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Scarlet was trembling in her shoes. It was all becoming too much and she couldn’t cope.
They had been warned that times were changing, but she and her friends each believed they were immortal, that there would always be a need for their services.
At first it was just the occasional alternative, then different colours began to creep in, and before long, coloured lead pencils outsold wax crayons, and Scarlet and her kinspeople were consigned to the bin.

When I saw the image today the first thing I thought of was pencils. When I was a child, it was always wax crayons, then lead pencils became more popular, and when I was bringing up a family, these had been replaced by fibre tipped pens. Getting those stains off walls and out of shirts was a nightmare. Give me wax any day.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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  1. murisopsis says:

    I love the way your imagination works!! This was great!

  2. They do lool like colored pencils

  3. rogershipp says:

    I saw them as colored pencils as well. As a teacher, I loved illustrations with colored pencils much better than the crayons… but they were hard to keep sharpened. And it was hard to keep a ‘healthy’ colored pencil sharpener! Enjoyed your flash story!

  4. Carol anne says:

    Lol! I bet those stains are a nightmare! 😀

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