The 19th of April 1845 – Albany, New York

(found, briefly)

Margot,

Thank you for your marvelous letter. What a challenge! What a marvelous collection you sent me. I relished reading every last one of them.

Here’s one of mine. Fifty words exactly! Go ahead, Margot, count it. I was inspired by – well, I won’t say. I don’t want to give anything away.

 

A crowd, drunk, circled around the fire, singing and dancing with the crackling flames. One man, somber, stood apart, eyes flicking nervously through the makeshift camp. He heard rustling in the forest around him. There was a shout and a scream. Bodies flooded out of the trees. They had come.

 

What a challenge! You’ll have more from me soon. I promise.

Theodore

 

Check out all the other great Fifty Word Stories here:

 

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  201. Cosmic Orange Balls | Sangatak
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  263. A Love Story | Between Madness & Euphoria
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  268. The Everlasting Image | Abstractions of Life
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29 comments

  1. Spooky! The challenge for me in reading these short pieces is that the writers create such tantalizing tidbits – I’m drawn in and want to know what happens after the moment captured.

    Good job!

    1. Thanks!

      That’s the challenge in writing them too, trying to figure out which details can be left out or which should be left out in order to create a more sensational story.

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