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This is my contribution this week to Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. Every Monday, Barbara supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence for the story. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, be sure to click first on the link given, and then on the little blue frog in the blue box. The link for all other stories is as follows:

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 2+12+150=164 Words

THE DREAM by P.S. Joshi

She lived a life that some would describe as being on edge.

Beth’s pay didn’t always meet her needs, and her nerves were always on edge.

It was the terrible nightmare, always the same one. She’d wake up trembling in a cold sweat.

She was in a dark forest. Then there would be the terrible, air-piercing scream nearby. She found herself running, trying to hide. There were sounds of wild animals. At least it seemed like animals.

Knowing she was adopted at age three, she could remember nothing before then.

Finally, searching through microfilm of newspapers for the year she turned three, one headline left her shaken:


A young child, about age three, was found in the forest east of Lockton. Nearby was the body of a young woman, thought to be the mother.

The child, now in county care, is closely guarded since a man claiming to be her father was found not to be related.

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14 thoughts on “THE DREAM

    • Thanks, Cindy. I wrote it as a flash piece, but it looks like I might have to expand it. It seems it’s too good a beginning, and makes it necessary for me to write a longer piece. πŸ™‚ Keep an eye on my blog, I’ll try and write a longer piece for it before too long. I’m so pleased you liked it so much. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne


    • Thanks, Diana. I don’t know about a book. It could be, but I might settle for now for a short story length. I’ve become so used to flash fiction that I have to work harder to write longer stories. I’m so glad you liked it. I may use this to gradually work up to novels. This may be my first proper short story when I lengthen it. I’ll try one on my blog first. Some writers find it hard to shorten stories to flash fiction. I have the opposite problem. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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