Sarah Ann Hall

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

#Trifecta: Week 94 – Mask – Betrayal

with 14 comments

This week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge asked for 33-333 words on ‘mask’. I wasn’t getting anywhere fast until I found the work of Farzana Hossen published in The Sunday Times Magazine (8th September).


The prompt:

3a : a protective covering for the face

: gas mask

: a device covering the mouth and nose to facilitate inhalation

: a comparable device to prevent exhalation of infective material

: a cosmetic preparation for the skin of the face that produces a tightening effect as it dries


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.



Betrayal (33-words)

Mona’s sultry eyes determined she would make a desirable wife, until she spurned her cousin’s advances. A mask now covers her acid-etched face, but nothing can disguise the white stick she follows.




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Written by Sarah Ann

September 12, 2013 at 2:50 pm

14 Responses

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  1. wow, all packed neatly in 33 words!


    September 12, 2013 at 3:11 pm

  2. Utter tragedy.

    Ye Pirate

    September 12, 2013 at 3:25 pm

  3. quite a shock in this and all packed into 33 words. Excellent


    September 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm

  4. Oh gosh.. these incidents happen. You’ve conveyed it well.. all the more tragic for those ‘sultry’ eyes.


    September 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm

  5. Oh no!I detest people who can’t take no for an answer!I This struck a raw chord Sarah-in India,these kind of cases of men spurned and subsequent acid attacks are becoming so common that it is frightening-times are really getting scary(shudder)!A chilling piece 🙂


    September 12, 2013 at 10:05 pm

  6. From sultry eyes to white stick. A short, irrevocable trip. *shiver*


    September 12, 2013 at 10:05 pm

  7. Very chilling tale. So much in so little – nice work.

    H.L. Pauff (@HLPauff)

    September 13, 2013 at 12:36 am

  8. Excellent S – yes we had a young beautiful woman over here that was set on fire….more than tragic would have to cover… you have captured it well. x


    September 13, 2013 at 1:06 am

  9. Wow. Wow. *Shakes head*. Hits you with a thump, brings you back to Earth. Immediately sobering. Wow.

    Scriptor Obscura

    September 13, 2013 at 1:07 am

  10. Wow. That’s a punch to the gut.


    September 13, 2013 at 2:56 am

  11. And they talk about what a scorned woman would do. Thanks for linking up!

    Trifecta (@trifectawriting)

    September 13, 2013 at 6:35 am

  12. Wow, this was a lot of story packed into thirty-three words. Nicely done!


    September 13, 2013 at 8:46 am

  13. Whoa. What you said in just 33 words was impressive. What you showed me in the links was agony, but sometimes you have to disturb people to wake them up to what’s happening in the world. The pictures of the acid attacks were hard to take. I hadn’t heard of this. Now, I know.

    This was one of the best of the Trifecta’s I read today.

    SBhealy (@SBhealy)

    September 13, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    • Thanks for your great comment. Sorry I was the one to show you.

      Sarah Ann

      September 18, 2013 at 9:09 pm

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