Sarah Ann Hall

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

#Trifecta: Week 82 – Literary Differences

with 14 comments

This week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge has the prompt:


3a : an association of persons for some common object usually jointly supported and meeting periodically; also : a group identified by some common characteristic <nations in the nuclear club>  

b : the meeting place of a club <lunch at the club>  

c : an association of persons participating in a plan by which they agree to make regular payments or purchases in order to secure some advantage  

d : nightclub  

e : an athletic association or team


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.



Literary Differences (209 words)

Hello Gemma. It’s Avril here. Sorry to have to leave a message on your machine, but it’s so hard to get hold of you. George and I have both phoned a number of times. This would be so much easier if we could speak to you. Oh well, it seems that’s not to be.

The reason we’ve been trying to get in contact is to say we’ve had to change next month’s book club meeting. And all future ones come to that.  I know lunchtimes aren’t easy for you because of work, but poor old Daisy is worn out after our evening dos. She is 85 now, you know. You do understand, don’t you. We live in a democracy and, well, we took a vote at last month’s meeting. It was so unfortunate about that last minute thing that came up at work. Not that your vote would have made much difference if you had been there.

We’re so sorry to be leaving, I mean losing you, but we have to consider what suits most of us best.

Hope to see you around the village soon.


Silly me, I almost forgot. Of course, we all send our thanks to you for setting up our little group.

Bye now.



Written by Sarah Ann

June 20, 2013 at 4:37 pm

14 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. How mean! Avril sounds like a right busybody! Kate (Trifecta Guest Judge)


    June 20, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    • 🙂 Yes, I think Avril is the village busybody – self-appointed of course.

      Sarah Ann

      June 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm

  2. Stabbed in the back. Love the line – but your vote wouldn’t have made much of a difference. Gemma is better off, of course, starting a new group. Well done. The dialog is all too real!


    June 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    • Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. Not sure Gemma wants to rush to start any more clubs.

      Sarah Ann

      June 21, 2013 at 8:16 pm

  3. Well done. Sad and poignant and I’m afraid, all too real.


    June 20, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    • Oh dear, I hope it’s not too real. I promise I did imagine this scenario.

      Sarah Ann

      June 21, 2013 at 8:18 pm

  4. Ohhhhh that last line, Ouch!
    Love that it’s a phone message. Are you a Three-Minute Fiction fan?


    June 20, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    • Thanks Kymm. Ouch is good. Wasn’t aware of Three-Minute Fiction but I’ve looked it up and will have a listen to some of the stories. Thanks for the heads-up.

      Sarah Ann

      June 21, 2013 at 8:23 pm

  5. Definitely sounds like a rebellion there. This is very cleverly written. It tells the story so well. I liked it a lot.


    June 21, 2013 at 12:35 am

  6. That little slip of the tongue says it all. What a jerk 😛


    June 21, 2013 at 2:43 am

    • 🙂 I take it Avril’s delightful character shone through then.

      Sarah Ann

      June 21, 2013 at 8:36 pm

  7. that’s plain bad.. and in a little village too, sounds like the setting for a Midsommer Murder… 🙂

    • I think so many of the villagers would want to be rid of Avril that it wouldn’t be fair to investigate her murder. 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      June 21, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: