Okay here is a quick bonus post to celebrate reaching the 50-post milestone (Hooray! This is post 51!). Some readers of my last post commented on the benefits of honing the craft of writing with 100-word stories. Another reader suggested I try Lilly McFerrin’s Five Sentence Fiction, which is just what it sounds like: a challenge to write a story in five sentences (but with no word limits) from a single word prompt. Here is my five sentence offering, which happens to also be exactly 99 words! The prompt that I chose was the word “tattered.”
A howl cuts through the dark humid air like the searching flashlights, as my heart races faster–a bad thing. They’ve brought out the dogs and I don’t know why I fear them at this point, their teeth on my throat would be welcomed. If I could, I’d stand up waving my arms and shout, “over here,” but I can’t move. Sticky blood pumps through the tattered, ragged hole in my stomach and soaks into the thirsty earth. One way or another it will soon be over, I think, as the night grows solid and baying dogs echo faintly.
Feel free to join the challenge. What can you do in five sentences?