May 2017 Challenge

  • This one is for you Julie.

    Thank you so much for Story a day may!

    Warm regards,
    Jean-François

    *Jeff, the lizard king*

    I was having breakfast when the door appeared. It looked like what you’d imagine a castle door would look like if you didn’t really know about castles. I didn’t. It looked like the doors on the mushroom dwellings of the smurfs…[Read more]

  • Trigger warning: this story implies that a sexual assault occurs.

    GRETCHEN AND HANK
    By Lisa Rutledge
    The first night of the camping trip, Gretchen stayed awake after the rest, memorizing the sleep breathing of her mom, dad, and brother. Once they all crashed the second night, she crawled out of the tent, dragging her backpack behind.
    In case Hank…[Read more]

  • GHOSTS OF STORY PAST
    By Lisa Rutledge
    I dress after a shower, but I don’t leave the bathroom, and I’m not aware I don’t. Why? Because I have to write a story about a writer.
    Knowing this seals me off from the tile and towels, from the cotton of my shirt, and from the rise and fall of my own breathing. I hear the whispers of voices that are more…[Read more]

  • I wouldn’t call this a story yet. It’s more of a sketch. In June, I plan to flesh it out, expanding the scenes after the first one, adding dialogue and showing instead of telling. For today though, I wanted to get to the end of my story, and I knew I wouldn’t have as much time to write as I have had on some other days.

    THE ANXIOUS DUCKLING
    By…[Read more]

  • THE SPELLING CINDER CYRIL
    By Lisa Rutledge
    Once upon a time, one that happens to be our own, lived a twelve-year-old named Cyril Swenson. He looked at least three years younger than his age, and his stepbrothers didn’t let him forget this for a second.
    “Did you make a handprint for your mommy in art class today little guy?” his oldest stepb…[Read more]

  • No matter what happens, I will be with you always. She crumpled the bloodstained letter, thinking to tear it up and to toss into the fire, yet though it was false, it brought her the last words from him. She couldn’t quite destroy them — only hide them away. Hide them she did — behind the built-in bookshelves in the front room.
    #
    “You can’t g…[Read more]

  • Day 23 ~ To Do: Now What?

    Wednesday, May 24 ~ The Last Day

    1. 6:00 AM ~ Wake, shower, shave, kiss Pat goodbye, start commute.

    2. Stop at Starbuck’s for Grande Pike Place. Tell barista Alyssa this will be last time I stop by at 7:30 in foreseeable future. Leave $10 tip.

    3. Park in Lot C for last time. Try not bouncing like 5th grader too m…[Read more]

  • Day 27 ~ On Grafton Lake

    “What’s her name?” Matt asked, smiling his practiced interested smile, yet dreading the answer.

    “Does it really matter?” Andi said, her eyes losing focus on his as she gazed through her ever-rosy haze her new lover’s perfection in her mind’s eye.

    “No, not really,” escaped around Matt’s smiling shield, the one he had bui…[Read more]

  • Jean-François Héon posted an update in the group Group logo of May 2017 ChallengeMay 2017 Challenge 8 months ago

    Doing a flash story as usual. It is a series of personal ads from the same source, with the final section being the punch through omniscient pov.

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    Title: *halp wanted*

    Labourer wanted.

    Labourer wanted. Pays in Bitcoin.

    Light chores. Pays in Bitcoin.

    Light chores in a *quiet* environment. Bitcoin.

    *Discreet* help wanted. Bitcoin.…[Read more]

  • I don’t think this qualifies as an independent story, but I’ve been thinking for a while that I want to open my novel-in-progress with a letter. I decided to take a first crack at drafting the letter chunk of the prologue.

    Do you guys think that stories that have prologues always need to have epilogues? A reader told me one time that I needed to…[Read more]

  • Lisa, I liked the way you used the three sections to tell three different parts of the story. And it was an unusual perspective. School stories tend to sympathize with the schlub, not the girl who likes to dress up. I liked it.

  • Intriguing!

  • lunae replied to the topic A Place To Post Stories in the forum Group logo of May 2017 ChallengeMay 2017 Challenge 8 months ago

    I’m probably re-re-retreading one of my bits of backstory for these two characters, but it was ideal for this challenge.

    “Fasting Gifts”

    Traditionally, fasting gifts presented between those of the Smythy class involved a creation made with the one unique talent that defined them.

    Therefore, Albert had only one choice.

    Hours he would have spent…[Read more]

  • I guess the following is a sequence of three sonnets. Each scene is fourteen lines.

    FRENEMIES
    By Lisa Rutledge
    What a waste of a mind. She can remember all that just from sitting in class. Imagine what she could do if she gave a crap and actually studied. Even if she did, she wouldn’t get very far dressed like that. Her endless hoodies and c…[Read more]

  • Dalia replied to the topic A Place To Post Stories in the forum Group logo of May 2017 ChallengeMay 2017 Challenge 8 months ago

    “Tricky Trixie”

    1 Mr. Butterbomb and Trixie had just formed a team.
    2 They were making a list of what to get from the store.
    3 The blue gummy bear thought to start with the basics,
    4 While the young unicorn thought she could do more.

    5 They battled and argued all morning through tea.
    7 Cookies and puddings and cakes he did want,
    8 While she…[Read more]

  • PERSONAL AD
    By Lisa Rutledge
    Man looking for woman who’s open to anything. Athleticism is not one of my talents, but I do enjoy sports as a spectator. Keeping up with the Cowboys is how I spend my Sunday afternoons. In the evenings, I jog the neighborhood. No worries about making dinner, as I love to cook. Giving my time to you will be a p…[Read more]

  • PERSONAL AD
    By Lisa Rutledge
    I’m a man looking for a woman who’s open to anything. Yodeling is one of my talents. Athleticism is not. Unwinding on the bleachers, or in the stands, or on the couch, I like. For exercise, I jog around the neighborhood. Action movies are my favorites, but I’ll watch any flick. Myriad are my music tastes. Chances are,…[Read more]

  • Jean-François Héon posted an update in the group Group logo of May 2017 ChallengeMay 2017 Challenge 8 months ago

    Yeah, today was fun!

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    Increment

    Let me tell you about someone.
    I often think of him
    Doesn’t need veritaserum.
    He knows almost everything.
    he is so damn sure.
    Some would say he’s not human
    Some describe him as a strange eclectic.
    I don’t think anybody can attest to really understand him.
    Except perhaps the one and only person he loved.…[Read more]

  • Jean-François Héon posted an update in the group Group logo of May 2017 ChallengeMay 2017 Challenge 8 months ago

    I went a little cliché for today’s prompt.
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    Breakfast in Bed

    – tray
    – wood plank
    – wood screws
    – screwdriver drill bit (too hard manually!)
    – tie wraps
    – paint to cover scratches
    – wireless camera

  • Jean-François Héon posted an update in the group Group logo of May 2017 ChallengeMay 2017 Challenge 8 months ago

    This is the day 19 prompt. My original short story is actually when the two protagonists meets the two secondary characters. I twisted the prompt a bit to when the two secondary characters meet for the first time. It was a super pleasant experience!

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    Godship

    The weaver was sitting alone, like a frog on a deserted pond, the only sound the…[Read more]

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