Writing 101 Day 5: Think on your sins (My best of April 15)

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.

None of us will ever know the whole story in other words. We can only collect a bag full of shards that each seem perfect.

— From 100 Word Story‘s About page

Brevity is the goal of this task, although “brief” can mean five words or five-hundred words. You might write a fifty-word story, as writer Vincent Mars publishes on his blog, Boy in the Hat. Or you might tell your tale in precisely one-hundred words, like the folks at 100 Word Story — an approach that forces you to question every word.

I found it on the steps to my apartments. A crumpled. ripped envelope with “5” on the outside and a photo falling out from inside. 5. My next door neighbor whom I had never met. Sellotape ripped where the rain had torn it from the foyer door frame. I opened it and my heart froze.

That coppery meaty smell. Written in blood. I opened it and looked at the photo.

A little girl, red faced from crying. Holding a newspaper, I squinted. Yesterday’s Daily Mail. I turned the photo over.

“Think on your sins”
Somebody should do something. Somebody will.

(100 words – mimes dropping mic)

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