Begin your story with somebody getting (or taking) the blame for something they didn’t do.
Posted in High School on Oct 31, 2022
Submissions are closed
Sorry, we are not accepting submissions for this prompt as it is not part of an active contest. Make sure you don't miss our next contest by creating your free Reedsy Prompts account.
Or create a new Reedsy account:
Why not check out our active contest?
✍️ 42 stories
“A Father's Love Has Two Blades” by Graham Kinross
TW: Mentions of abuse and some swearing.“Detective Nunez had recently been promoted from the rank of officer. He has admitted to a string of assaults against registered paedophiles near his home. Several of the men were left unable to function psychologically. One committed suicide shortly after being attacked.” I read from my phone. “Why did he do it?” Billie asks, bouncing baby Tina on her lap. “Even if he isn’t convicted, his career is over....
“Memento Mori” by Sherri Moorer
Aylsia stared out of the window at the rings of Saturn glowing into the space station, mindlessly fumbling with the small, square device in her hands.What’s that? Braxton smiled impishly. “It’s a device driver that overrides station systems. I can control everything with it.” Her eyes glittered. “How?”“I can get these computers to do whatever I want. Hack into secure files, monitor communications, jam communications, override system commands, change the kitchen menus, add to suppl...
“Troubled kids and silent neighbours ” by Maria Alexandra
“It’s mine” The yelling and the thumping stop and he turns around and fixates me with a stupefied look, only just realizing that I was in that room too. “It’s mine, I mean it,” I say again, not sure if it was him who needed more persuasion, or me. “I didn’t mean to cause any trouble”.His jaw clenches, as if he’s disappointed that it was me who brought the pot, and not his son. His left temple is twitching and the look in his eye sends shivers down my back. It evinces violence and for the first time, I feel lucky to be a...
“Last Week” by Eva Bernal
I did it. I broke it. It was me. Jacob stepped forward, toes touching the lamp shards. He straightened his back, reaching quickly behind him to gently squeeze his sister’s arm. Janie was a waif of a thing, wide eyed and fearful she stood silently, obediently. David Marsh towered above his 10 year old son. Tonight he was blessedly sober but his eyes still carried an old menace.
“Rude, Crude and Lewd” by Trebor Mack
Rude, Crude and Lewd“MacLeod!”The old sergeant’s voice echoed along the passages of the cop shop as he jabbed his finger at me and continued. “How many times need I tell you? There is to be no farting in the office.”“Don’t shake your bloody head at me because I know it was you. Grab a radio and bugger off out on foot patrol. Don’t come back until you get the word from me. Have you got that?”“Yes, Sergeant.”I knew arguing with the grumpy ex-professional wrestler stood as...
“Arachnophobia Comes To Cleveland” by Murray Burns
Arachnophobia Comes to ClevelandThey promised Billy a pet when they dragged him away from his friends in Omaha.“You are going to love it in Cleveland. They’ve got the Browns, the Indians and a Great Lake. And we’ll have our own house. You’ll have your own room, and you can have that pet you’ve always wanted.”“What’s so great about the lake?”Moving is tough on an eight year old kid. The pet idea was just one of the many carrots Fred came ...
“Your Mouth is Cashin’ Checks Your Gun Hand Can’t Deliver” by Michael Jefferson
White Oaks, New Mexico 1887 Clancy Cooper spits a long stream of tobacco juice into a nearby spittoon, cocking his eye at a dark-skinned man at the end of the bar. The man in the black suit and wide-brimmed hat glares back at the scruffy farmer with greasy, shoulder-length hair. Clancy runs his finger across his bushy mustache, nodding knowingly at the man. “I tell you, T...
“Blame” by T.M. Kehoe
As soon as I clocked in, I knew I had to call the nurse. Over the weekend, I had noticed hard nodules, some quite large, under my patient’s skin on their derriere, to be French about it. They were not subcutaneous pressure ulcers; we all watch him like a hawk for those. No… these were the insidious kind, that build up under the skin without breaking the skin down to telegraph their malignancy: decubitus ulcers. I ...
“Do You Believe In Monsters?” by Douglas Goff
Do you believe in monsters? I do. I was having one of those truly deep and comfortable childhood sleeps, that as an adult you were never quite able to return to. “I told you to be quiet!” he screamed as he spanked my behind quite hard. I had been torn from my deep slumber into a confusing and painful reality. “Now go to sleep,” he growled. He had...
“In The Event” by MB Campbell
In the EventFirst, it was the phone in the study. They both ignored it. To answer it was to surrender or worse to agree. Then it was the siren and flashing lights coming from the alarm panel in the hallway. That continued for minutes until something had to be said. “What did you do?” Leona yelled from the kitchen.“I didn’t do anything,” Leonora replied, as she came down the stairs. “What did YOU do?”“You were here with that creep with the weird face.”<...
“The Innocent One” by Vince Vance
The Innocent One You ever get accused of doing something you didn’t do? Well, I have. And it ain’t too grand, Stan! The only thing worse is getting grounded for something you didn’t do. It hurts. Really! I know. You get this real bad feelin’ right in your gut like you ate too much candy before breakfast the mornin’ after Halloween. That feelin’ stay...
“Living in a Snow Globe” by Marty B
“Of course the gay kid was guilty.” The man said. “I mean it was his car right?”“He did not belong here.” A woman spoke, near him. Johnny could not tell where he was, a pale-yellow fog surrounding him. “I know his type. My Sara goes to high school with him. Did you know he was on the cheerleading team? And he wore dresses to school! Marco was just trouble. He got what he deserved.” “We can’t have that kind of thing around here, corrupting our town.” The man’s voice lowered. “I heard he was d...
“Farting at a Funeral and Other Life Lessons” by Richard Thompson
Ever since I can remember, my mother has blamed me for the death of my father. I honestly could not tell you why. I was just four months old when he fell down a manhole. I guess maybe she thought I crawled all the way from my crib in Queens to downtown Brooklyn in rush hour traffic and gave Pops the ol’ heave-ho while he was on the job. I suppose that is possible (I was an exceptionally good crawler for my age), although I can’t imagine that I had enough upper body strength to physically thrust my father to his tragic demise. My therapist...
“Blame” by Jessica Summerell
The lights and sirens got the attention of everyone within a 5 block radius, with the amount of cop cars there were, it was clear something bad had happened. There were dozens of people swarming, trying to see what was going on, but the cops were using their cars and their own bodies to block the crime scene. “Everyone please move back, we need some more space. Please move back.” Officer Shawn Miller sho...
“Irreproachable” by A.S. B.
The judge read off the list of charges for what seemed like minutes, matching each illegality with its corresponding penalty. She made a mental checklist for each complaint and her counterargument, for what little good it would do. She had already been convicted, there was little legal recourse for her now. Still, it seemed unfair, unjust that she should have to sit and take this; she was the victim, not him. The ...
🌟 Similar prompts
Write a story that includes the phrase “This is all my fault.”
Adults – 105 stories
Write a story about a corrupt politician trying to avoid blame at all costs.
Adults – 10 stories
Enter our weekly contest!
This week's theme: The Blame Game
Ended on 23:59 - Sep 30, 2022 EST
Won by Scott Christenson 🏆
Title: Liability in LingottoView details
Win $250 in our short story competition 🏆
We'll send you 5 prompts each week. Respond with your short story and you could win $250!
Tired of MS Word?
Join the revolution and write your book in a tool designed for authors. 🙌
Includes FREE typesetting to print-ready PDF & EPUB files, track changes and collaborative editing.