A Bunch of Fives
Welcome to Coldly Calculating: Writing by the Numbers.
I will be your host each week as we probe the darker corners of your imagination. This series is meant to help feed your mystery/horror muse, so try to give us chills! The prompt is open to interpretation, but try to include the phrase somewhere in your piece.
This week’s prompt is:
Bunch of fives is an idiom that seems to orignate from Pierce Egan’s Boxiana, published in 1821. It literally refers to the fist, the fives are the five fingers. Today I want you to work this little gem into a short scene where your character has gotten into a pickle that is going to land them a shiner. or, jump completely out of the box and put your own spin on it. Remember, I love the darker side of fiction, so don’t be afraid to push the envelope a bit.
The rules are simple:
- Read the prompt and the history behind the phrase.
- Write a story 700 words or less answering the challenge.
- Share the url to your story in the comments OR, if you don’t have your own blog, share your story in the comments. Either way, it will be seen.
- Please keep your stories pg-13 or under since this is a public page. Add trigger warnings where necessary. Keep vulgarity to a minimum.
- Have FUN!
Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!