99 word #prompt : Rattling on and on

Carrot Ranch January 5, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a rattling sound. It can be an intimidating sound of protest, a disorienting loud sound, a musical expression or a gentle baby’s toy. Go where the prompt leads you.



He spoke 12 languages and read texts in 4 so old that no one knew how the words were spoken.   His face scowled like a bureaucrat obsessed by one misspelled word in a 100 page document.

To everyone else in the class, he rattled on and on.

“More advancements are made in a benevolent dictatorship, however the next dictator might be a tyrant.  The basic problem is people.  Someone somewhere wants someone else’s something.”

The class rattled with laughter.  

“Once, universities admitted only those individuals willing and able to learn,”  he said.

I smiled, an older student nodding agreement.