Very Short Story: Sirens

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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. 9, the prompt word is “pauciloquent.”

Here is my entry:

Leah was thought #pauciloquent by her friends and family, but she used her burn marks to speak, hoping someone would understand the language. She wore tank tops to show them, like little blinking sirens, only their eyes weren’t attuned. Only he knew, as the firestarter. #vss365

(Fun fact: I envisioned this one as a bit of a follow-up/sequel to this one.)

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