Very Short Stories: King of the Dump

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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. 14, the prompt word is “complex.”

Here is my entry:

A plastic bag was all it took. Nothing #complex. Cal admired the plastic bag; it would get to live for centuries as king of the dump, and its polyethylene memory of him in the front seat, hands fastened down, and coming down over his receding hairline would be long lost. #vss365

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