My Favorite Short Stories of 2017 – August

August is usually a month for vacations and whatnot but I kept busy every single day of last year writing 55-Words stories. If you clicked on this post, I’m sure you’re dying to know what were my favorite pieces of August 2017, but before we move on to that, I hope you’ve been keeping up with the other posts in this retrospective. If not, check out my favorites of January, FebruaryMarchAprilMay, June, and July first.

Okay, it appears you’re ready to go so let’s get on with it.

The first piece is the following:

Inner Voice

“You need to write a story in fifty-five words.”
“I know.”
“It must have female dominance and mind control at its core.”
“True.”
“The four preceding lines had a total of twenty-three words.”
“Really?”
“You’ve reached thirty-eight now.”
“Okay.”
“Only thirteen left.”
“Huh?”
“Eleven.”
“Sneaky countdown, huh?”
“Perhaps. Seven.”
“Six?”
“Just finish already.”
“Yes, Muse.”

Why I like it:

Written on August 3rd, Inner Voice is self-referential in a way, and it also breaks the fourth wall. I like both of those things, and I particularly like combining them. I also sneaky countdowns as well and this piece has one too. With all things considered, how could I not choose it as one of my favorites? I couldn’t, right? That is why I did what I had to do.

The second piece is the following:

Good Point

“I’m telling you, she spiked my breakfast!”
“Your wife isn’t drugging you, Derrick,” Andrew interjected while Charles sniggered.
“You’re wrong and I can prove it.”
“How?” Charles intervened.
“I spent the whole day cleaning the house afterward. Why would I do that?”
“Good point,” both conceded.
“Lunch’s ready!” Natalie grinned.
But no one was hungry.

Why I like it:

Written on August 17th, Good Point turns a masculine “dreaded affair” into a bit of fetish fun. There’s really nothing wrong with housework obviously but if I had gone that way, the story wouldn’t have been written. I like the dry humor in it, especially because things are merely implied and there’s never a confirmation if things actually happened or not. Up to you, really.

The third (and last) piece is the following:

All of It

Kafka’s words echoed inside Jonah’s mind as he stared into Rachel’s eyes.
“You are at once both the quiet and the confusion of my heart,” he repeated them out loud.
“What do you prefer most?” She inquired as she continued to weave her spell.
“All of it,” he exhaled sleepy surrender before drifting into silence.

Why I like it:

Written on August 30th, All of It greatly appeals to the romantic side of me. Seeing I love to play with quotes as well, this piece offers a combination like no other. I really enjoy that Kafka line as evidenced by the fact I built this one around that. I hope you like it as well.

What about you? Do you have any favorites you would like to share with me? Use this link as a reminder of all I’ve produced in August 2017 and let me know your thoughts in the comments. No observation will go unanswered. Looking forward to hearing from you.


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Thank you in advance.

S.B.

Middle name Creative. Writer and artist with a penchant for themes of Female Domination, Hypnosis and Mind Control. My thoughts are my own except when they're not.

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