Third Time’s the Charm – Trifextra Week 73

In some respects, I’m a creature of habit, so I have a feeling that this is the second entry of many into Trifextra, one of the Trifecta writing challenges.

This weekend’s Trifextra challenge is to write exactly 33 words on the idiom ‘third time’s the charm’.  Here in the UK, we use the alternative ‘third time lucky’, but I’ll stick with the original. I hope you enjoy it, and all the other submissions!


He felt a thrill of schadenfreude as he stared at the printout in his hand. Years of work to confirm what he knew:


Science 1, Superstition 0.

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26 thoughts on “Third Time’s the Charm – Trifextra Week 73

  1. I wonder how hard/easy it is to stick to 33 words.
    The tone of schadenfreude is efficiently conveyed in the curt printout. Nicely done!

  2. I find it relatively easy – I start out by writing a longer piece, being shocked by how much longer than 33 words it is, and then cutting it back. It makes the writing tighter and better (IMHO!).

  3. I confess, I had to look up schadenfreude… and then I really got the story!

    My son-in-law is from Dublin and I have heard him say ‘third time lucky’.

  4. I was a bit relieved to see Ted’s confession that he had to look up “schadenfreude” – I did too 🙂 Knowing what it meant made the piece even funnier 🙂

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