#107: Liar, Liar
Oscar Wilde was right when he wrote that ‘The truth is rarely pure and never simple.’ The truth can be complicated, messy, liberating — and subjective! Which doesn't make it easy to draw a clean line between fact and fiction.
We’ve all been affected by someone telling a lie, and no doubt all told some ourselves — whether that’s swearing to our teacher that the dog ate our homework, or attempting to cover up for something much bigger. This week’s prompts encourage you to think about the ripple effects that telling the truth or a lie can have, and the gray area between the two.
This week's prompts
Write a story about a white lie which spirals out of control.
Angst – 27 stories
Write about a character pretending to be someone they’re not.
Angst – 45 stories
Write about a game of ‘truth or dare’ that goes horribly wrong.
Fluff – 22 stories
“You and me” by A. A. Yepiz
You said that you love me. That was a lie.You said that you cared about me. That was a lie.You said that you knew me. That was a lie. I sit on the cool earth, touching soft soil with my hands, planting things that will grow in love. Thinking about you. And what your love is. And how it’s not truly love. And maybe you can’t discern love from anger. I am growing sage. I am replanting i...
“A Dare from Susie McAlister” by Amanda Fox
The officer shoves me into the back seat of the police car while I’m still screaming and my pants are wet and my hands are cuffed and oh god Susie is going to tell everyone what happened and my parents are going to be so mad and - FREEZE FRAME I bet you’re wondering how I ended up in this situation. It all started with an innocent Truth or Dare game just a few hours ago. Let’s rewind.
“Lies of the Rational Mind” by C.B. Tannon
It’s all in your mind, Pete. Pete put one foot through the half open door of his bedroom and slipped out into a hallway in total darkness. He looked down and wiggled his fingers and all he saw were murky phantom blurs. He waited a moment for his eyes to adjust as best they could, resisting the urge to fumble for the light switch on the wall somewhere to his left. It was a kind of test he put himself through sometimes. To prove what, he wasn’t sure. That he was a rational man, unafraid of the dark? That he didn’t...
“Morning Coffee” by Nicky Martin
When I woke up that morning, I already wanted to die. I knew I needed to do something for myself. I had to wait at the train platform, hot and crowded, a steer amongst the crowd waiting for my turn on the conveyer belt. I could have jumped in front of the subway. Maybe I should have. When crammed into the train car, my face smashed against another man's elbow, I decided I needed something. Something just for me. <...
“I am Perfect” by Eve Y
Aria was perfect, at least that’s what her mother said. She didn’t feel perfect though. In fact most of the time she probably felt the opposite of that. However, her mother said she was, and her mother was always right. At some point or another, Aria simply submitted to the fact that it was true. She was perfect and that was final. ***Aria finished up the last touches of her makeup in front of her irregularly large bathroom mirror that her mother had especially installed for her.
“Grama and the Wolf” by Lins E
Grama peered out between the closet doors, slightly ajar. She did her best to keep her breathing quiet and even despite the giggles that bubbled up in her every time she glimpsed the Wolf through the narrow opening. He'd pulled the flowered quilt up over his snout and was still wearing her lacy bonnet. He kept his head low, only peering out the tiniest bit.He looked ridiculous and sounded silly too, as he tried to keep Grama's youngest grandchild from coming any close...
“House of Lies” by Jude S. Walko
Jeremy didn’t know the first thing about real estate, other than what he might have learned on those fixer-upper flip shows. He actually hated those shows. They were always the same. Some overly attractive couple, with a more than modest income, relocating or looking for their first home, in which to start their 2.5 kid-rearing family. They weren’t real, anyone could tell that. People didn’t look like that, nor talk like...
“The call” by Caree Holliday
“Let’s play a game” Shane says breaking the silence that has been hanging over the room. We have decided to hang out at Seth’s place. Since school has started we barely get to see each other; and our friends group is pretty split. “Sounds boring” Seth says not looking away from his phone, he is laying in the chair his head at one end and his feet hanging off the other. “Oh come on Seth, it’ll be fun” I tell him hoping t...
“Pathologic Truth” by Bruce Friedman
“It’s time to start this glorious day.” Dr. Bertram Collins pushed open the front door of the pathology department with a small grunt. It was half past seven in the morning. He paused for a moment to assess his mood and realized he was a bit off-kilter. More anxious than usual perhaps. He probably just needed to get into his routine in order to grab happier thoughts. Many of his colleagues and friends would probably say that off-kilter was his natural state these days. However, they weren’t available for comment at that moment in...
“Truth or Dare?” by Jeannie Labelle -Potvin
As We Speak the Truth.“Raise your right hand and repeat after me.”“I, Wilfred McNab do solemnly affirm that the evidence to be given by me shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” Wilfred looked nervously around the courtroom. He’d been in jail several times in his life and the prospect of returning was not one he relished.His big dilemma about taking the required oath was whether to tell the truth, or slightly bend the e...
“Walter” by Francis Daisy
“He pissed in his cup!” Emma says to me as she is tying off the kayak on the trailer. “I just got that line! It’s not Piston Cup! When Mater and Lightning McQueen discover all of Doc Hudson’s championship trophies, Mater says that Doc did “What in his cup?”"Pass me that rope. We need to tie the kayaks to the rack. Not to each other like we did the last time...when they fell off on our first turn," I am on the other side of the trailer tying knots. Already the sun is high in the sky and my shirt is soaked with ...
“The Happiest Place On Earth ” by Amber Autumn
“Sam! Did you pack the cooler already?” I yell. No response. Our little apartment sits quietly on this August evening, and our two cats, Beans and Rasha, stand like statues in the kitchen. I hear our clock tick, one second. Two seconds. I can’t stand the silence. It’s almost three in the afternoon, we should have left an hour ago. What the hell is Sam doing? I decide to go see for myself. I climb the ...
“ Truth be Told” by John K Adams
Eleventh grade and Margot had been a newbie six times. Sheesh! Margot never expected to get used to being the ‘new kid.’ Once high school lay in the rear view mirror, she could get on with her life. Her immediate task was breaking into a group, so she wouldn’t spend the next two years alone. Margot knew too well, gaining social traction after school started, sucks, big-time. By week two, the cliques have gelled. B...
“Uncle Ken's Visit” by George Georgerfrost@gmail.com
He came to visit me when I was living in Gilbert, Arizona. We had been in our house for almost six years with my son and daughter. Attending Arizona State, I had gotten my teaching certificate and was working as a substitute teacher in three local school districts. Earlier that year, he sent me a letter to say he was going to pay us a visit. According to his letter, he would be coming in August. He had set t...
“Janine” by Alejandra Mora
Janine examined her reflection in the full-length mirror. Nordstrom's was having a holiday sale, so this was the perfect time to buy a dress for the funeral, that is if she was still going. Her friend Ava crunched loudly on cheese crackers as she sat on the bench in the changing room. She nodded her approval. “That’s it right there! That outfit is killer.” It was a poor choice of words and Ava realized it as soon as she said them. “Oops, my bad. It is an ‘exquisite ensemble.’ ” Ava laughed loudly at her own joke, that mimicked Janine’s mo...
Ended on 23:59 - Aug 20, 2021 EST
Won by K. Antonio 🏆
Title: The Intrusive Demon
Submissions must be between 1,000 - 3,000 words and will be approved and published on Reedsy Prompts within 7 days of the contest closing.
Read the full terms & conditions or check out the FAQ if you have any questions!