Category Archives: Trifextra

Weekend 33 word challenge.

Trifextra 103 – One Final Misunderstanding

670px-Know-When-to-Break-Up-Step-07We were finished –

She seemed heartbroken, yet accepting.

‘One of us should go…tonight,’ I said.

‘I agree,’ she whispered, as the carving knife sliced into my kidneys.

Bitch!

She knew damn well that wasn’t what I meant

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These 38 words form my entry into the Trifextra 103 challenge.

We were asked to write a story that ended with the words ‘that wasn’t what I meant‘. To be honest I’m not a fan of prompts which define a story’s last words; however, that said, I hope you find some merit in what I came up with.

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Trifextra 102 – Unseen Advances

bluebells_1633226cHe only wanted to be her friend:
To touch her, to breathe her.
She now lies still in the wood –
Tender bird song framing the silence,
As bluebells sway in the summer breeze.

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These 33 words form my entry into the Trifextra 102 challenge.

We were asked to write a story about ‘love gone wrong‘ which didn’t include any of the following words: Love, Heart, Sad, Tears, Pain, Wept. I hope you enjoy what I came up with.

Trifextra 101 – Opportunities Lost

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I pass here every day,
Checking my reflection;
Looking, but not looking –
Willing those eyes to notice mine.

Today the table lies empty.
My reflection walks by,
Heartbroken and alone,
Praying you’ll return.

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These 33 words form my entry into the Trifextra 101 challenge. The story was in response to the above photo prompt (picture courtesy of Thomas Leuthard/Foto.com). I hope you enjoy what I came up with.

Trifextra 100 – Self Assembly

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The first time I saw them words I think I cried.

I  can’t do that, I can’t, I sighed.

Yet how so much I tried;

Till my brain was all but fried.

Flat pack just aint for me.

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These 38 words form my entry into the Trifextra 100 challenge. The Trifecta editors asked us to add 33 of our own to their starting five. I hope you enjoy what I came up with.

Trifextra 99 – An Imperfect Trio

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Don’t Stress About Rules.

These words form my entry into Trifextra 99 where we were asked to come up with a three word resolution for 2014. Mine is based on my continuing attempts to write things people might actually want to read. I hope you like it! 

Trifextra 98 – Vegetable of Mass Destruction

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On Brassica Oleracea they wait.

Patiently.

On earth hapless, festive fools prepare;

Oblivious to the perils of ‘The Boiling’:

Its pungent, noxious cloud crumbling earth’s already withering defences.

Paving the way for invasion.

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These 33 words form my entry into the Trifextra 98 challenge. The Trifecta editors asked us to write a humorous, festive themed story. I hope you enjoy what I came up with.

Trifextra 97 – To Be Forewarned is Forearmed

penguinsThe sun’s rays dazzle against the crumbling basin of the central Antarctic reservoir.

High above carrion circle;

Emaciated penguins collapse in the dust.

Meanwhile politicians fester in their myopic delusion:

Global Warming?

Nonsense!

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These 33 words form my entry into the Trifextra 97 challenge. The story is based on the words ‘Basin‘, ‘Dazzle‘ and ‘Myopic‘. I hope you enjoy what I did with them.

Black Friday Deals

orderconfirmationThe confirmation email made it clear:

Delivery in Seven Days. No Cancellations.

Eyes briefly flickered from the screen as the neighbour’s dog growled;

Watched as dark clouds tumbled past the window.

And waited.

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These 33 words form my entry into the Trifextra 96 challenge. I had this idea almost straight away, but it took ages for me to fit it into 33 words. I confess the premise is quite subtle so I hope people will get what’s going on/down!

Trifextra 94 – The Cleaning Crew

AlexPardee_HeroesTheirs were the only three names on the list:

The only three not already dead.

As the Geiger-Müller clicked and crackled,

Three pairs of resigned, bloodshot eyes continued their work.

Death their reward.

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These 33 words form my entry into the Trifextra 95 challenge. We were asked to write a story containing a particular word three times. My chosen word was three.

For more information on the story behind the image please visit Alex Pardee’s Blog.

Trifextra 93 – The Quick Learner

universe“31, 32….hmm, 33 late AGAIN?”

“Sir!”

“Yeeess 25?”

“Sir, 33’s gone.”

GONE! Explain yourself 25!”

“Sir, he’d been, umm, creating his own, err, universe for a while, Sir.”

“Sit DOWN 25!”

“Yes, sir.”

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These 33 words form my entry into the Trifextra 93 challenge. We were asked to write a story containing 33 Gods. I hope you enjoy where I went with it.

Trifextra 92 – The Numbers Game

Frustrated-office-worker-005‘It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die’

The memo couldn’t have been clearer.

I nervously rechecked my figures;

They were good –

Good enough?

From behind came a scream.

Turning, I saw an empty, blood splattered chair.

I’d survived another year.

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The 33 words which follow the opening line form my entry into the Trifextra 92 challenge. We were asked to complete the story – I hope you enjoy where I went with it.

Trifextra 91 – Malware

isitsafeThe laptop’s freshly fried motherboard crackled;

Exposed wires sparked and hissed.

A slick of glowing, orange slime trailed from the smoldering wreckage to the open window.

Frankie Junior was nowhere to be seen.

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These 33 words form my entry into the Trifextra 91 challenge. They were inspired by the idea of  beasts in unexpected places.

Trifextra 90 – What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You

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Food, warmth, family, love –

I have them all.

Now pretty white snow is falling;

Sparkly lights flash on the tree.

Life couldn’t be any better.

Why would us turkeys be afraid of anything?

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These 33 words form my entry into the Trifextra 90 challenge. They were inspired by the idea of  what triggers fears.

Trifextra 89 – Another Day in Hell

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We get them:

The ones He doesn’t want.

Murderers, rapists;

abusers, losers.

You think I want to be with these people?

You think I enjoy this?

You think?

…Hell, yeh –

I love it!

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These 33 words form my entry into the Trifextra 89 challenge. They were inspired by the Rolling Stones classic ‘Sympathy For the Devil’.

Trifextra 88 – Double Sacrifice

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We watched on,

Indifferent to her terror; apathetic to her cries.

From the loch it emerged –  

Trailing seaweed; dressed in algae.

A slimy claw ripped at her swollen belly.

We retreated,

Suddenly ashamed.

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These 33 words form my entry into the Trifextra 88 challenge. The photo prompt, which you can see on the Trifextra page, asked us to write about a creature coming out of the water. I hope you like my idea.

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This piece was my first winning effort in the Trifecta Writing Challenge. I have placed five times in all, but this was my debut appearance on the top step of the medal rostrum! As ever I am flattered that those judging saw something in my work.