Very Short Story: What Was

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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. 30, the prompt word is “finity.”

Here is my entry:

He clasped #finity in his hands, thinking he was salvaging what they had. If only he could get it to her in time, if she could see his effort — what he held — they could loop back to what was. But when he got there, she wouldn’t look at his hands, already seeing past him. #vss365

 

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