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.
Pearl walked on, hating her mother and her miserable life. Rev. Arthur would be waiting. Wind compounded the morning chill. Trudging along, a crumpled envelope danced by. She chased and caught it. Why? What did she want with a soggy letter? Noticing it was half opened, curiosity overcame her. Who could it hurt? The red ink was smeared. What she deciphered made her queasy.
My time grows short…
Indebted to your sacrifice…
Served my church… Love always, “A.”
Struggling to digest the contents of the letter, her cell rang. Hester blinked on the screen. Pearl dropped the phone.
Stabbing, stinging pain
like tiny daggers piercing
her fiery red eye