42 Words #8

Thanks to everyone who joined in our horrific time with last weeks theme of HORROR.  It was vast but in a strange way, surprisingly beautiful to read your micro stories so lets begin the recap…

Dave from MMA Storytime

Caramel from Learner at Love

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Rugby43 from The Bag Lady

Jenna from Raspberry Ripples

A great selection of tales for our HORROR theme but let’s check out what Chelsea has selected with her pick of number 8.

Now this week’s theme is an interesting one and I must admit one of my favourites from the list, though achieving your goal in 42 words is going to be a bit of an ask.

It’s time to sharpen your wits, gather up your lock picking tools and put your head down for this week’s theme is …


What are you escaping from?  Where, when, how?  This is all for you to decide, the only requirement is that you fit it all in the 42 word limit.

This week I am pleased to state that Dave has selected number 24 for next week but as always feel free to keep them coming.  We still have plenty of options left to select and there are still great themes within the available choices and if you haven’t realised yet the list is alphabetical, so perhaps that will entice you to choose.

15 16 GONE GONE 19 20 GONE
29 30 31 GONE GONE 34 35

Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

It started with a gold coin and went downhill

Lilac had entered the bar with misgivings.  The off-key piano, the dim lighting and the sawdust scattered over the floor had suggested this wasn’t going to be a great first date but then she’d spied it – a leprechaun.

Time to escape.


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© Deb Whittam 2020

50 Word Thursday #92

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed last week’s 50 Word Thursday, you can see the results here at Krisitan blog.  This week I wanted to give you plenty of scope, so I went vague.  I hope you have fun with this combination but first …

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

I’m looking forward to what these prompts inspire, so here’s the picture:


And the words:

“The words couldn’t have been delivered with more force if they’d been accompanied by a swift kick to this gut.” ― Lorraine Heath, Surrender to the Devil

© Deb Whittam 2020


50 Word Thursday #91


When Maggie had insisted on travelling out of the town and to the seaside Dirk had been resistant.

They were tourists and though it all appeared quite civilized at the resort; there was no telling what really went on.

Now, peering inside the cafe, Dirk felt his comment was justified for although it was a simple thing to be doing, something strange was happening.

“Alright Dirk, they eat using they’re feet but we can live with it, can’t we?  I’m awful hungry.” 

She was right of course.

“As long as they washed them,” Dirk offered smugly, having the last word.

50 Word Thursday #91


© Deb Whittam 2020


MMA Storytime #36


Slithering down the embankment Chuck felt a quiver of excitement.  He’d planned this for so long that it had taken on the aspect of the Holy Grail for him and now that he was finally nearing his goal, he felt a moment’s uncertainty.

Sighing as he looked down the valley he knew it was just the culmination of tiredness and hard work.  Crossing this mountain range in winter verged on the insane.

“C’mon Karate, just a few more hours and we’ll be there.”

He muttered to his faithful companion, his golden retriever gave him a quick look before bounding ahead.

100 Word Flash Fiction Challenge #36 – Karate

© Deb Whittam 2020