Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Y is for Yawp


For this year's A-Z Challenge I have selected a word from the dictionary for each day and written a story around it with a 100 word limit. For extra interest I have chosen words that are unknown or unfamiliar to me. All definitions are from the Oxford Dictionary & Thesaurus 2007 Edition. Today's word is: Yawp.

Yawp: (noun) A harsh or hoarse cry or yelp. (verb) Shout or exclaim hoarsely.

Sorry I'm late today. This was my hardest story to edit down, from an initial length of about 230 words.

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Lawrence yawped as he twisted his ankle on the uneven ground. When the Frisbee sailed into Old Stanley’s field, he wanted to run. But his brother had goaded him on before disappearing.

He hobbled on, glancing around. A movement from a hut at the boundary caught his eye. He gasped. A boy about his age was waving frantically at him through the window. Should he go help?

After two faltering steps, everything went black. Next thing, he was in a hospital bed with his family around him. Where was the boy? He should tell them… but had he imagined it?

30 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And did he retrieve his Frisbee?

Jennifer Hawes said...

I knew the word yawp! I just added "yelp" the other day to my WIP. I do love a good "Y" word:)

Tamara Narayan said...

Mysterious. I hope Lawrence says something about the boy to someone.

I actually had "yawp" as my y-word last year from a Walt Whitman quote: "I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world."

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

This sounds like a beginning for a ghost story... :D

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T. Powell Coltrin said...

This is a new word to me. :)

Chrys Fey said...

The pain could've caused him to hallucinate. I hope so anyway...

Shell Flower said...

This is somehow sinister, though you only hint at it. Way to make me wonder.

Christine Rains said...

Oh oh. Tell them, just in case!

Sara C. Snider said...

Creepy. Possible ghost, or maybe just a boy cleaning the windows. ;)

diedre Knight said...

Great flash fiction! But now I'll think about that boy all day...:-)

Bish Denham said...

Yawp I know. Great word. Yes, he should tell them what he saw, tell them he doesn't know if it was real or not but that he wants to make sure there isn't someone being held prisoner.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Love this word. I've seen it used before. It was a ghost, obviously!

Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I didn't know that was a real world. Scary story today.

KAT Writer said...

A new word to add to my vocabulary.
Thanks for sharing the work involved in editing down. That is always so hard but worthwhile. I find word count restrictions really get better work from me.

djinnia said...

Ooo! I did this one in last year's A to Z! Yay!

Mysterious! Was it real or was it a hallucination? *Twilight Zone theme music plays*

Ruchi Singh said...

Coming back after a long time :-) Learnt Wyvern, Xebec and Yawp. Great going!

Keith's ramblings said...

Excellent teaser! I bet it was even more intriguing with double the number of words!
Keith's Ramblings

cleemckenzie said...

I like the sound of this word. I may have to adopt it.

Nick Wilford said...

Thanks, all! In the original draft, he woke up and the mysterious boy was in the next bed. But I decided to leave it more open ended.

Cortney Pearson said...

Nice. This word always makes me think of Dead Poet's Society and the Barbaric Yawp. :D

J E Oneil said...

I never knew yawp was a word but it's strangely appropriate.

I definitely want to know more about this story.

Patricia Lynne said...

You crafted a mystery with that story.

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Liz A. said...

Uh oh. I remember yawp from Dead Poets Society.

betty said...

Oh I hope he does go back and check it out!

betty

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nick - I certainly hadn't picked out yawp as a word ... but this description fits perfectly ... much worse than a 'yelp' .. and a story to be continued ..

Cheers Hilary

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

Tell them Lawrence, tell them! New word on me, but I think I know why it is not in favour - it doesn't really sound like it's definition. I think it's too close to yawn ;)
Tasha
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Holly Jahangiri said...

Huh. I always thought Dr. Seuss made that word up.

Mina Burrows said...

Yawp! Excellent choice. And yes, he should tell them. ;)

Melissa Sugar said...

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Medeia Sharif said...

I don't think it was his imagination. Great Y post.