Coldly Calculating: Fifth Wheel

Coldly Calculating: Fifth Wheel

June 14, 2017 Coldly Calculating Writing Prompts 0

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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

Of course, many people know the fifth wheel refers to the spare tire in a four wheel vehicle. It’s not needed in and of itself, but it’s there just in case. Write a scene with one or two obviously important characters. Include a tertiary character and keep them noticeable but insignificant until near the end of the scene. Something, or someone, shoots your fifth wheel into the spotlight. Who? Why? 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. Add trigger warnings where necessary. Keep vulgarity to a minimum.
  5. Have FUN!
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