Sarah Ann Hall

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

#Trifecta: Week 76 – Sidmouth, 1820

with 11 comments

My response to this week’s Trifecta challenge is short and sweet, but was fun to write.


The prompt:

BLOOD (noun)

1 a (1) : the fluid that circulates in the heart, arteries, capillaries, and veins of a vertebrate animal carrying nourishment and oxygen to and bringing away waste products from all parts of the body (2) : a comparable fluid of an invertebrate

b : a fluid resembling blood

2: the shedding of blood; also : the taking of life

3 a : lifeblood; broadly : life

b : human stock or lineage; especially : royal lineage <a prince of the blood>

c : relationship by descent from a common ancestor : kinship

d : persons related through common descent : kindred

e (1) : honorable or high birth or descent (2) : descent from parents of recognized breed or pedigree


The rules:

  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
  • Only one entry per writer.



Sidmouth, 1820 (33 words)

‘She’s broken-heated, Seth.’

‘I’m sorry for it.’

‘She loves him.’

‘It matters not. I’ll not allow our smugglers’ blood to be corrupted. No daughter of mine will ever marry a customs man.’


Click here for more on historical smugglers.


Written by Sarah Ann

May 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm

11 Responses

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  1. Having watched a lot of Australian border security shows about airport customs officers mainly confiscating a lot of food from passengers, I imagined this a lot differently, made it a lot more humorous for me. That’s before I read the title. Missed it the first time. I like this. This is really nice. Reader extrapolates a lot more story than is written here.

    • I’ve watched those programmes too, and you’re right, in that context it would make for a much funnier story. I tried to inject a bit of period feel with the ‘It matters not’ instead of ‘It doesn’t matter,’ but I’m happy wherever the story takes you. Thanks for reading!

      Sarah Ann

      May 9, 2013 at 7:07 pm

  2. heh, this is a little bit funny even if it has the sad Romeo and Juliet vibe. Great piece in a little bite (:


    May 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    • Thanks Draug. I enjoy trying to stick to only 33-words – it must be the control freak in me. I’m glad you liked it.

      Sarah Ann

      May 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm

  3. Perhaps they can smuggle away together. I hope for a happy ending.

    Thanks for linking up!


    May 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    • We can but hope. Seth is a very determined father, so the lovers will have to elope if they want to be together.

      Sarah Ann

      May 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm

  4. Great take… sounds like a classic Romeo and Juliett with a twist.

  5. Short, but packs a punch. Nicely done.


    May 9, 2013 at 10:36 pm

  6. So random the circumstances into which we are born. Customs man, smuggler. Italian, Jew. Terrific 33!


    May 9, 2013 at 11:01 pm

  7. Ha! Love this! Forbidden love comes in all shapes and sizes. Great take on the prompt!


    May 9, 2013 at 11:54 pm

  8. Ah, the problem with forbidden love is that it makes it all the more attractive (think Garden of Eden :)) I’d be curious to see how this turns out!


    May 10, 2013 at 4:56 am

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