Coldly Calculating: Third Time Lucky
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
Like many of the colloquial phrases we share, this one has several disputed origins. For the sake of this prompt will go with the explanation based on the old sentiment where a person who survived hanging three times would be set free (circa late 1800’s). Paint me a scene where your MC finds themselves in the same situation repeatedly, with the third time haven’t a different outcome. that it is based on 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.
- Add trigger warnings where necessary. Keep vulgarity to a minimum.
- Have FUN!
Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!
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