Coldly Calculating: Fifth Column

Coldly Calculating: Fifth Column

February 15, 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

During the Spanish Civil War, in 1936, nationalist General Emilio MolaI claimed he would be invading the city of Madrid with four columns of troops. He further insinuated he had a fifth column of troops already inside of Madrid awaiting the invasion. The whole tale reads like another version of the Trojan Horse. Hit from the inside out. Is your MC a traitor on the inside waiting for the big hit? Or is your MC on the outside, prepared to make a hit with treasonous intel and support?  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. 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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