Dear Advice Lady,
I could really use a bit of help and I really have no one else to turn to. I think the dust bunnies in my house are not as idle and harmless as they first appeared to be. I fear they might have started plotting against me in order to acquire more resources. You see, they have started gathering in large numbers but always in secret.
They hide behind the bookcase, under the bed, numerous places in the attic, and most recently, I found a large number of them gathered around the moldy half-eaten cookie that lives under the fridge. I often wonder if he is their leader. I have tried talking to him on many occasions but I am always ignored. I’ve never seen such an openly hostile cookie. I always thought cookies were supposed to be sweet!
How do I regain some control around the house without declaring an open act of war or disturbing their delicate ecosystem? I have tried sending in my gerbil, Inky, as a good will ambassador to their most populated regions but she was a disaster. She desecrated several of their sacred places with her teeth. Now, they are probably going to think I gave her the orders!
The one thing I have going for me right now is that they know I have the ultimate weapon at my disposal. I am not a violent person but if it ever comes to the point where it’s them or me, I will vacuum every inch of this house, so help me god!
Do you have any suggestions for me? I am getting desperate and a tad bit scared.
Walla Walla, Washington
The above is just a silly letter I wrote for the Trifecta Writing Challenge. This time around they are looking for stories/poems between the usual 33 and 333 words that conveys that something is idle but the word idle must also be used. The exact definition of idle they are looking for is shiftless and lazy or a person with no obvious means of support. This one is fun. You should try it! Are you feeling too shiftless and lazy to give this a go? I managed to do this and I’m sick as can be. So, no excuses… stop being idle and get to writing!