Saturday, February 16, 2013
Don't Mess with Mama
For this weekend's challenge we're asking you to include some hyperbole in your piece. It doesn't have to be the whole piece, but it needs to be in there, and we're looking for 33 words, as usual. For my non-English teacher types, hyperbole is the use of exaggeration as a way of adding emphasis to a story. It is not meant to be taken literally, but to form a more vivid picture in the mind of the listener.
Our cat Zena, who weighs a whopping 8lbs, has 'adopted' our puppy Maisy, who weighs a demure thirty pounds. We did not realize just how much Zena cared until one night when I found two adult raccoons on the patio---after I had opened the door and let Maisy outside. When I saw the prompt, that is what immediately came to mind.
She exploded from the house like a growling, furry, ballistic missile, her tiny body hurtling toward the trespasser, and the startled raccoons were last seen frantically leaping over the fence into the night.