Flash Fridays – July 4th

For this weeks very special Independence day Flash! Friday we had to include a Woman into a story about the following prompt:

Writing the Declaration of Independence. Painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863 - 1930). Public domain photo.

Writing the Declaration of Independence. Painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863 – 1930). Public domain photo.

Homework

Jefferson stood quietly in front of the desk, fidgeting awkwardly. Mrs. Jenkins was furiously scribbling away in red ink, each scratch of the quill reminding Jefferson of his youth.

Eventually she stopped and fixed him with an icy gaze, “Tommy, I thought I had taught you better than this. Clearly you haven’t stopped daydreaming. This is B minus work at best.”
Jefferson hung his head and muttered, “Yes Ma’am.”
“Here for example, there is no Y in Happiness. Your sentences are far too long, and why oh why are there so many exclamation points?”
“These are very exciting facts…”
“Perhaps, but 32 exclamation points? This is a formal document, not a page from your diary. I suggest you remove them.”
“Yes Ma’am.”
“I’ve marked the rest up for you, when is your meeting?”
“Tomorrow.”
“Well then, you’ve got some homework to do young man.”
“Yes Ma’am.”
All men may be created equal, but no-one argued with Mrs. Jenkins.

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