      Cute story, though...great inspiration..voted up, funny and shared.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Wow - that was really cool. I love the relay writing idea! To pass one prompt to another! And I definately loved the way you took it. I haven't read the others yet but I can tell this would be something fun to jump on to! :)

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Sen, I will go look it up and add it. :-) I am so glad you wrote one!

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks, Kay! I am glad you liked my story. It was a lot of fun. You should add on to it or one of the others listed above. It really brings out the creative juices to read that last line and run with it. :-)

      Thanks for dropping by, reading, and commenting!

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      I have just added on to TSMOG's prompt. Hope you read and add link to your Hub. :)

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      KDee411 5 years ago from Bay Area, California

      I'm happy to see so many at yo house. Really a cool hub

      Kay

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks, Tina! I think many of us remember our mothers telling us to wear clean underwear before leaving the house. LOL Jump on the relay writing and add to it or the others that have participated. It is fun and brings out the funniest things and sometimes very serious or adventurous ideas. :-)

      Thanks for dropping by, reading, and voting!! :-)

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      I love your story and your writing make it sounds so real! I can so relate to the need for clean and good underwear in a situation like this, since I have heard it many times from my mother as well:)) I look forward to read the response to your hub! Such a great idea and you made a great contribution! I enjoyed reading, voted up!

      Tina

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Kay, you are a hoot! :-) I am so glad you dropped by and read my silly add on to MissOlive's relay writing! :-) Thanks so much!

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      KDee411 5 years ago from Bay Area, California

      Hello Sholland, I'm Kay or KD whatever. Very cute story. Even way back when our mothers would always tell how embarrassing it would be if we had to go to a hospital warring holey underware. Oh no. That was a big no no.

      I guess I told my girls the same thing. But anyhow we all need a good laught. As you can see I ain't no English teacher ( I need one) But at this stage of my life I don't mind even being laughter at.

      I saw a couple of my friends over here at your house, so thought i'de mosey over and crash ya party.

      I see my friend Will up there looking at ya underware so you just cover up girl. Will is safe.

      Nice to meet you all. Kay

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Go for it, Sen.Sush! Let me know so I can post the link here and MissOlive can post it too. And, thank you so much for the kind words you sent me. :-)

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      sholland10. I have a mind to.. Let me see..:)

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Hi Sen.Sush! I am glad you found it fun; it was fun to write, too. You should continue the story!

      Thanks for dropping by and reading! :-)

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Sholland10, this was so much fun to read. OMG! So obvious and never referred worry! LOL!

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Rosie, I am glad you enjoyed it. Our mothers must have belonged to the "wear clean underwear" club. LOL You should write the next chapter. It was fun and I have no idea why wearing clean underwear popped into my mind. :-)

      Thanks for dropping by!!

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      Rosie Rose 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Oh, Sholland, I can't wait for the next chapter. Your chapter is so surreal.. my mother had also repeatedly told me to always wear clean underwear with NO holes, just in case. Great storytelling. Voted up and absolutely holey awesome. Cheers!

      Have a nice day,

      Rosie

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks, HTodd! You should continue it! :-)

      Thanks for dropping by!

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      This is very interesting post..Thanks

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks, Inherown! You should join us. :-)

      Thanks for dropping by!!

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      inherown7 5 years ago from Aurora, Nebraska

      Love it

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      TSMOG, I am going to go read it now. I will post it above. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Busy time but good time of year! Cheers to you! :-)

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      OK Sholland10 I ventured further along being prompted by the writing prompt you left , , , kinda' went with your story line too, just a little . . .hope your Holiday season is doing well so far.

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      capricornrising 5 years ago from Wilmington, NC

      Thanks! (Crossing fingers.)

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      capricornrising 5 years ago from Wilmington, NC

      Thanks!

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Done! :-)

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      capricornrising 5 years ago from Wilmington, NC

      Thanks! Do you mind adding the link to my contribution to the list?

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      ExoticHippieQueen, thanks for reading. It was a fun experience that Miss Olive provided. It's open any time for you to jump in. I just kept thinking about my mother telling me to wear clean underwear when leaving the house in case I was in an accident. LOL I have no idea why that thought came to me when I read Miss Olive's "hectic morning" then her prompt about "backing out of the driveway." It was a pleasure.

      Thanks for dropping by!!

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      ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

      Interesting concept you have there. I don't have time to jump in tonight, but enjoyed your story. The thing about the underwear is so true. You just never know when you're gonna need the good stuff, right?

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      Susan Holland 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Capricorn, I'm glad you continued Barry's. It is awesome. Anyone can jump in anytime they want. I know what you mean about pictures. I use Microsoft Office and haven't really explored different options other than my own pics. Good luck with your story. :-)

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      capricornrising 6 years ago from Wilmington, NC

      I just responded to Barry Rutherford's last contribution. I'm completely wiped out. It took all afternoon, mostly searching for photos!

      However, I LOVE your piece and the direction you're taking it. If you don't get any takers, I might do it again!

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      Susan Holland 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Hey CapricornRising, anyone can write a response to it. Let me know by posting it here so I can add it above. Join in and have fun with it!

      Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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      capricornrising 6 years ago from Wilmington, NC

      Terrific, sholland! I'm intrigued by the cliffhanger ending prompt. Who's writing the response to it?

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Just tripped over this one will provide a link on my page...

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      Susan Holland 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Miss Olive, thanks for the heads up on the title. I am glad you liked it.

      Tsmog, I am glad it served as a reminder for buying new shorts. LOL

      Thanks for reading! :-)

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      Tim Mitchell 6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      great hub sholland10 , , ,glad you joined the adventure too! Written nicely with action adventure flow. Kept me riveted and smiling! Reminds me I don't think I have bought new shorts in, say five or so years - LOL.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      LOL - This was very entertaining. I'm glad to have you aboard the Relay Writing team :) I know several of us can relate to the clean and nice undies story.

      By the way - you need to change Mundane Monday to Be Sure You Wear Your Good Underwear - I'm referring to the last text box. :)

      And now for the next prompt -

      Through my squinted eyes bright light came rushing toward me…

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      Susan Holland 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Will, that is too funny! Just picture granny panties. Problem solved. :-) LOL

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      This puts me in a real bind....I'm trying to visualize your holey underwear, while also trying hard not to be a peeping tom!

      ^_^

      Funny stuff!