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Micro Fiction – Two-Sentence Stories

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Laura Randazzo

on 19 October 2016

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Transcript of Micro Fiction – Two-Sentence Stories

FICTION
Micro
Three friends filtered out of the subway, all dressed much too thinly for the bitter February air. They fell for one guy that night; he fell for one girl.
A few weeks ago, the happiest man with the biggest smile I’ve ever seen came into my shop and bought a cartful of baby clothes and toys. Today, the same man, grief carved into his face, returned everything.
Scanning through my phone’s photo library, I found a picture of me asleep in my bed.
I live alone.
I tuck my son in for the night and he says, “Daddy, check for monsters under my bed.”
For his amusement, I crouch down low and see him – another him – under the bed, staring back at me, shaking, as he whispers, “Daddy, there’s somebody on my bed.”
As my exhausted wife bears down to complete the final push, I envelop her in a hug. I want to offer comfort and ease her pain, but my primary reason is to block her view, making her unable to see the look of horror on the nurse’s face as our baby’s first tentacle emerges.
Early in the morning, coffee cup in my hand, I watch the sun rise from my porch. As I take in the spectacle of colors, I suddenly realize that I’m looking to the west, not the east.
Katrina waited for Bill for 10 years.
He finally noticed.
I said that you should go to New York because it’s what you want to do. What I really meant, though, is that I love you more than I love having you.
Tell a story
with just
two sentences.
A technique used as a warm-up by some professional writers
Fun for us because the stories are
super-short to write and read
Let's look at samples from a variety of genres...
Ready to try some of your own?
Let's go!
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