Cut the Strings by Irina Maks

Prompt: Cut the strings | Word count: 1000 | Genre: Drama

“What the fuck just happened? Why isn’t he answering me? Fucking piece of shit, I know this would happen, I just knew it! Fucking liar. I hate this thing, why did I let myself go through this mess again? I knew, deep down I just knew it will end up this badly, he was so unsure when we talked about the future, and every little thing we did to make a step forward. He was always in a thinking process, like a retard, fucking hell, the shit left me, I cannot believe it Karen, the shit just left me.” – Stacy is going mad. She is talking with her friend on the phone, and walking all over the place. She can’t stay still, she is messy, her hair is everywhere and she looks as she had been crying for a while.

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Cut the strings by Vic Ribeiro

Prompt: Cut the strings | Word Count: 1000 | Genre: Drama

Warning: Might upset sensitive readers.

I stepped out of the car and glanced at the gathering clouds. It was supposed to be a bright sunny day, filled with joy. The vice squeezed down on my heart. I felt numb, yet there was a hole in the fabric of my being. I put my right hand on my chest and detected a faint rhythmic thump. Darkness threatened to erase my vision and my eyes were burning.

Shape up, Dan, I softly ordered myself. You can trip out later, just get through this.

My feet moved to the sidewalk, on auto pilot. I blinked away the tears and looked for the entrance. The sounds of children laughing bombarded my senses. It felt like a physical assault and I wanted to reel away from it, but clenched my jaw and willed myself to put a hand on the gate.

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Hanging On by Brittany Meyer

Prompt: Cutting the Strings I Word Count: 1000 I Genre: Fiction

“You cheated on me.”

“It didn’t mean anything-” Jack started, the whine in his voice growing more and more apparent. What was he, five?

“You know what? I’m done. I can’t do this anymore. Don’t come back here. I have to go to work.” Sarah shook her head as if she could push away the tears, and hung up the phone. She stood for a moment, her feet rooted to the linoleum curling up at the edges. If you looked closely, you could see her trembling, but if it stemmed from fear or anger, only God knew.

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The tower, the voices, and the red balloon by Tricia Everaert

Prompt: Cut the strings | Word count: 1000 | Genre: Fiction

The room was round. The cool stone wall at her back was curved so the room must be round. She knew if she opened her eyes she would see one large window and an open vista beyond. She knew the deep window seat carved into the thick wall would be worn smooth from time and much use. The room would be softly lit as if from a gentle fire or a dozen candles, but she would never find the actual source of light or warmth. It was always this: emptiness and silence in a high stone tower.

She knew her name was Nicole. She knew when she opened her eyes she would be drawn to the window and when she looked down she would see trees and a garden and a maze. She would hear voices, and they would lure her out of the room, and she would find herself in the garden or under the trees. She never saw a door or stairs or knew how she got out of the room in the tower.

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Don’t Cut the Strings by Sarah Muzaffar

Prompt: Cut the strings | Word count: 1000 words | Genre: Drama

Gibran paced the floors of the Big Mall, checking in and out of every shoe store. He couldn’t find it, nothing even similar to it. But he kept looking, determined not to give up.

”It’s okay if you don’t find it” his wife placed her hand on his shoulder ”we will get her another pair.”

”No. She said she would like to have the same ones, the ones she whatsapped me.”

”This is the only mall left. We have been all across the city searching for her Cinderella shoes.”

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Grace by Cheryl Rush Cowperthwait

Prompt: Cut The Strings | Word Count: 1000 | Genre:

“We should go get her…”

“No. Not just yet. She may… She may still adapt.”

It was a beautiful autumn late morning where the chill was gently pushed aside with the warmth of the sunshine slanting through the trees. A slight breeze stirred the leaves, coaxing them to join the dance. Grace inhaled the fresh air as she tossed her scarf over her shoulder. A monarch butterfly dodged past, her eyes smiled and followed its bobbing journey across the road.

A green pickup truck whizzed close by and made gruesome contact with the butterfly. In that second, Grace crumpled to the ground. Her scarf caught in the breeze, tossed to the gutter like broken wings.

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Break Out by J.S. Veter

Prompt: Cut the Strings | Word count: 1000 words exactly | Genre: Science Fiction

The spider hadn’t eaten for three days. She hung at the centre of her web. Waiting. Cameron practised being like the spider. Not easy.

Not easy with that tank looming beside him. Hardly custom built (this wasn’t Hollywood, Coffrey had joked), it was an old hyperbaric chamber from the 60s. Robust enough, Coffrey promised, to contain what was going to happen to Cameron. The hatch at one end hung open, a threat of a sort. The collar Cameron wore had been tightened yesterday.

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Freedom by Moira le Roux

Prompt: Cut the strings | Word count:  1000 words | Genre: Memoir

Years ago, when I was twenty-four years old, there were still building societies in South Africa. I had worked for The Perm Building Society for five years, and I was bored beyond belief. I had always received an ‘A’ for accountancy at school, so although I hated it, my parents pushed me into banks and building societies from when I left school. I hated every moment of it. I was promoted to the hardest job, but it was still so boring I felt like chewing my arms off to escape. I resigned often, but was always talked out of it by management, as I didn’t really know what else to do. I had to earn money for my cigarettes and the vast quantities of alcohol I consumed after hours.

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Silver Waters by Rachel Grise

Prompt: Cut the Strings I Word Count: exactly 1000 I Genre: General Fic

Warning: a tiny bit of foul language

Betty sat at the dressing table, guitar positioned on her lap like a shield, and stared into the mirror at the two men behind her.

Despite the great show, Rodney and Cord were glaring at each other like a couple alley cats. When the rest of the band; Steve, Bobby, and Fred, entered the room, the yelling began.

“I thought we agreed–” Cord started, but Rodney cut him off, “No one agreed to anything, Cord. You commanded and we didn’t listen!”

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Moving Out by Zita Fogarty

Prompt: Cut the Strings | Word count: 1000 | Genre: Adult Fiction

You know that if you follow through with this, you will be cutting all ties with the family?

I had walked into an argument in the kitchen between Mum, Dad and Lily. It was about her moving out with me.

Dad had just returned home from a long haul flight for work which probably didn’t help; I could see the exhaustion in his face.

Lily’s the only one in the family who knows I’m gay. We’re pretty tight.

I knew how desperate she was to leave home. At 19, she thought she was old enough to look after herself. The fights between her and our dad Sean were becoming unbearable, especially for Hazel, our mum.

It’s just because I’m a girl. You can’t cope with me growing up.

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