Sarah Ann Hall

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

#Trifecta: Week 93 – Grace – The Thieves’ Dance

with 17 comments

This week Trifecta gave us the prompt:


GRACE (noun)

1a : unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification

: a virtue coming from God

: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace

2a : approval, favor <stayed in his good graces>
archaic : mercy, pardon

: a special favor : privilege <each in his place, by right, notgrace, shall rule his heritage — Rudyard Kipling>

: disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency

: a temporary exemption : reprieve

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.



The Thieves’ Dance (33 words)

Once the jittery dance is over, heads remain high, eyes out front. All is still, until a breeze catches a lock of hair. The wind increases, bodies swing, and limbs twist with grace.




Written by Sarah Ann

September 5, 2013 at 11:22 am

17 Responses

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  1. Oh my am I reading this wrong is this about hanging… For the movement prompt? 🙂


    September 5, 2013 at 11:27 am

    • No, you got it right. They’re swinging gently, and gracefully with ease of movement, in the breeze, 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      September 5, 2013 at 11:31 am

  2. That is probably the most beautiful description of a hanging I’ve ever read haha


    September 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm

  3. I had to read it twice, but then I got it. Grim but excellent work. Thank you for linking up. Please remember to return for the voting!


    September 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm

  4. That is some real out of box thinking. Wonderful writing.

    Hats off 🙂


    September 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    • Thank you. Somehow grace meant dance to me, and ballet was too obvious.

      Sarah Ann

      September 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      • You are not wrong. Dance is the most graceful human activity. 🙂


        September 10, 2013 at 5:30 am

  5. Kind of black humour Sarah?Lol!So refreshing:-you know how i love dark themes 😛 Glad to be back to read this stuff 🙂


    September 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    • And it’s great to have you back commenting, and to read too. 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      September 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      • :-)Thrilled to b e back and touched that I am not forgotten by so many of you at Trifecta xx


        September 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm

  6. Even given the subject matter, this is very pretty. Well done! 🙂


    September 6, 2013 at 3:38 am

  7. I would have never thought a hanging would depict grace, but you describe it so beautifully, I can see it.


    September 6, 2013 at 6:11 am

    • Thanks for the great comment. No, I don’t usually imaging a hanging to be very graceful, but I’m glad this worked.

      Sarah Ann

      September 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm

  8. Twisting with grace in the wind. Yikes.


    September 6, 2013 at 11:30 am

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