Thursday, April 28, 2016

A to Z: Short Beginnings X

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 X word suggestions in the comments section. Stop by tomorrow's post to read the story you inspired.

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W story:
Water lapped against the body washing against the beach, never quite finding purchase on the pebbled shore. Nearby, two joggers whispered. Winnie made a note to talk to them after she was done examining the body.
She peered over the windswept sand, hoping for more witnesses, but other than the wake of a speedboat that was quickly disappearing into the distance, and her partner, Pat Wiley, the joggers seemed her best hope for answers.
"Don't let them leave," she said to Pat. The sand worked its way into her shoes and ground against her knees as she bent over the dead willowy girl.
He winked. "Will do."
Winnie gritted her teeth, her new partner was far more interested flirting with her than following orders. She swore he only heard half of what she said every time she opened her mouth. "No, don't. Let. Them. Leave."
"Right." He grinned.
She swore he checked out her ass before he headed up the beach. That he'd made it through the academy was a wonder.
The girl's wooden limbs were a good indication of her time of death. Gauging by the rigor mortis and lack of bloating, she'd died overnight. The bullet hole in her chest seemed to scream that murder was involved. Winnie sighed and pulled out her phone to call for the forensics team, but the wireless signal was nonexistent out here. This was normally such a quiet town, but now she had a true whodunit on her hands.


  1. Hi Jean - I guess trawling through others' A-Zs will bring us some ideas ... Xanthian Marbles, El Cid's bride Ximena ... good luck!! Cheers Hilary

  2. Yeah, a bullet in the chest often implies murder. Good catch.

    Ummmm, X. How about Xanadu?

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  3. A mystery!

    X is for Xebec, the word I used on my blog :)

    Yvonne V

  4. Ooh, so chuffed to see whodunit used up there :)

    X words are so HARD - okay here goes xerophyte, xylophone, xanthium, xenia, x-axis, xylene, xerox, Xenophon.


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