Spool of threadOnce, I knew the way back. A silk thread – such a fragile tether – spooled out behind. But when we reached the heart of things, the thread snapped, severed by knowing: he proved untrue.

This post was written in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge  weekend prompt: This weekend’s challenge is to write a story entitled ‘Lost’ in exactly 33 words. The word ‘lost’ can only appear in the title, not your 33 words.

20 responses to “Lost

  1. Scriptor Obscura

    I love this story. So beautiful! So well-written. I think that you deserve to win this week. Keep up the excellent work, and I look forward to reading more writing from you! 🙂


    • Wow, thank you! That’s a real compliment, coming from you. I’m looking forward to reading yours – I think you’re a great writer. I’m just starting on reading through all the Trifextra entries right now – I wanted to hold off till I wrote my own.


      • Scriptor Obscura

        Thank you so much for your very kind words, I truly appreciate it. Wow. I am so humbled and honored that you should think so highly of what I write here. I really don’t know what to say…You are too kind. Thank you 🙂 I haven’t entered this Trifextra weekend challenge yet, because I just couldn’t come up with anything for this one, and I couldn’t think of anything to write about here…I just don’t feel inspired for this one yet…Who knows, maybe I will come up with something yet…Sometimes you feel really uninspired, you know…Writers’ block, perhaps…We all get it, don’t we, at one time or another…Sigh…


  2. A really lovely take on the 33 words. Thank you for sharing.


  3. such a fragile tether

    indeed 🙂


  4. Christine's Mom

    Scriptor Obscura:

    Really?….”Who knows, maybe I will come up with something yet…Sometimes you feel really uninspired, you know…Writers’ block, perhaps…We all get it, don’t we, at one time or another…Sigh…”



  5. I almost can’t stand how good this is. Brilliant writing.


  6. Nice. Heartbreaking. I really enjoyed this one!


  7. Fragile heart as the silk thread … awesome 33 words ~~ power with punch! Thanks for the visit and leaving a breadcrumb! :-0


  8. I love a “fragile tether.”


  9. And so ends a loving relationship. It seems to me that we always start out with many threads, and it is the snap of that last one we remember most vividly.


  10. Beautiful story in so few words. Love it!


  11. Poor Orpheus! I know I already commented, but I came to say I wish we could chat about our entries this weekend. I went with thread as an image as well. I really wanted to talk about how my many moves had made it difficult to keep then”ties that bind” intact. But 33 words proved only enough to hint around at it.


    • Orpheus – that’s close. I was actually going for a different myth. 🙂 Personally I love these short pieces *because* of the hinting around. I like that there’s usually something left to the reader to guess at, or infer.


  12. I like this a lot.


  13. Seems perfect to me! If I were a judge, you would certainly “place or show,” if not win! I so appreciate your visit to my site as well. I am looking forward to participating in these challenges. This was my first one!


  14. Heartbreaking story told in so few words yet written so lovely… kudos!


  15. Beautiful. Really lovely response to the prompt. I love that image of the thread ‘spooled out behind’. Thanks for linking up and see you for the weekday challenge hopefully.


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