Very Short Story: Prisoner

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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. 14, the prompt word is “defenestrate.”

Here is my entry:

They decided to #defenestrate me back in middle school, before I even understood what they were. As I grew older, I learned to carve out ways to keep living as a prisoner within my own mind — drugs helped — but they were always going to collect when the time was right. #vss365

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