Thursday, April 25, 2013

Five Sentence Fiction – Shadows

The Five Sentence Fiction is a simple idea: Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week I will post a one word inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate will write a five sentence story based on the prompt word. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just use it for direction.


This week, Lillie chose the word "Shadows." Some shadows are forever.
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It isn't possibleor at the very least, it shouldn't be possible—but it is.
So powerful was its blast, that when the light first struck, frozen shadows painted on walls and sidewalks became permanent reminders of the dead who once stood in those exact spots.
The people were gone, forever shattered into innumerable pieces of ash, yet their silent silhouette remained, giving grim testimony to the raw power unleashed in the wake of the atom’s sundering.
Godlike power: the power to destroy a world—our world—had been ushered into being by men of science, who, like the good men they are, tried only to bring an end to the War—an end to the suffering and death—but in their callousness failed to realize that all they had done was to create a new form of devastation the likes of which no man had ever seen or contemplated.
This all happened a lifetime ago; yet we still live under the specter of those painted shadows—and forever will they chill our soul.

14 comments:

  1. It is incredible the destructive power of nuclear devices. My blogging friends and I all grew up during the Cold War, and it impacted the way we see the world.

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    1. Yeah, it's one of those things that should have never been developed...we cannot control the Genie now that it's out of the bottle.

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  2. Such an incredible description of that time. Poetic horror. Two thumbs up! I'm in awe.

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  3. Great writing, very descriptive. Amazing what you can do in five sentences.

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  4. Lovely use of the prompt. I really enjoyed this piece, and it did, indeed, chill me. Great job!

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  5. Wow, you've given me the words to also see the shadows. Disturbing tale, yet realistic. I'm in awe.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. Your kind words make me smile.

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  6. Great interpretation of the prompt.
    Loved the imagery created by the line '......frozen shadows painted on walls and sidewalks became permanent reminders of the dead who once stood in those exact spots.'
    A haunting thought.

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  7. I knew someone would do a take on the Hiroshima shadows, and I'm not surprised it's you! Good job!

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