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Twitter Short Story

March 7, 2011

The words for today’s story using the top 9 things trending on Twitter as of 2 p.m. this afternoon, are: #bootyappreciationday #dealwithit, Mumford and Sons, Mike DeStefano, Pat Knight, Ensign, Nick Johnson, Century Girl, and PAX East

The town of Ensign is not famous. It will probably never become famous, or be known as anything more than the city you pass on your way to more exciting cities. Within its city limits, though, it is full of fame and fortune, drama and intrigue. Most of this occurs in the vivid imagination of Pat Knight, and is played out by her friends Mike DeStefano and Nick Johnson.

Pat’s favorite game to imagine is Century Girl, in which she’s able to travel backward and forward in time, but only by a century at a time. In 2011, she’s only able to visit 1911, 1211 or 3011. Pat is particularly looking forward to 2069 so she could travel to 1969 and watch the moon landing on television as it happened. Mike and Nick often try convincing her to change the game so they could travel to other years as well, but Pat never relents on Century Girl’s inability to travel to other years.

Today’s adventure begins with a trip to the local hardware store, Mumford and Sons.

We’ll need a crate for our adventure. I found an old treasure map during Century Girl’s last adventure and I’m thinking it will be easier to carry the treasure in a crate,” said Pat.

After the supplies had been gathered, the three friends walked back to Pat’s home to prepare for their long journey. Much to Pat’s chagrin, Nick and Mike had declared the afternoon’s adventure Booty Appreciation Day. It took nothing more than a glance at each other and they’d burst into laughter and yell at the top of their lungs “It’s Booty Appreciation Day! We’re searching for booty!” Although Pat would roll her eyes, she was actually quite glad to see they were having as much fun as she.

The ship is waiting for us. We’ll have to cross the sea to reach the island where the treasure is hidden,” said Pat. “It shouldn’t be more than a fortnight’s journey.”

“How much is a fortnight?” asked Nick.

“I dunno,” said Pat. “It’s just something I’ve heard on TV.”

What’s the name of the boat?” asked Mike.


The ship was actually a set of old lawn furniture in Pat’s backyard, and the sea was the wide, green lawn, dotted with trees that were other islands. When the ship was prepared to set sail, Pat began the voyage with a triumphant cry, “Pax, east!” And they were off to the east, in search of treasure. Their journey began simple enough as they tried to remember all the sailing words and pirate phrases they’d ever heard, but as they sailed farther into the great expanse, a storm was brewing somewhere between their island patio destination and the big oak tree called home.

Deal with it!” said Pat. And the boys began tying ropes and securing their cargo, ready for the worst. As the storm passed over, they lost three peanut butter sandwiches, (though Pat suspected Mike had eaten them) their beloved pet parakeet, (a stuffed animal that Pat never really liked) and a fishing net (a pair of Nick’s mother’s pantyhose).

Land ho!” rose in the air as Nick spotted the island. They found their way to the island and began to find their bearings and search for the booty. After a cursory glance around the patio full of potted plants and furniture, Pat saw what they’d had been searching for. They traveled around the rock shaped like a gnome, through the archway covered in fragrant flowers, and under the pointed plant of prickles. They had discovered the lost treasure of Pirate Ensign.

What do you think is in it? Gold? Jewels?” asked Mike.

I bet it’s a lifetime supply of Twizzlers,” said Nick.

They opened opened the old box, ready to reveal their treasure. What they found was beyond anything they could have dreamed. The dread Pirate Ensign had left for them to discover a chest full of…

What do you think they found?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Linze permalink
    March 8, 2011 2:24 am

    Tiffany, you are SO creative! your writing inspires me! What a brilliant idea to write something so random yet popular 😉

    • dtdorrin permalink*
      March 8, 2011 2:34 pm

      Thanks so much Lindsay! 🙂 Hope you’re doing well!

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