The task is to create a short story or poem using 10 random words. Go to random word generator and change it to generate ten words then select “Generate Random Words”. From there, choose an animal and find a way to add that animal along with your ten random words into your short story. Your story can be about anything so feel free to get creative.

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I know this was supposed to be a short story, but I got a little bit carried away… (just a warning: this is very cheesy!)

The Secret of Teddy Graham

“Agent Squirrel, we have a mission for you. The Big Bad Wolf is at it again. He has been threatening to blackmail the executive of Teddy Grahams, but we do not know what information he has. We also do not know why the Big Bad Wolf is threatening to blackmail Mr. Graham. Some of us believe he is just going insane. Well, are you up for your mission, Agent Squirrel?”

“Ready as always!” Sammy A. Squirrel replied before quickly leaving the room. What critical information does the Big Bad Wolf have that Mr. Graham doesn’t want everyone to know?

Agent Squirrel ran through the park and toward the Teddy Graham building. It wasn’t easy being a super secret agent squirrel in the city.

“Squirrel coming through!” he shouted as he ran down the sidewalk. “Watch those hooves!” he exclaimed as he was coming up behind a horse. The horse slowed down and looked on the ground by her legs to see a familiar squirrel approaching her.

“Sammy! What a pleasant surprise seeing you! It’s been a little while, but I can see you’re still the same hothead.” she chuckled.

“Sorry, Naomi. I’m in a rush. I’ll call you later, and we can catch up?”

“Seriously, Squirrel? Why are you in a rush? You’re the most simple, boring, and bland person I know.”

“At least I’m not ugly,” he remarked. Naomi snorted at this comment.

Agent Squirrel finally entered the building and rushed across the room to catch the elevator. There was a young raccoon in the elevator with him. To Sammy’s surprise, the raccoon wept uncontrollably on the ride up to the 100th floor. Every now and then, the raccoon would look over at Sammy and wait for him to ask what was wrong. Sammy sighed and turned to the raccoon.

“Why are you crying?” he asked, even though he didn’t really care. The young raccoon sniffled and wiped his tears from his face.

“I-I-I…” Sammy rolled his eyes. The raccoon continued, “I found what looked like a bearskin rug in the boss’s office.”

Sammy didn’t understand what was so important about that. “And what about it?”

“I think Mr. Graham is not a bear, Mr. …?” The raccoon waited for the squirrel to fill in his name.

“Don’t worry about it. What makes you think that?”

“I saw him in his office, or I’m guessing it was him. It didn’t look anything like a bear. His hands, legs, body, head, you name it were misshapen. He also didn’t have any hair! It was an appalling sight to see.”

“Okay, little raccoon… so if what you’re saying is true… Mr. Teddy Graham isn’t a bear, but a hideous, bald, monstrous creature pretending to be a bear?”

“Umm… yes,” the raccoon whispered, realizing how crazy it sounded. The elevator dinged and the doors opened to the 100th floor.

“Thanks, raccoon. You may not be as insane as you think.” Sammy A. Squirrel said as he left the raccoon in the elevator.

Teddy Graham sat quietly working in his office when Agent Squirrel knocked on his door.

“Sammy! It’s good to see you! Thanks for coming on such short notice.” Mr. Graham stood up from his chair and offered his hand to shake with the agent. Sammy dismissed his gesture with a simple nod.

“So, as you heard, Wolf–” the executive began to explain, but Sammy put up his paw to quiet him.

“I know all about Wolf. I need to know more about you. What do you want to keep hidden from everyone?” Mr. Graham began to sweat and look around his office nervously.

“What do you mean?” the executive rubbed his head, and his skin seemed to shift a little.

“I was talking to one of your employees in the elevator. He was telling me something about a bearskin rug and a bald monster in your office earlier. I was just wondering what your thoughts are on that.”

“Okay, okay. You got me! I’m not really a bear! I’m not a monster, though,” Mr. Graham slipped off the bearskin to reveal his true self, “I’m human, okay?” Sammy backed away in disbelief.

“Is the Big Bad Wolf actually going to blackmail you, or is that a lie, too?”

“He did threaten to blackmail me, but I think I’m just going to suck it up and tell everyone the truth.”

“That’s a… brave choice. I’m sure the agency can help you find the best way to reveal yourself… or just stay a bear, if that’s what you really want.”

“i just wanted to share my idea of graham crackers shaped like Teddy bears with the world. It shouldn’t matter if I’m a human or an animal.”

Sammy respected Mr. Teddy Graham’s decision and allowed the human to brainstorm the best way to share his news.

Although Agent Squirrel was expecting more crime fighting, secret spy drama on this mission, he sure got some drama. Who knew the idea of eating graham crackers shaped like bears didn’t come from a bear?

About this Story

I know that it seems really long, and it could be too long for a short story, but a lot of it is dialogue. Hopefully, you enjoyed the story! I could have stopped it once I had written all ten of the words and included the animal of my choice, but I just had to complete the story. The story does leave some fun questions unanswered like “what happened to the humans?” and “why Teddy Grahams?” I can honestly say I do not have answers to those questions. By the way, the ten randomly generated words were: blackmail, wept, misshapen, appalling, ugly, hooves, insane, executive, hothead, and bearskin. (I bolded the randomly generated words so that they could be easier to find.) I also chose a raccoon as my specially chosen animal, even though almost all of the characters are animals.

When I was writing this story, I had the secret agent theme in mind. This is not really the best spy story ever, but I do like the plot twist (I hope it wasn’t too weird, though.) I literally just followed my mind when I was writing this story, and I really love how it turned out in the end. It is pretty crazy, but this assignment reminded me that my imagination is still active in my brain. I just need to “walk the dog” as my creative writing teacher told us to do when I was in high school.

This assignment was really fun (I’m probably going to say this about all of the assignments). I did not expect myself to write as much as I did. It was definitely a great way to destress and get creative at the end of a long day. I learned that I should probably write more, even I don’t end up sharing my work with anyone. I also learned that it is hard to stop writing a story once you get one started.

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