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Challenge: Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and end on the above prompt.


Happy New Year!
No tragedies here.
No flooding of our pier.

Our ferris wheel did not fall. Lovers still paired up, up, up.

We were one of them. That night was ours.

Your sudden, urgent proposal distracted me from the nighttime red and blue smoke and sizzle.

I thought I had misheard you… till I saw the jewelry box gently cupped in your hand, open and playing “Moonlight Sonata” with the– till I saw the hopeful look in your– till I heard you say my name amid sighs and loving stammer.

Then, I knew…

I had to say no.