Left Behind

As the dirt hit the coffin, Janice flicked away the tear that stubbornly sneaked down her face. Her fingers gripped and released the prescription bottle in her pocket.

“See you soon, lover,” she whispered.


It’s a Trifextra weekend,with requirements to write a 33-word explanation of what scares you (or your character).

Feel free to share your honest thoughts in a comment.

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Stephanie Ayers

Executive Creative Director at Our Write Side/OWS Ink, LLC
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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54 thoughts on “Left Behind”

  1. Renee TennisMcKinley (@2old2tap) says:

    Scary in more ways than one! Well done, SAM

    1. SAM says:

      Thanks, Renee!

  2. joetwo says:

    That is so sad. Very powerful.

    1. SAM says:

      Thanks, Joe

  3. Kir Piccini says:

    Oh SAM, wow. I could feel that bottle between my fingers.
    Hoping she wasn’t his demise in the first place 😉

    you drew such an incredible story with just 33 words, but then again you always do that.

    1. SAM says:

      Thanks, Kir. You’ve always been my loudest cheerleader.

      1. Kir Piccini says:

        and I always WILL BE. (because you’re talented and I love telling people that)

        1. SAM says:

          Hmm, we’ll see–I mean about the talented part, LOL.

          1. Kir Piccini says:

            I already KNOW you’re talented. 🙂

  4. Lance says:

    damn, scary, emotional, and dramatic. I loved it. so dark.

    1. SAM says:

      Thanks, Lance.

  5. Grace Black says:

    Well done! Deliciously dark.

    1. SAM says:

      Thanks, Grace!

  6. howanxious says:

    Whoop… dark and mysterious. Liked it.

    1. SAM says:

      Thanks, HA

  7. Quickstepp says:

    I agree, this could be read two ways. And both of them are scarey!

    1. SAM says:


  8. jannatwrites says:

    This feels like a Romeo and Juliet situation. She fears being alone and plans to join him. Sad.

    1. SAM says:

      Yes, you got it.

  9. lumdog says:

    Tragic, but it seems so real. Well written.

    1. SAM says:

      Well written is quite a compliment. Thank you, sir.

  10. KymmInBarcelona says:

    Hmm I know that feeling.
    Always scary for those left behind.

    1. SAM says:

      I do too! Thanks for stopping in!

  11. Diane Turner says:

    Looks like she’ll be joining him very soon. Excellent piece. Thanks for sharing.

    1. SAM says:

      Thanks for reading!

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  14. @annbennett12 says:

    Ouch, not a good move Janice. Good response to the challenge.

    1. SAM says:

      Thanks, Ann!

  15. Draug419 says:

    So sad…

  16. Tina says:

    Facing life without the one you love? Very scary!

    1. SAM says:

      It is incredibly scary!

  17. Glynis says:

    I could feel that bottle in my hand, wonderfully rendered!

    1. SAM says:

      Oh good. I hoped so. Thanks!

  18. mademoisellemv says:

    Beautifully written! and so sad!

    1. SAM says:


  19. trifectawriting says:

    The position of being afraid to be alone is certainly a common one. I loved the way you conveyed it. Thanks for linking up. Don’t forget to vote.

    1. SAM says:

      Thanks for the feedback!

  20. Wordifull Melanie says:

    So very sad…

    1. SAM says:

      It is but I can’t help but love those stories about old couples dying within days of each other. I just have to put my own spin on things, LOL.

  21. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says:

    A fear .. and a solution.. well written

    1. SAM says:

      THanks, Bjorn!

  22. thewizardsword says:

    Powerful piece and nicely done!

    1. SAM says:

      What a nice compliment. Thank you!

  23. Polysyllabic Profundities says:

    That is so sad, but well written.

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  24. Bastet says:

    very sad, and yes pretty scary…you wrote that very well!

    1. SAM says:

      Thanks for taking time to read and comment!

      1. Bastet says:

        I did try to read as many as possible, your piece stopped me short, unfortunately my Mom has had to face this, your particular fear recently. Well written.

        1. SAM says:

          Oh no! I’m so sorry your mom had to face this.

          1. Bastet says:

            She’s held up well, but it was so sad as they were very attached. Thanks.

  25. plumbum says:

    This fear, too, I recognise. Hope it never happens to me, but if it does not, then it happens to him – and would I wish that? No. I do not believe that I could have expressed this with eloquence in 33 words. Well done.

    1. SAM says:

      I’m with you. I hope it never happens to me, either. Thank you for stopping in and reading!

  26. troy P. says:

    Now THAT truly was scary – on all sorts of levels. Great job, dear!

    1. SAM says:

      Thank you, sir.

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