A Hint Of A Challenge

My friend Jayne has thrown down a challenge: Write a story (beginning, middle and end) that hints at a larger story, but is complete within itself, in 25 words or less. Because I can never resist a challenge, I decided to give it a shot. Because I’m slightly crazy, I came up with two submissions. I hope you enjoy them and please visit Jayne’s hint fiction post, give her some love and see who else has participated. Or throw your own hat into the ring.




The Challenge (15 words)

“You know, it’s a lot harder than I expected.”
“Yeah. I hear that a lot.”







Guilt (24 words)

As they led the young man from the room, he watched with savage satisfaction as a woman sobbed. Now they both lost a child.

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  • If I had a nickel for every time I heard that first one…I’d be homeless.

  • Yeah, me too. 🙂

  • Love them! Literally LOL’d at the first one and then was immediately sobered by the second. Talk about emotional whiplash! Thanks for playing, Nicky.

  • I agree with Jayne…went right from laughing to OMG. Very clever, Nicky.

  • S.A. Molteni

    Loved both of these. Very good use of a limited amount of words here. 🙂

  • Damn, you got me too. The second piece wiped the smirk right off my face.

  • Britton Swingler

    Yikes! From the calm right into a nasty storm.

  • ReformingGeek

    Oh, ah! You did good. I want to know what that young man did or I just want to beat the sheet out of him. Hee. Oh, and as long as I don’t have to scale that rock, we’re good.

  • Tracey Baptiste

    Oh my gosh, GUILT!!! I LOVE THIS

  • Thank you, Jayne, for inviting me to participate. I wrote the first one rather quickly and felt like it was a little lightweight for a challenge hosted by such a talented lady, hence the second one. 🙂

  • Thanks Cheryl, you are always so sweet!

  • Welcome, S.A. and thank you for your kind words.

  • You know, I considered switching the order of the two pieces, but it just seemed wrong to laugh after Guilt.

  • Welcome Britton! Sorry about the nasty weather, it’s normally much calmer around here. 🙂

  • Reffie, you do NOT want to know what he did. Evil Twin, however… 😉

  • Hi Tracey, thank you so much for your lovely comments here and over at Jayne’s. I really do appreciate them!

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    “Guilt” hits a little too close to home given what a dear friend of mine recently experienced.

  • 🙂 Hugs.

  • It is amazing what can be conveyed in so few words. Nothing like a good writing challenge to bring writers of a certain spirit together. Yes, thanks to Jayne for doing this.

  • Ooh… talk about vindictive! Who knew evil lurked in your heart, Nicky?

  • babymook3

    I LOVE this! And in 15 words.

  • playing with my emotions, again!!!!

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  • Hysterical, the 15-word piece. Guilt, not so much. Wow! That’s creepy.

  • Answer: We all did, Paula. How quickly you forget the February challenge. 😉

  • Ha! I’ve been trying to erase it from my memory.

  • Sorry, didn’t intend to touch a nerve with that one.

  • Hello Deborah, welcome! I’ve been having a hard time finding the motivation to write so I appreciated when Jayne gave me a “gentle nudge” to participate. 🙂

  • You mean besides Jepeto? 🙂

  • Sheesh, kill a few innocent people, beat a woman and torture a prisoner and all of a sudden I’ve got this reputation. Cool. 🙂

  • Vodka helps.

  • Thanks babymook!

  • It’s what I live for. You know, after cheese. And shoes.

  • Thanks, Lauren! The first one may or may not be based on a true conversation with someone who may or may not be named Jepeto. 😉

  • I’ve really, really missed you. 🙂


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