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Six Word Stories

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I peeked through the curtains. There was a limo parked outside with two bodyguards. I heard a knock at the door…

We were dismissed, and I sprinted towards my locker. I had to get out of there before…

It was going to take a miracle to win this game. So taking a deep breath and knowing that this could be a huge mistake I...

I opened the front door to find the UPS man standing on the front stoop, his arm around a package that was almost as tall as him. Oh no. Not again, I thought…

“It’s okay, you can come out, you don’t have to be afraid. Here, take my hand.” The hand that reached out toward me was unlike any I’d ever seen before.

The lights dimmed and the curtains opened. I felt like I was going to throw up. Why had I ever thought this was a good idea?...

“Have you ever driven one of these before?” I asked my brother, trying not to let him see how nervous I was. “Is it safe?”

“Are you coming or not?” he demanded as he took a few steps further into the…

“It’s for you!” she called, after answering the phone. When I went to take it from her, she covered the mouthpiece and whispered menacingly, “This better not be about what I think it’s about, got it?”

​“I should have listened to you,” my dad acknowledged, as he lay curled up on the grass, his clothes caked in mud. “You were right about…”

The light started to flicker, first blue, then white. I looked around for a way out, but I was trapped. I guess I’d have to resort to the back up plan…

I was sitting at a bus stop when a little girl came up to me and gave me a small box. It started trembling in my hands but when I looked up to ask her what it was, she’d disappeared.

I was running out of time. They’d said they’d give me until sundown, and that was only a few hours away. I had to...


Inspired by Hemingway’s famous six-word tale, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn,” the “six word story” has served as a prompt for decades, testing writers’ ability to create their own succinct masterpieces with all sorts of clever results. Try your hand at creating six word stores for the images below.