In response to DeviantArt Flash Fiction Month July 21 challenge: PARTY WITH HEMINGWAY!
In honor of the Late Great American Novelist, we propose a toast of a challenge:
- Today would mark 116 years, so you have 116 words to work with.
- Hemingway’s work played heavily on four major themes: love, war, wilderness and loss. Your piece must revolve around TWO out of those four.
- He was also a big fan of the polysyndetonic sentence. It’s okay, read the link, we’ll give you a minute. Your piece must include at least one example of a polysyndeton, including at least three conjunctions.
And since it’s a party, an OPTIONAL CHALLENGE:
- Write your story while inebriated, like the man himself would’ve. Of course, do so responsibly, and we highly recommend that you come back to do some editing while sober before the challenge judging happens. (But maybe save the original draft for funsies.)
She entered. It was noon but the room lay in the same darkness she felt. She knelt on the dusty ground and grabbed the small doll. She wiped her eyes and got rid of the tears that had rolled down her cheeks and traced a path in her grimy face.
“I’m sorry,” she whispered.
“Meghan?” She turned and faced her husband and he looked hopeless as she felt but determined. They had to move.
She bit her lips fighting back tears. She wouldn’t survive if she despaired, nor would there be another child if they were captured. She nodded and grabbed her pack and followed her husband into the forest to hide. Farewell my dear angel.
To be fair I didn’t do the optional part of the challenge since I’m not a big drinker and never have been overly fond of being drunk. But it was interesting to write in so few words.