Five Sentence Fiction — Blades

Monday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Blades.

Crying newborn

photo: Thinkstock

Here’s my offering:

Katherine searched among the blades of grass for the perfect one: long, wide, but not too thick. She placed it between the tips of her two thumbs, stretching it taut, holding it straight by the balls of her hands, raised the whole arrangement to mouth and blew between her thumbs. Her passing breath vibrated the blade of grass like a reed in an instrument, causing a loud, honking, seagull squeal. The round face of the infant perched in Katherine’s lap was startled into silence and his eyes widened with surprise before they crinkled up with a giggling laugh. Exhausted, Katherine laid down, pulled her son up to her chest and let the sun’s warmth wash over them along with the relief that he had finally stopped crying.

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If you enjoy flash fiction challenges stop by each week to participate in my writing challenge offered every Tuesday. Take your pick from two, yes that’s right, two different prompts that I will be providing right here weekly.


11 comments on “Five Sentence Fiction — Blades

  1. I recall that moment of relief! (but I never could make music out of a blade of grass!) 🙂

  2. Ahhh one of the few tricks passed down from father to son. Thanks for stopping by. It’s good to read a few of your lines as well!

  3. I’ll have to give that a try sometime. Good use of prompt. Nicely succinct with a true beginning, middle and end.

    • I appreciate your feedback. It’s not as easy as one might think to squeeze a beginning, middle and end into five sentences. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!

  4. I thought with the photo she was going to make him cry. Glad it was the other way round. A honking seagull is a good noise to come from vibrating grass. All I could ever manage was a wet phut sort of sound. Really liked this take on the prompt – well done.

    • Thanks so much. It was literally the only thing I could write about. the word blades immediately conjured up using grass as a noisemaker. Nothing else would do. Thanks for stopping by!

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