In Time: The Stranger

This immediately follows Amnesia.

Before she could ask any questions, Father Lee waved his wrist and the scenery changed. They were inside a small house she didn’t recognize. He held his fingers over her lips, making a shushing sound, as Nieve appeared in front of them.

“Take her to change, then show her her orders,” he said dismissively. Viola balked, but Nieve pushed her on knowing she had no strength to fight. Within moments, they entered a small dressing room. A large mirror gave Viola a glimpse of herself. Horror overwhelmed her when she realized she didn’t recognize the stranger looking back at her.


This week’s 100 Word Song was The Stranger by Billy Joel. There’s more to this story, but the rules are only 100 words, not 99 or 101, and certainly not the 400 or 500 it might take to complete this scene.

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A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.
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6 thoughts on “In Time: The Stranger”

  1. Carrie says:

    ahhh, well at least now we know why she turned on Cage initially and THEN ended up kicking the crap out of Father Lee and Nieve later. Damn the amnesia

    1. SAM says:

      Hahaha. I love that you know these characters so well. That means I’m doing something right. There’s more in store, as Father Lee is not done with her yet, but it will have to wait til next week. 😉

      1. Carrie says:

        sometimes I think I have the same issues as poor viola but not this time 😉

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  4. Lance says:


    Viola needs to be emboldened by this moment. Usually a line like your last one is cliche, but for her, in this great story, it’s perfect. well done 100

    1. SAM says:

      I’m glad you like this story.

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