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Bite-sized Tales 010-021

A collection of very short xx-word stories written in response to various prompts – from newest to oldest. ✍

21_Sad Story

Missing: Baby Elsa
Last seen: Nursery

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*Prompt Source: Booklat.

20_Nalinlang

Nasirang pagkakaibigan. Lumisang katinuan. Duguang bakuran.

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*Prompt Source: Sweek PH.

19_Betrayal B

Pricking holes in condoms. Shotgun wedding.

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*Prompt Source: Sweek.

18_Betrayal A

Wedding ring found. Ring finger included.

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*Prompt Source: Sweek.

17_Your Childhood

Winning bookish battles under enchanted sheets.

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*Prompt Source: Sweek.

16_Traveling

He hounds her into unexplored universes.

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*Prompt Source: Sweek.

15_Marriage

The veil lifts. He screams, “BOB????!!!”

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*Prompt Source: Sweek.

14_Movie Plot

Screenwriter in a slump. Cat helps.

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*Prompt Source: Sweek.

13_10-Word Thriller

A gunshot rings at midnight. She doesn’t die until dawn.

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*Prompt Source: Reedsy.

03_Time Loop

Dead in the water.
Bleeding on the shore.
Tripped on a time warp.
Again.
Again.
Again.

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*Originally written and posted on Twitter in 2014.

02_Vestibule

He trembled in the vestibule, pancake head too big for the inner door. She rifled off a chunk. He croaked and bled magenta.

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*Prompt Source: Fiction Festival @ Twitter. Originally written in 2014.

01_Night Diggers

Night diggers. Robbing graves. Empty boxes.

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*Originally written for and posted on Six Word Stories @ Livejounal in 2014.

Challenges · Drabble · Fiction

Holiday Double Drabble

gift box ornaments hanged on tree
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She spots a ball wrapped in fancy christmas paper under the tree. Clive, her son will not be disappointed this year. A rectangular box, half as tall as Sussie, rattles with the dull, heavy thump of the doll her daughter has craved for everyday since it appeared on the toy store’s show window. She cannot wait to see those beautiful brown eyes lighting up at the sight of this equally beautiful treat.

She came late to the gift-giving part of the evening this year, owing to Johnny’s worst tantrum in years. But no matter. She’s sure the partially unwrapped train set in the corner will be enough to pacify her youngest. If she’s lucky, the little tyke may not even mind the bloodstains on the exposed side of the box. No, Johnny’s too young to question things like that.

Tonight’s a good night to spoil her kids rotten. She’s also had her fill of fresh blood from the family she’s been stalking for weeks.

Balancing her precious loots under both arms, Mary pays the Millers one last glance. Their eyes have glazed over, frozen in a familiar look of fear.

She genuinely hopes her gratitude reaches them in the afterlife.

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*Inspired by this prompt from Writers Write’s Facebook page.