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So, last week little_talks shared a Thursday Thirteen meme to her journal where the general idea is to pick a different topic each week and list thirteen things to do with it (thirteen favourite books, thirteen places you want to go, etc.). I thought it sounded pretty fun and was something I could use to break up the monotony of me talking about my mule the whole time. :P But then I decided it would be cool to make it a creative thing, so I'll be using Thursday Thirteen posts as prompts for writing, drawing, sculpting and photography. If anyone would like to join me, please do! :)

This week: Thirteen thirteen-word stories.

In order to tell a story in thirteen words so there has to be a lot of ambiguity, and although I feel I missed the mark on many (all?) of them, they were pretty fun to do. I had in mind the baby shoes story (the one that simply reads "For sale: baby shoes, never worn") as my basis. Also, sorry if the majority of these are a bit of a downer.

1. The cat saw everything, but did nothing; its paws needed cleaning, after all.
2. "Please," he said, as the wind whistled beneath them, "let the child go."
3. Finally, the culmination of six years of hard, bitter work: the last body.
4. As the world came to an end, the cat watched with wry amusement.
5. The TV had turned to static; he sat motionless, long into the night.
6. "Where are his records?" I asked, but the empty house no longer sang.
7. I'd made two cups of tea, but there was only one of me.
8. I stopped. Right turn only, the sign said. I hesitated, then turned left.
9. You asked if I was afraid, and laughed when I said I was.
10. "Light will always follow the darkness," she said, twisting the gold-plated ring.
11. She went to the cinema alone, dined alone, and said her goodbyes alone.
12. The parcel was addressed to me: a book, containing our favourite fairytales.
13. Her field is choked with thistles, and brambles block the paths we rode.


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Nov. 21st, 2014 12:02 am (UTC)
I love these stories!

Nov. 21st, 2014 06:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Nov. 21st, 2014 01:39 am (UTC)
Lovelovelove the first one! And so many others. You are so creative!
Nov. 21st, 2014 06:59 pm (UTC)
Ha, thanks! :)
Nov. 21st, 2014 02:39 am (UTC)
#1 sounds a lot like a cat.

Regarding #3, did you ever see the Alec Guinness movie "Kind Hearts and Coronets"?

Nov. 21st, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
Yeh - as much as I love cats, I am well aware that they would quite happily watch a murder and not bat an eyelid. I think that total lack of empathy is one of the things I like about them.

No, I haven't seen that film; have I accidentally echoed it?
Nov. 22nd, 2014 04:19 am (UTC)
I think a cat would strongly object to a murder, if they were splashed with the victim's blood. They don't like getting wet and it would mat their fur.

Alec Guinness plays someone who is 8th(?) in line to the throne and decides rather aggressively to improve his position.

He plays about half the roles in the movie.
Nov. 21st, 2014 09:36 am (UTC)
Those stories are quite creative! I usually need more - okay, a lot more - words to tell a story.
Just inquiring curiously - do you have any intentions to continue the interviews?
Nov. 21st, 2014 07:08 pm (UTC)
I normally do, too; I'd love to write short stories, but whenever I try they always end up getting longer and more complicated ... so this was a fun exercise.

Ack, yes. :( I feel horrible about leaving so many interviews half-completed or not begun at all. It was entirely my intention to resume them once I was feeling better, but I just haven't had the time - or, to be totally honest, the mental capacity - to ask the questions. It was surprisingly time-consuming. My current plan is to start over again from the beginning, just as soon as my work/mule/home schedule calms down.
Nov. 21st, 2014 10:01 am (UTC)
1 and 13 make me want to force you to sit down and write the whole damn story. Possibly mixing them together!
You know, it's funny. I was just thinking this morning on my walk about something silly I used to do when I was a teen. I'd cut out pic's from old magazines etc and write little short stories for them, normally no more than 3-4 lines. I loved doing that...
Nov. 21st, 2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
Ha! Thank'ee.

That is a FANTASTIC idea for story writing! You should totally do that again! Can I snag the idea for future use?
Nov. 21st, 2014 02:09 pm (UTC)
This is a brilliant idea. Love the stories.
Nov. 21st, 2014 07:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
Nov. 21st, 2014 06:38 pm (UTC)
What a great idea. I love these. LOVE.
Nov. 21st, 2014 07:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks! They were fun. :)
Nov. 22nd, 2014 08:18 am (UTC)
I love these, you managed to convey so much in such a tiny space!

Nov. 22nd, 2014 11:52 pm (UTC)
These stories are so great and surprisingly to the point considering you would think you wouldn't be able to be too descriptive with only thirteen word but you manage it wonderfully! <3
Dec. 3rd, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
Saw you removed me. Just wondering why.
Dec. 4th, 2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
Hiya. Sorry, I was just cleaning up my friends list; I removed quite a few people who either didn't post anymore or with whom I'd had no contact for a long time. As you've probably noticed I haven't commented on your LJ posts for a while, and you haven't been commenting on mine; which is fine, I just feel like there's little point in staying on each other's flists if we're not communicating and/or reading. :) I hope there's no hard feelings and I wish you the best.
Dec. 5th, 2014 12:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah that's what I do. Since you hadn't been commenting I hadn't either. But I'm definitely very active. Thanks for letting me know.
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