Start your story with a character saying “Listen, …”
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“Lost and found” by Jim Cowles
LOST AND FOUND Jim Cowles - October 2021 2,500 words Listen! What was that! It sounded like someone trying to get in my window, but I don't see a soul outside. It sure makes me wonder if someone came in that way to steal it, then got scared I'd catch them. I tell you what, now that I've found it, I've got to know who did it. I mean,.maybe it was there all the time, I guess, huh (?), but if it w...
“Listen...” by Crystal Johnson
"Listen," Abigail Bowen clamped a hand over her brother's mouth. "Do you hear that?" John Bowen, three years her junior, concentrated, listening for the sound. "I don't hear it," John relented. "Sorry, Abby." He didn't need Abby to explain what sound to listen for. At this time every night, they expected it. The children sat in silence awaiting the arrival of their neighbor. "Old Man Thomas is...
“347.” by Charles Dean
347.-Stop. Listen. –Those were the last words of my brother, James. We were sent to investigate a fortress somewhere in Poland. The 4th got word from the Krauts as they ran with their tails between their legs, claiming the men inside the fortress had turned into… “demons.” We all mocked them at first but we should’ve listened…***-Attention! –Called our sergeant as the captain walked in. We all dropped whatever w...
“listen” by Lois Eaton
Listen Lois Eaton 6/11/2021 Broken Hill Australia ‘Listen to me,’ I screamed. But she didn’t. I burst into tears and ran inside the house. What was I to do? It was with the very best of intentions that I had agreed to become a foster mother for abused children. I dreamed of how wonderful it would be – all those grateful children appreciating just...
“Voices In Her Head” by Joyce Schook
Listen...It was two am. The house was quiet. Emma padded down the stairs then checked every window and door on the first floor. She saw the alarm had been activated (by Robert) and let out a sigh of relief.Then she pulled her terry cloth robe tighter before making her way back upstairs.Emma had just gotten back under the down comforter when she heard it again.Listen...Emma shut her eyes tight and placed her hands over both ears. I have to get some sleep tonight. She thought to herself.Why was this...
“The Lesson” by Jill Sbi
“Listen... PORT-smith. PORT-smith.” I pronounced it slowly, then rapidly, the way you’d hear it in ordinary conversation. I pointed to the sentence I’d written on the board. “I’m currently living in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.” To a person, my adult students frowned. I could tell what they were thinking. “It’s spelled MOUTH. How can it be pronounced SMITH?” And, “Have I really been saying the name of thi...
“Mommy and daddy are breaking up... because of me” by Skyler Svenrose
“Listen, …” my mommy said softly. Her voice kind, but full of pain. I felt the urge to do something to make the look on her face go away but I had no idea what. In reality, it probably wasn't a lot I could do... So instead, I just sat down and prepared myself for the worst. “Your dad and I are going to live in different places for a while. We want you to know this is not your fault, sometimes things just don’t work out for grown ups. We still love each other and we are all still a family, but too much has happened the past year so we have...
“The Flow ” by Agnes Goldfinch
“Listen,” she said, her eyes squinted and her voice the only thing that I cared to hear. Like liquified cinnamon dripping softly into warm hazelnut milk it was, smooth but undeniable, solid. Too specific? Well, she was specific. Unmatched, really. There was a scintillating peculiarity to the way she blinked and to the way she laughed. And she laughed a lot and often – at times laughter burst out ...
“The Cluster Series - Part 1” by Vincent McDonald
“Listen, alright? This is for your own good, Margaret. The only thing keeping them out are those stones encircling our farm.” He said, pointing to the long row of red stones surrounding them. “If we go beyond those stones, the creatures that live on this planet are liable to devour us . That’s our only rule.” She looked at her father and thought about his words carefully. The only thing keeping the monsters of the Overflow from thei...
“The Fickle Finger of Fate” by Maribeth Mundell
“Listen…” I rolled my eyes and leaned back against the passenger’s seat of the Dodge, trying to get myself right with the Lord before something came out of my mouth that would get me in trouble. “Mama, I really don’t hear anything different when you start up. Stop parking it under the live oak. There’s probably more acorns under the hood than motor. When was the last time you took the truck in for service?”...
“The Golden Cap” by Jessie Hartness
“Listen papa, do you hear that?”“Shhh, lass,” after a moment’s silence, “It must be the wind whisperin’ it’s many tales.” Rory Higgins looked over and gave his daughter a playful smile.Aisling looked at her father. He was a strong, tough brute of a man, but he was kind. He told her many stories when they were out at sea. Many involved princesses, warriors, dragons, evil queens, and the like; Rory Higgins was well known for his imagination among his friends. It never went unnoticed to Aisling ...
“"Peace"” by Cindy Hinds
“Listen,” He whispered to me, “just listen.” “I am listening and I hear too much!” I answer desperately, hopelessly. “I am tossed on a violent sea of words, an ocean of phrases and utterances. On the horizon I see a billowing hurricane of political buzz words, cultural accusations, and inhumane testimonies tossing the sea, making huge waves across the dark depths. Each rotation of the massive word storm ...
“Rise Up, Rise Up.” by Jeannie Labelle -Potvin
“Listen Mark, it is really simple. Either use the hydrogen peroxide or don’t, the choice is yours.”Mark blanched slightly, wavered momentarily, grabbed the brown bottle, carefully looked at the label and began reading.Perhaps it wouldn’t be as bad as he imagined.Purified water - checkHydrogen peroxide 3% - checkDirections: clean the affected area. Apply a small amount of product 1-3 times a day. - checkWARNING: KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. &n...
“LISTEN” by Mike Williams
LISTEN “Listen, now, to what I have to say, so that you might comprehend the reason for my concerns. It is a twisted tale that I shall tell you. Listen carefully,” Mark instructed. It began with Mandy Daniels returning home from veterinarian school. In her late twenties, Mandy had purchased the...
“Tales From The Ancient Forest” by Alex Lewig
“Listen,” Joey urged the other two as they stood at the edge of the forest. He glanced around, searching for the source of the deep thrumming he’d heard moments ago. “C’mon, stop being a wuss,” Will said, taking a few more steps into the forest. Joey looked back at the three bikes sitting on the crumbling dead-end road, the road to nowhere that they took to get here. There were legends about this forest, ab...
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