Tall And True Short Reads
Episode 15 (27 February 2021)
We hit the road at sunrise. Anna complained about packing the bikes in the pre-dawn dark. But we had to make up for the kilometres we’d lost yesterday to punctures and her mishap. Our reward was a crimson landscape when the sun crested the horizon. I rode ahead, and Anna fell behind, as usual.
Season One: Episode 15 (27 February 2021)
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- Each story had to BEGIN AT SUNRISE
- Use the words SIGNATURE, PATIENT, and BICYCLE
- And include a character who has to make a CHOICE.
The plot and characters for the story came to me very fast while walking my dog, similar to my December 2020 Furious Fiction entry, The Gift. I decided on a middle-aged couple on a bike tour that goes awry. I wrote it as a two-hander, with Frank and Anna’s voices and thoughts revealing a shorthand tale of the ride and their life together.
The sunrise start was an easy decision. The choice at the end was more difficult, and I leave it to the reader to imagine what Anna decided to do with Frank’s life support.
As for the words in the Furious fiction brief, I like playing with positioning them in my short stories. And this time, I held off using the words until the final paragraph – did you hear them?
I hope you enjoyed your short ride with The Choice. You can read this and all my short stories and other writing at TallAndTrue.com.
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