The first one we looked at was the wife. She had an unshakable alibi with lots of witnesses to back it up. Then we started looking at business associates. That was a dead end, too. Three weeks dragged by without a good lead of any sort and the Captain was on our backs to make progress. That’s when I started to consider the 11 year old daughter . . .

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “one.”


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

5 thoughts on “One”

  1. He stared at the numbers rolling across the page, tossing and turning inside his head. His sleep-deprived mind struggled to sort them into an appropriate configuration. He knew that there was only one correct answer and his grade hung on it. There was only one right, and so many wrongs.

  2. All it takes is one. This is the idiom used in our culture when goals are on our minds. When order is a goal, we profoundly understand that one act will cause a chaotic environment and disorganization. One good play wins it all for the team, and everyone is happy.

  3. One—reminds me of the song made famous by Three Dog Night back in the ’70s whose lyrics went something like this:
    One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do
    Two can be as bad as one
    It’s the loneliest number since the number one
    After all these years, now I get what these lyrics actually meant. Ha!

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