It’s Sunday, so that makes me just in time to post my response to this week’s Writespiration, courtesy of Sacha Black. This week’s prompt is Choke, and as always, we have exactly 52 words with which to craft a response. Here’s mine:
He’d seen it online, other boys making it look easy. Just take the rope, loop it, and swing out.
He stood at the edge of the drop, rope rough in his hand, camera on.
He could do this, he thought, looping the rope. He swung out.
The rope slipped.
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Gah… Too realistic, unfortunately. The internet has become a stage.
Yep. It’s awful, isn’t it? (I mean the stage thing, although the story made me gulp a little when I wrote it). How are things with you? And with your wonderful book? I’ve seen some good reviews for it 🙂
It is scary…
Yes. There have been some gorgeous reviews. Including yours. 😊 Thank you! 💖
Oh, you’re very welcome (and omg that wasn’t why I was asking haha *blushing*) I’m really glad to hear it, it’s scary sending a book baby out into the world, isn’t it?
I know it wasn’t. But I am so appreciative. 💖
Well…I meant the internet thing was scary. Oh, my, I’m getting my comments all tangled here. 😀
Hehe, you and me both 🙂 Happy Sunday to you xx
OMG. *gulp* Like Sarah I feel like this horrible nightmare could be true. Amazing entry 🙂 made my stomach curl.
Thanks, sacha – I felt a bit sick writing it, to be honest 😬
Gasp. Aagh, this felt so real.
Thanks, Miriam. It’s amazing what can be done with 52 words – I really like Sacha’s prompt as it’s a real challenge.
You’re very good at it. And yes, what a great challenge.
Aw, thanks Miriam, very kind of you to say xx
It’s good to venture out of one’s comfort zone. Nice work, if gasp-making 🙂
Thanks, Jane. Yes, it was a bit different for me- no dragons in this one 🙂
No, I noticed that immediately 🙂
*Gulp* not the sort of thing you’d want to see on FB live. Nice work, though, Helen. You certainly managed to convey that awful feeling of knowing what was going to happen and wanting to hide behind the cushion, over to me when I read it.
Thanks, Hugh. No, not at all – a bit too much of that sort of thing online these days, sadly. Hope you didn’t stay behind the cushion too long! 🙂
Sounds like Darwin was watching from the bushes.
Yes, he seems to have been a candidate for an award, sadly.
Damn! I didn’t know you could write like that, Helen… Brilliant! 😉
Really? Thanks so much, Kev 🙂 *blushing*
I imagine he got a little red in the face too. (evil grin) 😉 Er, I think the being a writer sometimes brings out the dark side a tad. 😎
Haha, yes, definitely! It’s a wonderful way to indulge 😉
Well… I wasn’t expecting that from you, Helen. I guess because it involved a child. But excellent writing as always. Sacha’s prompts are excellent, and this 52 word thing is not easy. I am full on in essay mode right now… but in another 8 weeks I will be done till mid september. Maybe I will find some inspiration for something a little more creative then. 😊
Yes, a few people have commented that it’s a bit unlike my usual style. I don’t know where it came from – I read the word choke and could see the kid standing there, rope in hand. The mind is a strange thing! And Sacha’s prompts are great, I definitely agree 🙂 Hope essay mode passes quickly and without too much pain, Ali – but how amazing that in eight weeks you’ll have completed your first year of study!