Several years ago, a writing friend and I emailed each other these short stories of only five sentences. I think one of us read about some famous author using them as a way to get the writing juices flowing. They were a challenge and we saw it as a way to hone or fledgling skills. In the end the exercise wasn’t pointless as I’ve expanded two of them into full length short stories.
Recently, I was going through some paperwork and I discovered a couple pages where I had printed out my five sentence stories. Some of them are … rather stupid, but a few are pretty good. I’ve decided to share four of those with you, after a bit of revising of course. My writing has gotten better over the past decade. Only the last two stories have titles.
It’s uncanny how at the most inconvenient times – for me at least – my neighbor will start having sex. Last week I was talking to my parents and his girl of the week started screaming unintelligible words.
“What is that?”
“Nothing mom.” It would probably be really annoying if he could last more than a couple of minutes.
While walking home one day, I saw a guy waiting at a bus stop look in my general direction and mutter something. I thought I heard him ask what the time was. I looked at my phone, but before telling him that it was 4:37, I asked, “Excuse me?”
“Oh, nothing,” he said.
A few seconds after I had passed him I realized how odd it would be if you were minding your own business and some stranger walked up to you, told you the time, and then continued on their way thinking they had done you a favor.
Nick sat on the couch with the TV remote in his hand. Click, click, click. The talk show channel, the game show channel, the unbelievably bad movie channel all flicked across the screen. Click, click, click. The sound of his life passing by.
“Captain Belch verses Sir Sudorific, Part III”
When last we saw brave Captain Belch, he had just discovered that the villainous Sir Sudorific had captured the lovely Polly Precious and tied her to a keg of gunpowder.
“You’re too late Captain Belch; all I have to do is drop this torch and your Polly Precious will be gone forever.”
“Bleeeeeeeaaaaaaacch,” replied the Captain. Not only did the noxious fumes of his belch render Sir Sudorific unconscious, it also blew out the torch, thus saving Polly.
“My hero,” she said, as Captain Belch untied her and took her in his arms.