Very Short Story: Guillotine

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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 Sept. 4, the prompt word is “nudiustertian.”

Here is my entry:

On that #nudiustertian night, they sat in the same bed; the word “over” a guillotine specter in the air his eyes couldn’t avoid. Since, he walked with sunken shoulders, headless. People chided him for not wearing a pork pike hat to cover his shame. He ducked their glares. #vss365

(Full disclosure, I’d never heard of this word until I woke up this morning. When I first saw it, I thought it was going to mean something to do with being a nudist. Ha.)

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