Untitled by Sophia Bonnie Wodin

Prompt: A White Lie | Word Count: 2500 | Genre:

It was in the summer of 1828 that two young brothers, Benjamin (19) and William (17) Taylor began building their houses on land out by the river.

Their great grandfather had purchased the land before the town that bore his name, Taylorville, was established. He returned with his Quaker sisters and brothers to the Massachusetts Bay colony after the Puritan influence declined. Rather then remaining by the sea, he was pulled inland, called by the rolling hills, a reminder of his childhood in southeastern Britain.

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White Lie by Michelle Crowder-Soellner

Prompt: White Lie | Word Count: 2500 | Genre: Mystery

The meeting had gone well. We were no closer to finding Amanda, but people felt empowered. And now they trusted me and would come to me with any more information. Win – win.

After the meeting ended, I made my way to the Rec room to mess around at the pool table while I thought about this Amanda business. This trip had turned into something more exciting than I had hoped. Who was hiding something? Well, surely we were all hiding SOMETHING…but someone or someones was hiding something that I sure as hell was going to figure out. I put the pool stick down. I decided to take a stroll around the inn and see what everyone else was up to. Because of the snow storm, we were all at the inn. Some of the couples had retired back to their rooms but the busybodies and the wannabe heroes of the group had stayed out in the various common areas, in case of any updates.

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The Experiment by Chrisna Ribeiro

Prompt: A white lie  |  Words: 2500  |  Genre: Sci-fi Thriller

“Right this way, Mr and Mrs Johnson”, doctor Morris said, leading them through the metallic corridors of the Bowman Biomedical Research Institute.
“I must admit that I’m curious to see her, after all you’ve promised. It just doesn’t seem possible… Could technology really have advanced so far? It seems too good to be true.”
“I assure you, Mr Johnson, you will get all you were promised and more.”
Mrs. Johnson squeezed her husband’s hand, her eyes shone with the hope she felt.
“Here we are”, the doctor said, holding open a steel door. They entered a sterile room, large and dark. The walls were of the same metal as the corridors. A blue glow was coming from behind a partition. Mrs Johnson held tightly onto her husband’s arm.
“No need to worry. We keep it dark because the project has been sensitive to UV light. We believe it should be able to withstand light now, so that should not be a problem for you. And now, without further ado, here is your new daughter.”

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A White Lie by Arthur Hall

Prompt: A white lie | Word count: 2 389 | Genre: Reality fiction

Elinor and Alex

They had almost arrived at their new home. Well not new – 1950s renovated. Their sons Larry and Michael had organized everything. They couldn’t afford their rambling country house any more and the park, garden and swimming pool were all too much for a couple in their seventies. Anyway the building was looking more dilapidated day by day. Then there was the boiler. It had celebrated its twenty-fifth birthday and was struggling for breath these days; soon its heart would give out.

They had found an enthusiastic buyer at the right price after their sons had suggested downsizing. Most of the money went to pay off the mortgage at the bank anyway. There wouldn’t be much left but they could have the ground floor of this house their sons were renovating and above them Michael could live with his 15 year old daughter. Family will be on hand for emergencies is how they put it.

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You Only Live Once by Sarah Muzaffar

Prompt: A White Lie I Word Count: 2496 I Genre: Spiritual

A strange heaviness seated itself on my chest. Like a mountain was resting on it and I could hardly breathe. I was struggling inwards, calling out to him. He didn’t answer me. Maybe he was not home. I called again out of sheer despair. The weight was pushing the last breath out of me.

I opened my eyes to pitch darkness. Where was I? I tried to remember the last moments of my day. Nothing what so ever came to me. Blank. Scared to death of the shrill darkness that was engulfing me. Where am I? And where is everybody else?

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Jax’s Equivocation by Lisa T. Osborne

Prompt: A White Lie | Word Count: 2500 | Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Jax balanced his cell phone between his shoulder and ear, listening to his Mother’s distracted at-work voice as he scrawled a phone number and address onto a small pad of paper.

“I know, Mom…I promise I’ll be with Steven all weekend. I’m leaving his cell number and address on the table…I don’t know his parents’ cell numbers. That’s why I’m leaving his address. If you don’t trust me, maybe you can talk to them…” Jax rolled his eyes and checked his watch. “Mom, if you are this worried, maybe I should just stay home…No, I want to go but I don’t want you to worry…”

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I’m Fine by Robyn McComb

Prompt: White Lie | Word count: 1500 | Genre: 

The biggest little white lie he ever told was, “I’m fine.”

He said it the day that his mother died. A sudden heart attack left her on the floor, the vacuum tipped over and still running. He dropped his backpack on the couch; it clunked heavily with the weight of textbooks. “Mom? Mom? Mom!”

“How are you holding up?” everyone would ask, searching his face worriedly for signs that he was about to break.

“I’m fine.”

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I Lied Myself To Victory by Kaiser Tharma

Prompt: A White Lie  Word count: 2500  Genre: General

Today is the final day of training. He has been doing it for almost a year now, since the beginning of the school year. At the beginning of training he had been throwing up at every training session. His body could not take the rigorous pace his coach had set. At first he threw up after a few rounds. Then as he slowly progressed, he only he threw up at the end of each training. His body screamed in pain at the end of every day. He hated his coach at the end of every day.

In the beginnings of training, his coach had been cruel to him. Insults were thrown at him like nobody’s business. He was told he was an embarrassment. “It’s disgusting to see you not trying when you have so much potential.” His coach had told him numerous times. It is amazing to realise how this managed to motivate him through the insults. He had felt so much hatred towards his coach, and the hatred had pushed him to try harder. In his imagination nothing would be sweeter than to prove that his coach had been wrong. That he was not an embarrassment. He so wanted to get that trophy and flaunt it to his coach. That would be like spitting on his coach’s face.

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White Lies by Jessica Veter

Prompt: a white lie | Word count: 2500 words | Genre: Science Fiction

Three hours north of Hamilton, Cameron ran out of gas.

The old Volvo stalled. Cameron had a moment of disconnect, staring at the fuel gauge as if it might change its mind. The highway rose steadily into the exposed granite of the Canadian Shield; the Volvo’s deceleration was swift. He punched his four-ways, though the road was deserted, and rolled to a stop on the shoulder.

“Damn.”

He felt a surge of disgust. Some escape this was. Cameron got out of the car, stood there. There was no sound except the ding of the car telling him the door was open. He slammed the door shut, and was enveloped by silence. The spring-cool air was still but the promise of summer heat waited in the smell of the trees and the grass.

He took the gas can from the trunk and began to walk.

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