At a snap, consciousness nibbles away from my soul like a rat at a pie. A flurry of events whistle across the hollows of memory. Here come the songs, in basses and choruses; the colours, in greys and duotones and the people in masks and stilettos, as I breathe my last.
This is an experiment with a fifty-word fiction. How do you think I fared? Is the story compact enough? I will like to know what you think.
This is a contribution to the household of fictioneers. A brotherhood that I’ve missed so much.
38 thoughts on “At a Snap – Friday Fictioneers”
Beat poetry in half-time — your words are wonderful, darling. I especially like the “people in masks and stilettos” — it’s ambiguous and intriguing.
Wow! your words are kind. I appreciate your visit here.
Beautiful poetic flow to the words, Charles.
Thank you sis!
I think you did quite well and the words carry a movement that echoes the image
I just read that Hemingway wrote a short in 6 words (I guess the first true flash fictioneer)
Wow, that’s such a huge feat for anyone to write a story in 6 words. Thanks for stopping by
I like it but I’m not excited about the first sentence. “At a snap, consciousness nibbles away from my soul like a rat at a pie.” At a snap of what? It seems that consciousness would either nibble away at your soul or, if consciousness is leaving (which it appears to be), it wouldn’t nibble. It might edge away from your soul, slip away from it, or something similar. But that makes the rat at a pie comparison not work and I’m not thrilled with the rat and the pie anyway. Does that seem clear?
But I like the transitory feeling of the rest of it, which fits in well with the prompt.
The MC was hit by a the moving bus, I think. “The Snap” was originally written as “Hit” and “…the nibble from soul” was initially “truth nibbles at the soul”.
What I am trying to capture is the reality of people knowing the truth at death.
Maybe, I should have stayed with the first draft of the story then.
Thank you I appreciate your frankness! 🙂
Hmmm, maybe then something like “At the moment of impact, truth begins to nibble (or “gnaw”?) at my soul.” “At the moment of impact, truth begins to permeate my soul.”
“Truth nibbles at the soul” sounds good but I just don’t like the rat analogy. But I do liek the rest of it.
It makes me wonder what I’ll remember when my time comes. Great piece!
I wonder too. and i hope i don’t betrayer at the end of it all.
I like it. Compact as you say yet compelling and appealing both!
Love the imagery! You said a lot in just a few words
I’m going to vote for “At the moment of impact, truth gnaws at my soul…” Like the idea of making that initial event big. Loved the poetry of the rest of it. Good work!
So, you too don’t like the idea of a rat? Thank you for the vote
I like the flow of your words, poetically describing the metaphor of the image. Great correlation!
Thank you, 🙂
Nice to hear from you again Charles. This has a dream-like quality, like the prompt itself. Well done.
Nice to hear from you too. 🙂
I loved the effortless flow of your words. It is an intriguing read indeed.
Still, I do not get the meaning/the reason of usage of the word nibble in the first line.. may be I would have to think more about it; thence coming up with the picture you have created here. 🙂
Let’s just say, I went a bit too far from the norm and I am going to trace my steps back.
Thank you very much!
Wow, quite an evocative scene, with the music and masks and stilettos. It has the air of secret ceremony, at least to me.
Impressive what you wrung out of fifty words.
Beat poetry indeed! The “people in masks and stillettos” line is great, but I too found the first sentence a bit of a high threshold to get over. Several of the words seemed … petty, in context.
– I feel “snap” is the sound of a taut thread breaking, not a car crash.
– “Nibble” – cute anthropomorphic animals nibble, gnaw is definitely better.
– I also question “nibbles away from my soul”, surely that should be “nibbles away at my soul”? Otherwise you want to write something like “nibbles away pieces from my soul”.
– The rat I had no problems with, but if you have a more rat-like word – like gnaw – you wouldn’t have to specify the animal.
The rest of the passage works very well indeed and I’m impressed at what you got into just 50 words.
Looking forward to reading more,
Happy to have you back among us. Your piece is not only poetic, but disturbing. I mean this in a good way. You’ve captured the end of life’s fleeting moment.
A TON of imagery in just a short 50 words, with the rat bit sticking out especially. Nicely done!
I really liked this, Charles. One of the things I considered when I first saw the photo was life’s events flashing before your eyes at the point of death. You captured that well.
Is that what it’s going to be like? Great imagery.
This is very powerful, and you did it in far less than 100 words. An extraordinary achievement. Give yourself s pat on the back for me.
You say a lot in just a few words. Nicely done.
you really managed to say a lot in 50 words! a powerful piece with well-chosen words 🙂
Great writing Charles 😉
Excellent piece of writing, powerful and mesmeric.
AnElephantCant help feeling that one or two comments are rather over-critical of a wonderfully enchanting experimental piece.
Stick to your guns, and your own words.
Showing us all how to do it with half the words. Very cool. Thesupercargo’s critique was spot on and thorough. Your story gnaws at me still.