Victory Roll (Five Sentence Fiction, August 2012)

Lillie McFerrin’s one word prompt this week was Victory.  (This is an idea I’ve tried before in a longer format for Long Story Short).

After I’d finally singled her out from all the others, it wasn’t too difficult to penetrate her consciousness;  she leaves plenty of space in there as she goes about her business – writing mental lists and losing them, promising to call people and forgetting them – oh yes, plenty of space there all right, as I’d known there would be.

Once in there, it was all down to furtling around, pushing things aside, knocking things down, and finding a suitable spot where I could firmly plant myself, destroying any other seeds that might germinate into distractions, and making sure I was up there, right at the forefront.

Then it was a question of getting her to co-operate, which was much harder than I’d thought; some people just don’t recognise the honour we bestow upon them and they’ll prevaricate, get side-tracked, hit the bottle or run up blind alleys until we can get them pinned down, ready to spring into action.

But this morning, after several weeks of persuasion and strong-arming tactics, I think she’s finally surrendered, turning off the television and her phone, putting on a pot of strong coffee and settling herself down before her laptop; it begins here.

Today, we will start our journey, and before too long I will see the light of day, soaring out into the ether on a victory roll to meet all those who used to mill around the universe like me, other tales without a teller, stories without words;  all of us searching for writers who could give us birth.

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About Sandra

I cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and write fiction and poetry. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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18 Responses to Victory Roll (Five Sentence Fiction, August 2012)

  1. TheOthers1 says:

    Ah, very nice. Initially I thought “it” was a demon possessing her. Highlighting the process quite nicely I think. I love the last sentence.

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  2. Oh yes.. I like that.. I to was thinking demon so very cleverly written..x

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  3. Janelle says:

    At first I was imagining some kind of nasty habit or addiction perhaps, but I much prefer what it turned out to be! The woman, particularly as she’s described in the first sentence, reminds me of myself! Making mental lists and losing them, being forgetful – yup, that’s me alright! This is a beautiful idea, that last sentence is just magic. I’ll think about this piece now whenever a new writing idea strikes me!

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  4. sinosheila says:

    I was intrigued and finally a bit baffled but I enjoyed this .

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  5. ahblack57 says:

    I love the idea of a story in search of a writer; a genie inside a magic lamp in need of a little rub; a cat trapped in closet waiting for the next person to come looking for a shirt… Great stuff as usual.

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    • Sandra says:

      I often feel as though I’ve been ‘chosen’ by a story, particularly on days when I’m lacking inspiration and I’ll just start writing and see where it takes me. 🙂

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  6. You had me guessing right up until the point when you mentioned “laptop” – then I sort of knew you were referring to story ideas floating around in the universe, waiting to be captured…
    Wonderful writing!

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  7. Wow Sandra, love your style and I was “her” in that last paragraph! Enjoy your writing and cruising the waterways, sounds idyllic!

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  8. Excellent!!! You had my full attention from the first sentence. All the way through my mind was running with the possibilities, and then the last sentence left me with a huge smile. I love this 🙂

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  9. vbholmes says:

    Good story–took a minute to catch on which makes for a fun read.

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  10. Sandra says:

    Thank you! Glad you understood where I was going with this.

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