Coldly Calculating: My Better Half

Coldly Calculating: My Better Half

January 18, 2017 Coldly Calculating Writing Prompts 0


A.L. Mabry 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



The term, “my better half,” was used by the Roman poet Horace and later by Statius to refer to a close friend. Now, it generally means a spouse of significant other. It is also used sarcastically or in reverence to a spouse. Paint me a scene with a dark character contrasted against their better half. How does he/she keep your character grounded? Can this better half keep them from spiraling? I like it dark, don’t be afraid to push the envelope.

The rules are simple:

  1. Read the prompt and the history behind the phrase.
  2. Write a story 700 words or less answering the challenge.
  3. 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.
  4. Please keep your stories pg-13 or under since this is a public page. Add trigger warnings where necessary. Keep vulgarity to a minimum.
  5. Have FUN!
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Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!





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