Each of the stories below was designed around one word: Apart. Each attempts to paint a completely different emotional image in precisely 50 words (excluding the title). Memories was written for Sonia G. Medeiros’ January Writing Challenge, using the prompt word “forgetful.”
“What’s been keeping us apart all this time?”
“Memories, I guess. Since your mother died like that, all I could think about was those horrible things she’d said to me…”
He stepped toward me. “And now? What changed all that now?”
I smirked at him, a little smug. “I forget.”
“It’s all falling apart, isn’t it?”
My eyes roamed over the deserted streets; all that was left of our grand experiment in community. “It’s ironic,” I whispered.
“Alanis Morrisette irony?”
“No, the real kind. We set out to bring people together, but now they know each other…and hate each other.”
“The key word is “apart,” she lectured sternly. “As in, I don’t want to see either of you bothering the other today.”
I glared at my stupid brother. I was never going to forgive him for this spanking.
Shyly, he raised his hand. “Is it okay if we play together?”