Friday Fiction – Cinnamon Sky Sees The Light

For those who don’t know, Friday Fictioneers is a challenge to write a 100 word story from a picture prompt. It’s hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, and anyone can play. Thanks for hosting, Rochelle! Check out the link at the end of my story to see what other fictioneers did with this week’s prompt.

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Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Cinnamon Sky Sees The Light

The excitement in the self-sufficient Tambourine household was palpable. They were going electric. Thanks to Bob’s latest pedal-powered contraption, they now had their own sustainable energy source.

Bob’s daughter, Cinnamon Sky, hopped on the bike and started pedalling. The lights began to glow.

‘Keep going and you might make enough electricity to watch telly,’ Bob said.

Cinnamon pedalled faster and faster. Sparks flew, but she didn’t notice, she was fixated on the promise of EastEnders. There was an almighty bang, followed by a mournful fizz, then the lights died.

Cinnamon slid off the bike.

‘I’ll get the oil-lamps,’ she sighed.

(100 words – but only because I hyphenated ‘oil-lamps’ 😉 )

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Need more Tambourines? Read Gotta Go With The Flow and Fly Me To The Moon

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75 thoughts on “Friday Fiction – Cinnamon Sky Sees The Light

  1. It’s Gilligan’s Island all over again…Love the name of the child Cinnamon Sky…More tambourine….more cowbell! LOL good fun and it had my mind going all over the place. Bob..Mr Tambourine man! Priceless!

    Tom

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    • Hi Tom
      I had to google Gilligan’s Island – sounds fun! Glad you like Cinnamon Sky – she’s becoming one of my favourites too. There may be more Tambourines coming soon 🙂

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  2. Smooth and deceptively accurate depiction of some people in my village! The atmosphere is perfectly captured. Wish it was longer…you could write a novel with these characters…

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    • Hi Janet
      I thought of hamsters too – I think if I’d had a few more words, Bob might have considered tethering a couple of hamster wheels to his contraption 🙂

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    • She’s never going to get to watch any tv, poor girl. I’m glad you like the Tambourines – I wasn’t intending to write any more of them, but this picture screamed Tambourines at me!

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  3. Now there’s a concept! If kids had to work like that for entertainment maybe there wouldn’t be so many television vegetables. By golly, El, you may have discovered the solution to childhood obesity. 😉 …that is if it had worked. In any case I’m smiling. Good job!
    shalom,
    Rochelle

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    • Hi Rochelle
      Hmm, maybe I should ask Bob for the plans to his pedal-powered generator – we could go into business selling pedal-powered tvs and make our fortune – I see a future filled with awards and OBEs – or maybe that’s just the writer’s imagination going crazy 🙂

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  4. Ha – if only they had to pedal to power the WII and DSi and things as well!
    (Yeah, but don’t make me pedal for the internet, that’s all I’m saying.)
    Love your characters

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  5. Perfect! Great premise/interpretation of the prompt. Looooove the name, Cinnamon Sky. So right for this natural, back-to-earth family. Love her enthusiasm, its disastrous results, and her resigned attitude at the end. Well done!

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    • Poor Cinnamon Sky, she’s used to things not going quite right, and she knows her parents have her best interests at heart.
      Glad you liked my story, many thanks 🙂

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  6. Oh, Cinnamon Sky is back, yay!!
    Love this, maybe all kids should be made to pedal in order to watch tv – sad though that she is pedalling for Eastenders…
    Lovely read
    Dee

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    • Hi Dee
      The prompt screamed ‘Tambourines’ to me, so I had no choice really!
      I’m disappointed with ‘EastEnders’ I should have chosen something else – probably something a little more topical for kids, something her friends at school would all watch. Never mind.

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  7. Ladies and gentlemen can we hear a round of applause for the great E.L. Appleby? I am so glad your internet issues are behind you. I can remember seeing a program from American television called “That’s Incredible” where a father equipped the family television with a similar incentive, in the form of an exercise bike. His kids could watch television as long as one of them was on the bicycle generating the power.

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    • Hi Joe
      You’re so lovely to me every week – I can’t wait to read your comments!
      There used to be a programme called ‘The Good Life’ in the UK in the 70s (I was very little!), about a couple who turned their back on consumerism and went self-sufficient. They showed it in the US but called it ‘Good Neighbors’. They tried various ways of generating electricity.

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  8. I can’t remember his name, but there is a actor who is ‘green’ while his family or wife at least isn’t as enamored with the whole ‘save the Earth’ – please just let me go shopping. I think I watched one episode where he was on a bike to get the toaster to work.

    Thanks for the links…I missed the first one.
    Cheers.

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    • Might be ‘The Good Life’ you’re thinking of (renamed ‘Good Neighbors’ in the US) – with Richard Briers. I was very young when it came out, but I remember the repeats!
      Thanks for reading my Tambourine Tales 🙂

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  9. Actually, I think that contraption would be a wonderful idea. Watching TV for 4 hours a day would be the healthiest thing a kid could do then. Just one Saturday morning cartoon marathon away from being an Olympic cyclist.

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    • Just think – all those people on exercise bikes in all the gyms across the world – they could be saving the planet and getting fit at the same time!
      thanks for commenting 🙂

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  10. ohhh the Tamborines are back! yeah!!! Poor girl, no tv for her! I hope you bring this family back for more fun later El, they are great. So of course I loved your story. I’ll peddle over here anytime! 😉

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    • Hi Jackie
      I took one look at that photo and thought – time for a Tambourine Tale! And yes, I’m sure they’ll be back sometime soon – not every week though – there’s too much other weird stuff in my head that I need to share 😀

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  11. Hi El,
    I’m really loving this character, Cinnamon Sky. What a great invention, too. Imagine how in shape we all would be if we could only watch TV this way. I bet Cinnamon doesn’t give up easily. Great one!

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  12. LOL that was great. I can just hear Bob saying, “No Cinnamon, you’ll have to wait till your mother switches the washing machine to “spin” before you use the bathroom.”

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  13. Love these Tambourine stories. Oh dear, poor Cinnamon will have to go to the neighbours to watch EastEnders, or cycle more sedately once Bob has repaired his contraption.

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    • Hi kz
      I’m almost tempted to have more children so I can name one Cinnamon Sky – wish I’d thought of it a few years ago (not that she’d thank me when she grew up!)

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  14. Heehee, I love the hope and excitement that’s palpable in your story too. You could buy that extra word (to unhyphenate oil-lamps) but taking the “and” out of “Keep going; you might make enough electricity” if you wanted?

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