A to Z Blogging Challenge Day 3: “C”


CThe unshaven slob shoves my mother aside and slides his Smith & Wesson .38 into my ribs from behind, demanding my wallet.

“How tall are you?” I ask, measuring my enemy without getting a look at him.

“Six-two,” he spits out, “what the hell you need to know that for?”

I ask a second time and he shouts the same answer, belligerent like a coward. I turn and slash him in the gut.

Measure twice, cut once … the mantra’s in my blood – and his now.


I know, I know, I’m groaning too, but I found it irresistible.

If you’re new, April is the A to Z Blogging Challenge. One letter every day except Sundays. Pick your theme. My theme: Six-sentence stories. Hemingway introduced the six-word story. I’m paying him homage with the slightly easier storytelling of six sentences. Come on back tomorrow for “D.” Should be dee-lightful.



9 thoughts on “A to Z Blogging Challenge Day 3: “C”

    1. I wish another rule of thumb was edit twice, write once. I woulda been finished with this ms months ago. Instead it’s write once, edit … well, I don’t know the answer yet.


    1. Thanks, Kate! This blogging challenge is turning out to be more fun than I thought. And I’m getting the sense it’s gonna turn out to be more difficult than I thought too — shoulda given myself an easier assignment!


  1. I’m no carpenter, but this was good–measure twice cut once… ha! 🙂 Yes, write once edit twice for a perfect cut would be nice.


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