This 100-word charmer effortlessly captures childhood whimsy, and invokes the fairy-tale magic of seven-league boots.

Leona Lee and Yun Yoo drew a hopscotch course on their sidewalk.

Leona offered, “Why not double it?”

Yun countered, “Triple!”

They drew around their block and, as they were pointed that way, they continued north, through Canada, turning at Alaska. They made friends with whales who helped them cross the Bering Sea and created a whale hopscotch involving breaches.

The girls drew through Russia, China, the Gulf states, African deserts and jungles, across the Atlantic on a boat now marked for hopscotch, through South and Central America until they reached home, nearly too exhausted to play—but not quite.

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Heather Bourbeau

Heather Bourbeau

Heather Bourbeau’s fiction and poetry have been published in 100 Word Story, Alaska Quarterly Review, Cleaver, Eleven Eleven, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, The Cardiff Review, and The Stockholm Review of Literature. She is the Chapman University Flash Fiction winner and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has been featured in several anthologies, including America, We Call Your Name: Poems of Resistance and Resilience (Sixteen Rivers Press), and Respect: Poems About Detroit Music (Michigan State University Press). She has worked with various UN agencies, including the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia and UNICEF Somalia.

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