Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not; practising flash fiction.

Trifextra: Week 58 – The Aftermath

with 22 comments

I tried not to be too obvious with this weekend’s Trifextra Challenge.

 “This weekend, we’re really stretching. As you can see, the third element in the periodic table of elements is Lithium.


The word lithium comes from the Greek word lithos, which means stone  (  This weekend, we want you to give us a thirty-three response using the word stone as one of your thirty-three words.  You can use any definition of the word that you’d like, but we are specifically looking for serious, well-conceived entries.  This isn’t the weekend for light-hearted posts about the difficulty of posting before the linkz close, and we are not looking for hilarious commentary about your cats (THIS time).  We want something serious and deep from you guys this weekend, because the sun is starting to shine a bit more, and we think we can handle it now.  Take your time with it and give us your very best work.”


The Aftermath

Everything tasted of sand. Her fingertips felt only cold.

Calcification started the day he left: her soul hardening to stone as she built the wall around her; setting her feet first in concrete.

Written by Sarah Ann

March 10, 2013 at 12:09 pm

22 Responses

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  1. Loved calcification started the day he left, gaining strength within herself, structured as the concrete.


    March 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    • I hope she is gaining strength. When I wrote, I imagined she was building a wall to hide behind, to run away. Thanks for helping me to see it more positively.

      Sarah Ann

      March 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm

  2. This is really good.


    March 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm

  3. Calcification is a great word, nicely used here.


    March 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm

  4. This is a beautiful mix of so many emotions Sarah!Intense pain,a hopelessness,a sense of being bereft of love,loss of faith & a strong resoluteness ,trying to protect one’s heart from further damage, all woven together brilliantly!Loved the layers in this-an excellent piece:-)


    March 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    • Thank you for your fulsome and lovely comments. I’m glad you liked it and picked up on all the emotions. It’s so difficult to know if what I’m trying to write works, until I get a comment like yours. 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      March 11, 2013 at 5:41 pm

  5. This is so sad. Calcification is a great word to describe what she must be feeling.


    March 10, 2013 at 5:42 pm

  6. Turning to stone and calcification is a great word.

    • Thank you, Björn. I like calcification and the feel of it as you say it.

      Sarah Ann

      March 11, 2013 at 5:49 pm

  7. This is so beautifully written and so sad. I love your use of the word calcification – and the way you’ve incorporated elements of stone throughout your piece. Well done!


    March 10, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    • Thank, Suzanne. I’m glad all the different elements worked – looking up ‘stone’ in the dictionary helped.

      Sarah Ann

      March 11, 2013 at 5:48 pm

  8. I also love your use of ‘calcification’ – so perfect. (Makes me think of what the hard water does to our faucets…takes a good soaking in vinegar to eat away the ‘stone’.)


    March 10, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    • Yep, hardwater and limescale. My mum used to descale the kettle by boiling a water-vinegar solution – I can smell it now.

      Sarah Ann

      March 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm

  9. That’s sad, but beautifully told.


    March 10, 2013 at 10:20 pm

  10. Fantastic metaphor – loved it!


    March 11, 2013 at 5:20 am

  11. Know the feeling (also, calcification is real, just ask my shoulders).


    March 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    • Oh, I feel for you – calcium in all the wrong places. I had an aunt who used to have gold injections for her shoulders. Hope you’re able to avoid those. Thanks for reading.

      Sarah Ann

      March 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm

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