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“Five Men?”: #StaD May; Day Thirteen

  • Story A Day May 13’s prompt is from Tony Conaway, who has written and ghostwritten everything from blogs to books. He has co-written non-fiction books published by McGraw-Hill, Macmillan and Prentice Hall. His fiction has been published in eight anthologies and numerous publications, including Blue Lake Review, Danse Macabre, Rind Literary Magazine, qarrtsiluni, The Rusty Nail and Typehouse Literary Magazine. He was recently a guest on the Indy Writer Podcast, talking about writing short fiction.

The Prompt:

  • Today’s prompt focuses on misapprehension – that is, interpreting something incorrectly. Too often, in fiction, every character communicates perfectly. That’s not the way it happens in real life. So that’s your prompt: misapprehension, either verbal or visual.

Standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you.

Word List:

Prompt Word Donor; Kitndavj

  • Flanelette

  • Jiffy

  • Boardwalk

  • Canoe

  • Trebuche

  • Viking

  • Rampart

  • Mattress
  • Sprocket

And now I offer you…

“Five Men?”

The flanelette blanket and Jon’s couch were a damned poor substitute for his own quilts and mattress. But, after a helluva long day, Trip fell asleep in a jiffy.

He was standing on a boardwalk.

“You’re troubled, Trip.” He loved when she popped into his dreams.

My sprocket’s missing some teeth. I’m the projectile in a trebuchet. In a canoe with no paddle. Alone with no weapon while Vikings storm the ramparts.” She just looked at him. “That night we met – five men say I attacked them.”

“Five men?”

“Now you’re troubled.”

“There has been a misapprehension -”

Trip woke up.

Will Trip ever get back to that dream?

Find out what the misapprehension was?

Or who his Vulcan Surprise Package is?

Any guesses?

Come back tomorrow for another 100 word installment, or visit the brand-new series link!


I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

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