Sarah Ann Hall

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

#Trifextra: 103 – Afterthought

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This week’s Trifextra challenge had me stumped for a long while. Given the end, we had to come up with 33-words at the beginning of a story.


“We want 33 words in addition to and preceding the following:


That wasn’t what I meant.


So, to clarify, you write 33 words and then you tag on the five that we’ve given you.  Our five come after your 33 for a grand total of 38.”


Why did you do it?

I don’t understand.

We were always honest with each other.

Was it to punish me?

I know I screamed, ‘I wish you were dead,’ but surely you knew that wasn’t what I meant.


Written by Sarah Ann

February 26, 2014 at 8:40 pm

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  1. […] reading Sarah Ann Hall’s response to the Trifextra: Week 103 writing challenge, I decided to give it whirl. The challenge is […]

  2. and how we say this in anger…oops 🙂


    February 27, 2014 at 2:37 am

    • Exactly. Words thrown in anger can have horrendous consequences if flung at the wrong person.

      Sarah Ann

      March 3, 2014 at 11:34 am

  3. Definitely the very worst kind of afterthought. Nicely done, Sarah Ann!


    February 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    • Thanks. I’m glad it works. But not a good afterthought to have to have at all.

      Sarah Ann

      March 3, 2014 at 11:35 am

  4. Oh, yikes, how sad. Very, very well written – I loved it.


    February 27, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    • Thank you. I did agonise over this – how to portray what had happened without it sounding farcical or trite – so your comment is very reassuring. 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      March 3, 2014 at 11:42 am

  5. Well written with good dialogue. Hurtful things are often said in anger.


    March 3, 2014 at 3:04 am

    • Thank you. We don’t think enough about the effects our words might have.

      Sarah Ann

      March 3, 2014 at 11:40 am

  6. Oh, the guilt.


    March 3, 2014 at 3:05 am

  7. Not a good thing to say at any time. Too bad there’s no delete key for our spoken words…


    March 4, 2014 at 5:03 pm

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