Be Careful What You Ask For

The extremely short story you are about to read is in response to Sonia G Medieros’ January Writing Challenge. In the challenge she asks that we take one word from a list she’s provided and write a story containing that word. The catch is the story has to be exactly 50 words in length. (See Sonia’s page for complete rules)

My first response to the challenge was, “That’s Crazy Talk!” But, you know me, I can’t resist a challenge. The following is my entry:

Be Careful What You Ask For

The drought caused us to pray for rain, and now—the flood waters finally gone—we waded through puddles, surveying what remained. It took mere seconds to realize there was nothing; our past erased; our future bleak; now was all we had; that and a vast collection of precious memories.



If you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to read my entry to Sonia’s October-December writing challenge, The Old Man and the Mask. I think you’ll enjoy it! (It’s longer than 50 words.)


  1. Oh yes! Be careful what you wish for! Sad and darkly funny. Thank you so much for joining the challenge.

  2. Sherry Mashburn said

    WOW!! Amazing . . . a complete story, beginning, middle, end, all within 50 words. I am duly impressed!

  3. Wow, I’m so used to writing long short stories and you really wrote a short, short story. It was sad, but full of hope at the same time. I enjoyed it. Be blessed!

    • Thanks, Elizena! I don’t usually write these short shorts either, but thought it would be fun.
      I appreciate your visit and comment!

  4. Erin Beyko said

    Very Nice.

  5. Very good job…was drought the word?

    • No, the word was “collection”. For two days, I’ve been trying to remember to go back and highlight the word, but…
      Thanks for the read and comment, Susan! (It’s highlighted now!)

  6. Love the undertones, Robin

  7. yikici said

    Such a touching, poignant piece of fab-tastic writing. I really enjoyed reading it and was hoping to read more… 🙂

    • If you want more, browse my blog! I think you will find lots and lots of fab-tastic writing.
      Thank you for the visit and fan-tastic comment!

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