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For the uninitiated, legend holds that it was Ernest Hemingway who penned that six-word tale which for years now has inspired writers to attempt their own succinct masterpieces. Also called flash fiction, these diminutive novels can be clever and often inspirational.
Like those that be found over at unbolt.me where we came across #25 which we found irresistibly evocative.
Her silhouette makes a cello envious.
The author may not have been conjuring Lauren Bacall or Josephine Baker as we did – remarkably English isn’t even her native tongue – but we thought it just dripped with 1920’s Pulp Noir appeal. After all, it is what is left to the imagination, wherein the beauty of the Six-Word Story lies.
A dark, step-down, uptown jazz club. Our hero steps out of the rain. His usual is waiting for him. “What time does he come, Sam?”. The Chesterfield bouncing on his lip. “He’s not here tonight, Mr Charles.” His eyes gestured toward the piano. Turning just as she stepped downstage. His type: brunettes with wicked jaws. The first notes started to play. Just one look, so long ago. Nick knew he would never leave. He knew she was something different. She still sings like that violin. Her silhouette …
Yeah, we know that is multiple six-word stories, but it can be surprisingly challenging. Try your hand at your own six-word tale. You can check out Tetiana and Tony’s work over at unbolt.me for some inspiration and then submit your own to the award-winning Smith Magazine’s Six Word Memoir project. Special thanks to the authors for the inspiration.