Coldly Calculating: Give No Quarter
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
While there is some speculation about the meaning and origins of the phrase “give no quarter,” the consensus is that it’s not good. Generally, this indicated a death sentence. A quarter given would be a reprieve, a sentence to be carried out. For this week’s challenge, I want you to work in a situation for your MC in which there is no quarter given for someone. Is your MC is hot water? Or maybe someone they love is? Exaggerate it, make it ridiculously large. I like it dark, don’t be afraid to push the envelope.
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!
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