Day Five: Be Brief

Today’s Prompt: You stumble upon a random letter on the path. You read it. It affects you deeply, and you wish it could be returned to the person to which it’s addressed. Write a story about this encounter.

Today’s twist: Approach this post in as few words as possible.
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I dunno if I buy into the mystique and draw of the 100-word story. Are they superbly brief, or just incomplete? You be the judge of my attempt below.

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Stunned, only incoherent apologies tumbled from my lips as my shaking hand held out the letter to her. “Sorry! Didn’t mean…your privacy. Sorry. So sorry.”

I expected her to snatch it back and slam the door, outraged.

Instead, we sat together in shared grief for long moments, saying nothing aloud, but speaking volumes in empathetic glances.

Finally, she gave a small smile, patted my hand, and said “It’s okay, you know. It wasn’t lost. I released it to the wind. I wanted one other soul to know. There is strength in sharing.”


6 comments so far

  1. Priceless Joy on

    I liked this a lot!

  2. Billy on

    Beautiful and intense and to the point 🙂

  3. Lulu on

    Brevity can be beautiful!

    Your 100 words, said more, conveying more emotion and depth and poignancy than one reads in some novels with endless words. WOW!

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