Dear Diary, I Messed Up Again

Submitted into Contest #98 in response to: Write about someone who’s desperately trying to change their luck.... view prompt

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Drama

Entry One - April 15th

Dear Diary, today as I sat on the porch mending buttons a man walked past. He was tall and broad and had a black mustache. He was whistling a beautiful, cheerful tune. He waved to me as he walked by but then tripped and ruined his nice clothes in a mud puddle. I tried to help him up, but I foolishly scattered the buttons everywhere and dropped the clothes in the dirty street as I stood. When I tried to help him up, we both slipped and I ended up ruining my gown as well as giving the man a faceful of muck. He glared at me, stood up, and then gave me a curt nod. I'm almost positive he swore under his breath at me. After that, I had the job of picking up thousands of little buttons from off the sidewalk trying not to get stepped on. When that was done I had to wash the clothes again, gather eggs, milk the cows and then make lunch for Ma and Ayva. I didn't have time to bathe until nightfall. It was a horrible day. Hopefully, tomorrow brings a new start.

-Era

Entry Two - April 17th

Dear Diary, I tried finding the man from yesterday after my morning chores. I brought a small basket of Ayva's delectable orange rolls. They were sitting on the counter and made the whole house smell amazing. I asked around about the man and found out he was new to the area. I felt my face flush as I learned that he was a duke of someplace. However, this just made me more determined to give him the rolls and apologize. I found out from Leanna the baker that he was staying at Ms. Ivy's home for the time being. When I knocked on the door, Ms. Ivy's son answered, Tomas I think, and he about shut the door on me! When I told him I wanted to give some orange rolls to the duke he spit on my shoe and told me to get my poisoned rolls away and he didn't want to see any more witches coming knocking on his door. I left and munched on the orange rolls. I couldn't let them go to waste, now could I. Well as it turned out, those rolls were meant to go to the orphanage and Ayva had used the last bit of yeast for them. She instructed me to go get some more even though it was late and when I returned Ma about had a fit and made me stay up until I had finished all my afternoon chores. I worked late into the night and early into the morning, gaining some new blisters. It's only six-thirty now but I think I'll go to bed. I'm exhausted.

-Era

Entry Three- April 21st

Dear Diary, something very strange happened yesterday. As I was walking past the butcher's shop I heard a sharp hiss. There was a cat on the steps. It was so skinny I could see its ribs but it had a lovely pied coat. I crouched down and pulled a bit of fish from my basket, setting it by the cat's paws. It licked the fish up immediately and then scampered away. When I got home, a small, gnarled woman sat on our front steps, petting the cat I had fed earlier. When I approached her, she stood, thanked me for taking care of Marmalade, who I assumed was the cat, and then handed me a necklace. It was a small, silver chain with a glass amulet hanging by a hook. I had often seen the rich ladies wear necklaces like this with pressed flowers between the glass, but the one the woman gave me had a little tuft of white fur. She told me it was the fur of a rabbit's hindfoot and told me it was for good luck.

The next day I wore it around my neck when I went to the market and people were mad at me! They said I had committed a crime for killing a rabbit for a clump of its fur and told me to practice my witch-craft somewhere else. I've decided now that tomorrow I will go to the White Elk fields and try to find a four-leaf clover to replace the rabbit fur. Maybe that'll help my luck.

-Era

Entry Four - April 22nd

Dear Diary, I woke up early and finished my morning and afternoon chores by lunchtime, then went to the White Elk fields to try to find some patches of clover. I found some but none had any four-leaf clovers. I spent hours baking in the sun and now I can hardly lean down without my sun-burned back protesting with hot pain. I refuse to go outside in case of another mishap but I seem to be doing that just fine here at home too. In only a few hours I broke two plates I was washing, tipped over a newly filled pail of milk, dropped the basket of eggs I had just collected, mistaken the salt for sugar, and burned dinner. Ma scolded me something fierce and when I told her I hadn't meant to, she backhanded me and told me to get out of her sight. Ayva was kind enough to get me a cold washcloth to press against my face but the cooling effect did not last long in my boiling attic room. I am tired of this bad luck. I will do something about it.

-Era

Entry Five - May 1st

Dear Diary, I tried changing my luck around with good deeds, so today I went to the orphanage and brought some eggs with me for the children. When I walked through the gate however a small boy yelled "Look, it's the witch!" and pointed at me. I held up the basket and explained that I was just delivering some eggs. The boy tilted his head, smiled, and said thanks. I smiled back, set the basket on the ground since they clearly didn't want me any closer, and turned to leave. That's when I felt something hit my shoulder. Eggshells and slimy yolk slipped down my back and I flushed, turning around on my attackers. In less than an instant, I was pelting the kids with eggs and they were pelting me. Needless to say, Ma was not pleased when I arrived home, covered in shells, albumen, and yolk, escorted by two guards. 'Era what will I do with you?!' She had cried, tears running down her face. I had lived fourteen years without seeing her weep, but I did then and it broke my heart. I'm determined to change my luck no matter what I need to do.

-Era

Entry Six- May 7th - Last Entry

Dear Diary, today was supposed to be Era's fifteenth birthday. Reading through her diary I can see now that she had an unfortunate case of bad luck and I'm sorry for all the times I yelled at her. Now, I wish I had cherished the moments I had with her. Era was awkward and clumsy that was true, and I laughed when she had told you she gave the Duke of Waythford a mud facial, but she was also kind and lively. I will miss her a great much and wish she had taken a more moderate approach to change her luck. We'll forever love you, our dear Eranna.

-Ayva and Ma

June 14, 2021 01:38

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Studio Q Test
14:42 Jun 29, 2021

wow! the story is really wonderful. I hope to hear MORE of your stories. Because they are AmAzInG❀❀❀

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Aw thank you so much!!! That means so much to me Xoxo- Echo

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Kathy Landes
23:55 Jun 23, 2021

Wow a cat. a crone, and a neckless, That poor Era definitely should have know how to change her luck. Great story

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S.E. Reed
22:40 Jun 23, 2021

Echo Ross, I really enjoyed the format of your short. Very creative! I felt very sorry for the main character-- She did not seem to deserve the bad luck! I hope that wherever Era went, she found a good fortune. We all have those times in our life when things seem to go wrong and no matter how hard we try, it just seems to make things worse. You could (should) write a follow-up to this in another prompt, so we can see what happens to our unlucky heroine. xo S.E. Reed

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Thank you! Your comment made my day. This was my first time actually writing in diary form so it was a fun new experience for me. I don't usually do follow-ups and such but that's an interesting idea. Thank you!

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S.E. Reed
00:07 Jun 24, 2021

You’re very welcome! Please let me know if you write a follow up! I 100% want to read it. Xo

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Aw your so kind, I'll let you know if I decide to!

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12:11 Jun 22, 2021

Hey hey, Echo! I really loved the use of the diary form (a style I love writing in), and I think the idea of "not realising what you have/what you could've done before it's too late" was implied in this story, mainly in the ending. One piece of feedback would be: [I couldn't let them go to waste, now could I.] You could change the fullstop into a question mark. Other than that, great job! :D

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Thanks for the feedback and the comment! It meant a lot to me. This was my first time writing in diary form and I actually really enjoyed it!

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21:22 Jun 23, 2021

No problem! Keep writing in diary form, you do such a good job :)

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04:20 Jun 24, 2021

<3

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Melissa Condon
19:34 Jun 19, 2021

Wow, the ending hit me like a truck. Poor thing. Too bad they weren't nicer to her when it mattered.

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01:08 Jun 15, 2021

My eyes went so freaking big at the ending ERA NOOOO! I. Absolutely. Loved. This. Story. Why? BECAUSE YOU WROTE IT SO FREAKING WELL- The whole thing felt light-hearted. Just a girl with bad luck going through wacky shenanigans. And it felt so charming and cute and then BAM you read the ending. Did Era do what I think she did to "end her bad luck"? Cuz if so that just makes the story that much darker and that much more interesting. Holy hell Echo this was great. Good job :)

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Aww thanks, Sarah, your comment made my whole day haha I haven't actually decided what I wanted to happen at the end so that's a mystery, even for me! ;) Although it is heavily implied she accomplished 'ending her bad luck'

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17:03 Jun 15, 2021

Ohhhh ok...interesting. I like an open ended ending sometimes.

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Dhwani Jain
12:29 Dec 24, 2021

This is so sweet!!! I am listening to HOW DOES A MOMENT LAST FOREVER and I think this song is the perfect background score for this awesome story!!! <3 I loved it!

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Oooh I've never heard of that song, I'll go check it out >;3 Thank you <3

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Dhwani Jain
07:39 Dec 26, 2021

Did you like the song?

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Yessss it was so good <3 I didn't know it was from Beauty And The Beast, that's so cool!

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Dhwani Jain
05:34 Dec 27, 2021

Please read my latest story!

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Philia S
12:18 Jul 09, 2021

Hey Echo! I loved the story! The last entry really sent a knife through my heart and slightly muddled my brain...Did Era, like, die? or she set out on a quest to change her luck? Anyway, there is a small thing I would suggest you change while writing in diary format is that, usually, I notice that when we write diary entries, reading famous people's(Anne Frank, for one) and my own, that we usually tend to go on and on about 'most everything. I mean, you did a great job with writing what happened with her, but describing her thoughts. Wishfu...

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I don't actually know, it's a secret! Even to me ;) Thanks! I'll keep that in mind! No no no! I appreciate it ^^

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Leo Reynie
03:28 Jun 15, 2021

Era is such a cool name where did you get it from? She's so clumsy and sweet she doesn't deserve bad luck ugh Era I love you. Great story, but from what you implied it ended it goes from sweet to crazy dark.

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Haha I made it XD *Well it was a word but I made it into a name* Ikk I love her too lol shes like my inner awkward introvert in human form Hehe ;)

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Leo Reynie
22:14 Jun 15, 2021

Lol yes I know that. Still a cool name. XD NU. What happens??

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Ha thanks I haven't actually decided, it's still a mystery! However it is heavily implied that she did in fact die

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18:22 Mar 21, 2022

I love reading journal entry styled stories. Also, what happened to Era?-

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Aren't they so cool? I wanna try one again they are SO fun to write in Hehe its an open ending ;3

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19:07 Mar 21, 2022

I definitely wanna try it out. Fair enough(my brain does hamster wheel thinking a lot)

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You totally should, I would SO read it XD can relate (So random but I saw you updated your bio and I love it :0)

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19:13 Mar 21, 2022

I'll try to get inspiration from this week's prompt. Hamster wheeling thoughts are a mess XP (Thank you!^-^ Also, thanks for replying so quickly. It's definitely nice to talk to someone)

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Yassssss you got this I believe in you!!! But they're so fun because you can video yourself and then watch it back later and wonder whos crack you snuck XD (Haha ofc c: Im just bored in Study Hall and your here so >:D *not that I wouldn't wanna talk to u if I was out of Study Hall*)

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