Very Short Stories: The Poe Trip

The Tell-Tale Heart by artist Odilon Redon (1840-1916) from 1883, a charcoal on brown paper rendering. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

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. 13, the prompt word is “field.”

Here is my entry:

The #field trip was when he first noticed her. She was two rows over during Poe’s, “The Tell-Tale Heart.” He tried to gauge her interest in the macabre — a silly endeavor from afar — but was afraid to linger from the stage. His heart beat through the planks of his chest. #vss365

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