Some Extremely Short Stories

Two first of those are the results of my Day 8 with “30 Days of Inspiration” (a free eBook I thoroughly recommend you to download here), which proposes to write a love story and a ghost story in less than 20 words. All of the following pieces present sheer experiments with form and meaning in no more than the said number of words. I leave the the outcomes to your judgment.

1: A Million of “Should Have”

Smiling.

Heartbeat rushing.

Four steps forward.

Casual words.

A polite nod.

Saying “Goodbye”.

Walking away.

2: Regret Comes After

CHLOE COOPER-WEBB     JAKE COOPER        MIRANDA COOPER

          1976-2007                          1977-2008                    1951-2009

     NEVER FORGET          CRIME UNREPAID      BRINGS NO REST

3: People

In stupor, we grays gape at a puce invading the blue—we must be colourblind.

4: The Big Book of History

Again, beginning seizes end, again.

5: Ode to Fear

Breathe in; clench your fists; reminisce every tear, fail, and loss. Now shut up and suffocate.

6: The Greater Good

Mistake

Cowardice             Cowardice

Conscience                           Conscience

Guilt                     Guilt

Greater Good

How do you feel about the literature that tries to limit itself with as fewer words as possible? Is it, maybe, a modern type of literary arts, or just an odd experiment? You’re also welcome to judge my six works in the poll below.

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