Very Short Story: Return to Sender

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Sandbags. Creative commons photo.

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. 17, the prompt word is “group.”

Here is my entry:

George woke up with sandbags attached to his brain. Today’s #group was in an hour, and he was still in bed, only the glow of his phone seemed to be functioning. He was expected to talk — to share, but his grief would remain an unopened envelope marked, “Return to Sender.” #vss365

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