Five Sentence Fiction – Oh, the horror

Courtesy of Joe’s Musings, I have found another flash fiction prompt, hosted by Lillie McFerrin. She has devised Five Sentence Fiction, a weekly prompt where there is no word limit, just a limit on the number of sentences. Plus, although she provides a word prompt, it is just for direction only – you don’t have to include the word itself in your contribution.

(Note to self: Remember that when you know that don’t have to include a particular word in your creation, be prepared for the onslaught of sentences popping up in your head where the word itself (like an irritating child) just absolutely has to be included. It’s like being told not to think of a blue elephant….!).

This week’s word is ‘learning’.Β  Here’s my offering – let me know what you think. Take part, why not?! And do go and have a look at the other wonderful submissions – just click on the blue froggy in Lillie’s post to see what our collective creativity can produce!


– Oh, the horror –

Rowena has reached that age – you know the one.

For her, life is now too full of obligations, responsibilities and deadlines.

From this day forward the days yawn ahead, dull, grey and flat.

She has come to a terrible understanding.

Today is her sixteenth birthday.


Lillie McFerrin Writes

12 thoughts on “Five Sentence Fiction – Oh, the horror

  1. Well done Freya. I have doing this challenge for a few weeks it is a lot of fun and reading other stories makes you realise how long some sentences can be. I like your concise use of language where it is obvious we all feel sorry for the child now reaching sixteen. Excellent piece.

    1. ‘how long some sentences can be…’
      Oh that made me laugh. In my ‘paying the bills’ occupation (before I become a paid author!), I work in a legal capacity, in finance, so I know only too well how long some sentences can be!!! πŸ™‚
      I suppose that explains why I enjoy creating flash fiction in a more brief manner…!
      Thank you for the compliment – I look forward to reading others’ submissions later!

    1. Thank you, Gabriella. Out and about at the weekend, I also noticed how teenagers don’t seem to have any bones in their bodies these days. They seem to lollop along – at a very slow pace indeed!

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