Sarah Ann Hall

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

OLWG#68 – Late Night Phone Call

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My creative brain is taking a holiday as practical matters take over my waking hours. I have struggled with all writing challenges this week. Thank you to Thom at the New Unofficial On-line Writer’s Guild for another great set of prompts, and apologies for such a contrived drabble in response.


Late Night Phone Call


‘Hello Mr. Charles?’

‘Who’s that?’

‘Billy Summers.’


‘We think you know someone who can help us?’


‘Mom told us to call you.’


‘Mary Summers.’

‘Oh. Why?’

‘Claire left.’

‘Right. I understand. So what do you need?’

‘Mom needs more sugar.’

‘Sugar? Sorry kid, you’ve lost me again.’

‘Mom said to call you. She needs more icing sugar.’

‘Icing sugar?’

‘The stuff you can’t get in the shops. The stuff that gives her energy; helps her sleep. The stuff she wipes around her gums. She ain’t moving, Mr. Charles.’

‘You sit tight kid. I’ll make the call.’


This week’s prompts are:

  1. Mom needs more sugar
  2. we think you know someone
  3. Claire left


Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.

Have fun




Written by Sarah Ann

September 24, 2018 at 12:09 pm

9 Responses

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  1. See this is the kind of stuff I like. I was surprised by the direction you took this. Surprised, in a good way.
    Thanks for playing along. No apologies necessary.


    September 24, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    • I was surprised by the direction I went too. There was a lot of playing with the prompts, shifting them up and down, before something coherent emerged.

      Sarah Ann

      September 24, 2018 at 7:47 pm

  2. I hope it’s an ambulance he’s calling… nice one!


    September 24, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    • I hope it’s an ambulance too, but I’m not sure he is…

      Sarah Ann

      September 24, 2018 at 7:45 pm

  3. Sometimes, when we are pressed for time to think, we come up with something quite right. Fun!


    September 25, 2018 at 5:34 am

    • Thank you. I’m not sure this story is quite right – the whole set-up feels quite wrong!

      Sarah Ann

      September 25, 2018 at 7:58 pm

  4. Sorry, but Billy lost me too 🙂

    Eric Alagan

    October 1, 2018 at 2:50 pm

  5. I didn’t think this felt contrived at all. Actually, when I reached the end and saw the writing prompts I was surprised, and impressed, with how naturally they slotted into the story 🙂


    October 7, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    • Thank you for that vote of confidence. I find it fun, if hard work, to work in the prompts. It’s the first idea that I find hardest.

      Sarah Ann

      October 8, 2018 at 8:24 pm

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