Write about someone keeping track of time with tally marks on a wall — until one day they discover that all the marks are gone.
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“Tallying The Cell” by 𝛦ǀ𐌉𝓪 𝕽. 𝖩. 𝙎.
The chalk, white and crumbling, more fit to be called powder than a writing tool, squeaked as it moved along the blue tile. “Three-hundred-fifty,” Scallia paused, her brain going momentarily blank. “Five.” She stepped back and admired the work, a line. A simple, 1 and ½ inch, white line, standing out against the blue tile. Scallia hated the color. The calm, relaxed tint that wouldn’...
“Leroy and the Legend of Luckividious Lightningrod” by Anne Perry
Leroy grew up being so superstitious that he avoided black cats altogether, never walked under ladders, wouldn't consider opening an umbrella in the house or hanging a horseshoe upside down. He wouldn't think of uttering the word "Macbeth" or saying "good luck" to someone in the theatre. He often crossed his fingers, always stayed home on Friday the 13th, avoided elevators that went to the 13th floor, and threw salt over his left shoulder whenever he went into the kitchen. And if he found a pen...
“The Clockmaker's Daughter” by Daphne Pope
BONG. The clock awoke a small child curled up in the corner of a dark, damp, musty room. The girl stretched and yawned, then began to look about her. Finding the cause of her search, she retrieved a piece of chalk from the rotting floorboard next to her and turned to the wall. The wall was covered up and down with tally marks as far as the eye could see. On the far-left side, the girl had writ...
“No Room to Thrive” by Shannon McGill
Trigger Warning: stillbirthThe voice on the outside spoke to Mama like we weren’t even real.“The twins have no room to thrive. If you don’t go into labor over the weekend, we’ll look into taking them out in ten days.”“No room to thri-?” The voice interrupted Mama, dismissing the fear we could feel pulsating around the tiny space my twin brother and I shared. I didn’t like how it felt, much worse than the daily kicks I received from Teddy, who slept above me. He grew quite larger than I...
“Fresh Colours” by Shannen Wright
First there was the cold grey hard wall. Then there was the soft plush carpet. A dark black carpet that held the stains remarkably well. There was dust, naturally, but it only lingered in the corners where the wall met the skirting boards. A long grey line of dust, and fluff that marked a 3d outline of its scenery. The ceiling was white. On one wall was a hole about 10cm tall and ...
“Hourglass: Tempus fugit” by Amy Utami
I could not move my leg. It was petrified by millions of invisible ants crawling over thighs. I could not feel my toe. That little bigger finger than others has gone together with the footprint of the hand of time. I was conscious but astray. It was only dark I could see without the power to feel the pain, I was lost. Then the darkness beyond the darkness knocked me to emptiness. Dragged me to the story I no longer remember.***The fog muddy on my glasses. The dawn greeted me with its last hello. I waved my fin...
“Libéracion” by Urvasi Pauvaday
The rules were simple. His punishment would last for seven consecutive days. His only job was to keep track of these seven days after which he would be able to demand Libéracion. The man in the bloodstained shirt and ripped trousers did not understand why it was so important for him to keep track of time, but the rules were so simple that it would be foolish for him to ignore them. He entere...
“𝓛𝓪𝓭𝔂 𝓞𝓯 𝓛𝓲𝓰𝓱𝓽 ” by 💖♎ℂℍℝ𝕀𝕊𝕋𝕐 ℍ𝕆𝔽𝔽𝕄𝔸ℕℕ♎💖
It has been 10 days since I had been thrown down here and forgotten about. I know because I kept a tally with a mark for each day, five days at a time. I can see a sliver of light out of the far, upper corner when the sun is out, but I don't dare venture there. I can see his hand sticking out of the shadows. There's also an awful stench of decay. It is hotter than hell in here, plus I'm surprised I'm still sane. The noises I hear from above have me wanting to just give up. But I can't. That is not a possibility. The...
“A Corner Counted ” by M. M.
Leona Baxter scrunched herself into the corner of her cot, leaning into the cement wall, she scratched a tiny mark into the dirty prison cell surrounding her. Three months, two days and six hours, she got it to that far anyway - she lay back. Juve Hall was a prison for underage girls, but it was prison. Leona had pleaded guilty, pressured by her shitty lawyer Rob Parker, just graduated from law school and wanting brow...
“(Earth) Day” by Amalee Bowen
The thin white metal of the wall shrieked as I scoured another tally mark into the wall with a jagged shard of steel broken off from one of the exterior plates on the ship. The last grains of sand in the hourglass trickled out. I watched them fall and then immediately flipped the hourglass over to the other side. Another twelve hours gone by. The colored sand slid down into the funnel, the seconds dribbling out once aga...
“Numbers and Ground Gods” by Kanden Lang
There’s a tap tapping at the door. Dad must be home! I already put nine by the door, and Dad said he will be back in five to ten.I used to think five to ten meant five, two, ten; but then Dad told me that was too many.I also used to think Dad was really called that. When Mom was still with us, that was the only name he ever had. Mom’s not here anymore, and now Dad said I need to call him Trav. In my head, though, where he can’t get me, he will always be Dad.I wrap my hands around the yellow doorknob and twist the way ...
“Paneer Sandwich” by Aaina Aleszezyk
‘New year is five days away. Who are you going to celebrate it with?’ ‘I don’t celebrate New year, at least not when the others do.’ ‘You have a complex personality. I’d love to get to know you more. How about a video call?’ ‘I’d prefer staying anonymous. ‘uninterested emoji’.’ Then I shut my laptop. Today I spent all my day working. My eyelids are struggling to open every time I blink. ...
“Soulful Rot” by Grey Oberst
Trigger Warning: Discussions of death, kidnapping, prolonged isolation, and mild gore. One thousand, eight hundred, and twenty one days. Siv had been trapped here for one thousand, eight hundred, and twenty one days, and the only reason she knew that much was because of the cold, stone walls that encased her, which had been marked every day with tally after tally. Other than the streaks of light that left the small barred window far above her reach, this was the only evidence of time in her horrid world.
“"The Stolen Time"” by Shreeya Shrestha
Power Fame Money The world is thriving for these worldly possessions although, we will leave everything behind after we depart from our soul. People spend all their life fighting and working for their needs but, some people choose the easy way. They choose to steal, rob and murder people for money and power. They use their power and their money to ...
“The 32nd of December ” by Cynthia Grove
It was the 32nd of December and another tally mark had been entered on her prison wall. New Years never came anymore. It wasnt allowed. No large crowds in Times Square or anywhere due to the great Plague. Soon keeping track of new days, weeks, months, and years had all stopped. No more birthdays, holidays or anniversaries. Gathering together was prohibited. Memories and Memory were erased. The great...
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