One Question #SixSentenceStories

“Damn it all, what do you mean you can’t come in, I’m telling you, set those supplies down and get in here and stay awhile, what in the hell has gotten into you?”

Sighing, he did as ordered, stepping gingerly, as if that made any difference, sat on the far end of the tired sofa; from that distance sat with his great-uncle who faced the sea-salted window of his old cottage as he always had, before and after losing his sight, listened while the blind old man continued, “Look at it, the chop has begun, she’s restless; we’re in for a right good blow, we are.”

The younger man didn’t argue, for there was a restless expectation in the air, but what it was could not be divined from the placid water, sparkling with sunshine.

“Been through many a blow, Boy, many a blow, and I can tell you, this is going to be a big one, a mighty big one.”

He watched the robin scouting the crocus filled lawn, muffled a cough, then asked if he wanted him to put the shutters up but the old man just turned his rheumy eyes to him and whispered hoarsely, “No, Boy, no, I just want you to answer me one question, if you can. What kind of a storm is this?”


six sentence story


The link is open at GirlieOnTheEdge‘s blog for sharing stories told in six sentences. The prompt word is “QUESTION“. 

32 thoughts on “One Question #SixSentenceStories

  1. This could be an eerie Six.*

    Definitely an enjoyable Six Sentence Story

    *I read it at least three times. It got more eerie (if one is so inclined, to sharpen their peripheral vision, on the alert for some that does not belong) with each read.
    The first couple were for the fun of the setting, i.e. sea-salted windows: very sensory and evocative. Of course the developing, if not subconscious, awareness of an approaching storm, was entrancing.**

    ** of course, there are more than one kind of storm, and the sea is a tempting metaphor

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  2. What kind of storm… one that’s not going to be over anytime soon. My father last night likened it to the Polio epidemics. Every summer came the fear that your child wouldn’t survive. And that went on for over 50 years until finally they had to vaccine. Thank heavens the vaccine is in sight… small and blurry in the distance

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  3. What a storm it is! How difficult it must be for someone who’s mind is deteriorating to be unable to understand the time we are in now where social distancing is required or not being able to visit at all.
    Well done SSS.

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  4. Wow, nicely done! This is an interesting prompt and concept. I’d have to agree with most of the other commenters that this is eerie. It makes me think about this idea of “letting the old people sacrifice themselves”. Your story shows how wrong that is, there are things older people know and see that we do not. We need them too. Thanks for sharing!

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