Monday, April 11, 2016

A to Z: Short Beginnings I

2016 THEME: Short Stories - at least the beginnings thereof.
YOUR PART: Throw out names, themes, random words or situations using the letter of the day and I'll pick some of them to include in the opening paragraphs of a short story.
WHY: I'm most inspired when there's a challenge involved. Usually that means an opening line or a theme. This month: your words.

My creative blender awaits your I word suggestions in the comments section. Stop by tomorrow's post to read the story you inspired.

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H story...
Alexandra stared at the broken black ceramic heifer on the tile floor, tears welling in her eyes. Her muscles tensed as Grandmother shuffled into the room, drawn by the sound. Her cane tap tapped over the floor while the hard soles of her shoes scraped along with each step, muffled slightly by the thick layers of her long dark skirts.
Spittle flew from her thin lips and the glare of those eyes carved deeply into her wrinkled face turned Alexandra hollow inside. "Girl, what have you done?"
Honesty would only gain her a beating. Lying would get her more of the same. The switch in the corner haunted her nightmares.
She took one last look at the shattered heirloom and bolted for the door. With her own skirts in hand, her bare feet sped over the worn grass outside the cottage, scattering the chickens. She passed through the field and had just reached the edge of the wood when her heel struck a rock. Alexandra fell to her knees, cradling her wounded foot, barely budded chest heaving as she gulped for air.    
Blood dripped through her fingers. Crows squawked from the nearby branches and a cold wind stirred the tall grasses around her. Her harrowing escape from Grandmother's switch was only the beginning. She'd glimpsed the yellowed paper inside the broken figurine and that writing hadn't been ink. Helpless, the heavy weight of a curse settled upon her shoulders.


  1. Intriguing! That's my comment on the H story but you can also use if for I. :)

    Yvonne V

  2. Harrowing indeed... nicely done!
    How and I for... invention?

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary

  3. Great job, I'd like to see what happened next!


  4. That one is especially good. How about "inconceivable" for next time?

    @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

  5. Oohhh...spooky! And you met the challenge to work heifer in very well!

  6. Really good! Okay, for I: Ice cream, interrupt, icicles, intuitive, isotropic-I cheated I saw that word to the left-lol. Insight, Ice Age-

  7. I think this has been my favourite so far! Excellent stuff.
    Rosa Temple writes...

  8. Great stuff.

    Great Informations. Here are some links to my A to Z challenge posts Here are my takes with I I Love You : Id-Ul-Zoha :


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