Ernest Hemingway is famously said to have once written a six word short story to win a $10 wager :- “For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.”
Although there was no wager the challenge set was to write a story in exactly 75 words. It’s harder than you think but here’s my entry:-
“Dad, where’s Mum?”
The old man glanced up from yesterday’s newspaper, staring hard at her, trying to remember.
“Upstairs. Listening to music.”
“Is she alright?”
“The same. You know.”
“Has the nurse been to make breakfast?”
“I made it and a pot of tea.”
She could smell burnt toast.
“I’ll go up.”
Her mother was propped up in bed, headphones wrapped tightly around her neck, holding a slice of toast. Both cold to the touch.
Words Copyright © 2016 by Antony J Waller