Very Short Story: Sad Song

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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. 24, the prompt word is “barmecide.”

Here is my entry:

For a time, I was your #barmecide ornament on the tree, like the ones that play music when you press the button. You showed others my song. But after a while, you grew tired of it, and knew the button was connected to a hollow inside. I was left hanging with the others. #vss365

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