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Today is Tuesday Scribes

Today is Tuesday Scribes over at Mike Jackson’s Stories in Your Pocket. This is a six-sentence story challenge. I enjoy reading his work, and hope, in some small way, I learn a thing or two about writing tight and succinct sentences and stories. For today’s challenge, the writing prompt is a clock face and one of the six sentences must be a question.

I’m a novice with short, short fiction, but here is my attempt at his six sentence challenge:

Why Today?

by T. S. Mart

The clock ticked off the remaining fourteen minutes until life as I knew it forever changed. Dark clouds hovered over the desert. Why today?

More than a hundred days had passed without rain. Reassuring myself how fleeting the storms could be, I glanced heavenward and whispered a thank you for the water that had carved the great canyons and nourished the earth.

A blessing, not a curse, so I stepped outside, and prepared to walk down the aisle as the first drops slapped my face.

<Bowing left, right and center, then laughing sheepishly as I shuffle off the stage. Next…>

Have a wonderful day. This has been a fun start to mine.


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5 thoughts on “Today is Tuesday Scribes”

    1. For better or worse. I was also quite impressed by the storms that cropped up every night while were out west. They didn’t last long, but they were intense.


      1. I think weather is one of the most fascinating things. (I almost went to school for it!) Here in Florida, we joke that you can set your clock by our 2pm rain. It’s not a storm but it can be quite a downpour, out of nowhere and then gone within 15 minutes. 😀


  1. I enjoyed your story and loved the phrae ‘as the first dropped slapped my face’. Why does rain do that to you?
    Hope to see you over at Tuesday Scribes again inthe future.


    1. In this particular instance, I wanted to show the conflicting feelings of this character on her wedding day–her doubts, her ability to overcome them, and then her human doubts creeping back in with a “slap” on the face. (More literally, the drops out west in the desert are big, fat and very wet). I had fun with Tuesday Scribes. Thank you for offering it.


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