Very Short Stories: A Night of Belonging

If you’re not familiar, there’s a writing prompt on Twitter for the writing community with the hashtag vss365. The “vss” stands for “very short story,” and the number is self-explanatory. Each month, a new Twitter user is tasked with posting a new word each day to prompt people. With the 280 characters available in a Tweet, a user has to come up with a story of some sort incorporating the posted word-of-the-day, although because you need to include the hashtag, the story itself is typically 273 characters (if you try to be exact, at least).

It also doesn’t necessarily have to be a story. Some play around with the form and structure by doing poetry or a haiku or whatever else.

For Aug. 4, the prompt word is “epsilon.”

Todd joined the Sigma Alpha #Epsilon fraternity wanting to belong and be someone. The first night, his brothers kept funneling and funneling.

The next morning, he was found with bluish skin in his own vomit — the letter E on his new ΣAE shirt was obscured by the bile. #vss365

[Can I just note, these prompts are difficult? I don’t mind difficult, but some words are aesthetically difficult to get a flow for and incorporate into a sentence, in my opinion, particularly as someone who isn’t a math guy. That said, there’s obviously ways to interpret even something that has a noted math usage in a different way, like I did here.]

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