Creative Writing Prompt #5


Write about a time someone said “no”…

It was eerily quiet down the boys’ end of the hall, too quiet. It was around 1 am, which still wasn’t an excuse. Yvonne’s residents were loud party animals–school night or not. They must not have came back from the clubs yet.

Yvonne stood patiently near the balcony when Randy, Corey, and Maureen turned the corner. She waved at them.

“What are you doing?” Randy asked. Since she was an RA, he seemed suspicious that she was always up to something, particularly standing by his door.

The residents had bloodshot eyes, swaying back and forth.

Yvonne smiled; at least they came back in one piece. “I’m waiting on Matt.”

“Are you dating Matt?” Randy made fake kissing noises, followed by Corey and Maureen. They giggled as if included in a little secret.

“No. Why do you ask that?”

“You two always have private talks together.”

Thanks for sharing the floor gossip. Yvonne knew her kids all too well, especially vigilant Randy. Whenever he brought up a topic nonchalantly, you could rest assure the guys talked about it all the time. With them, she had to take mental notes of clues presented to her to try and figure out their brains. Whereas, her female residents would lay it out on the table. Yvonne appreciated both approaches.

She shrugged her shoulders, smiling. Where did they come up with these silly ideas?

Matt came out of his room, taken aback from the crowd. “Hey guys.”

“Hi Matt.” Maureen hiccuped.

Matt looked at Yvonne. “What’s going on?”

Randy smirked, folding his arms across his chest. “Are you dating Yvonne?”

“No. Why do you ask that?” Matt laughed.

“Exactly what I said.” Yvonne and him grinned at each other. “He thinks something’s going on because we talk all the time, which how is that even a factor? I talk to everybody who talks to me.”

“But its a different vibe between you two,” Randy instigated, not letting the matter go.

Yvonne was amused. Since she spent the majority of her time in the residence hall and was only a year older than the kids, naturally, she developed crushes once in a while. Sometimes she’d even engage in girl talk with her female residents. They knew who she liked; the boys never could guess right. And it pleased Yvonne to know that, to keep them on their toes.

“How can I be dating Matt when Corey’s my boyfriend?” she teased. She knew she was opening up a new can of worms but didn’t care.

It’s not like Randy, Corey, or Maureen would remember anything later.

Corey made his way to stand near Yvonne, his eyes beaming with pride. He put his arm around her shoulders. “I’m the luckiest guy ever.”

Everyone laughed, except Maureen. She pouted. “But Yvonne, RAs can’t date residents. I don’t want you to get fired.”

Randy gave Maureen a hug. “Yvonne’s not going anywhere.”

It’d be a lost cause to explain they had been joking, so they tried cheering her up before the group went into Randy’s room. Once again, Yvonne and Matt were left alone.

“There’s never a dull moment on the 9th floor.” Matt playfully punched her shoulders. “You know that you and Corey will be the new rumor, right?”

Yvonne smirked. “If there’s gossip about me, I’d rather be the one to start the trend, so I know what you guys are talking about.”

They walked into the lounge to watch TV and have another private conversation.



If anyone would like to participate in this writing prompt, please email me at Author.Yawatta.Hosby(AT)aol(DOT)com.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

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