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An incomplete history

familypicPhoto provided by Lisa McCourt Hollar

Numbly I lay the obituary page next to the only family photo to survive the inferno that consumed Mom and Dad’s retirement villa three nights ago.

Why do we look like we’re about to invade this house? Who caught us on film? Tell me the story…

Voiceless ashes cruelly mock the gaps in my biography.

This story is exactly 55 words in response to a photo prompt by Lisa McCourt Hollar, who sponsors the weekly 55 Word Challenge on Jezri’s Nightmares. Unfortunately, it’s a 24-hour contest, opening Wednesday at noon Eastern time. I’m a day (plus an hour) late to actually participate in the challenge this week because I didn’t read the fine print till just now.


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Posted by on July 12, 2013 in Challenges, Fiction




old-man-in-rainPhoto from Jezri’s Nightmares

“Bigoted old hags!” Gwen stormed up the lane as indignantly as two arthritic knees would allow. For years she’d sat at the weekly tea, letting racist remarks pass by unchallenged. It got harder to remain silent after her daughter married “one of them.” Her permissiveness ended abruptly at 10:28 yesterday, with her granddaughter’s first cry.

Word count: 55

Thought I’d try my hand at an even shorter piece of flash fiction this week, joining up with the 55 Word Challenge over at Jezri’s Nightmares. I could choose from one of three photo prompts to inspire a short, short story. To anyone who thinks writing a story in 55 words should be half as hard as writing one in 100 words (since the story’s roughly half as long), I say, “You try it!”


Posts I commented on today:
Sleepless in Duwamps (Where’s my backpack?)
Book Review: Unexpected Gifts (Rick Mallery)
A to Z Reflections (The Ninja Librarian)  new blog of the day


Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Challenges, Fiction