Writing 101 – Day 5: Be Brief

Today’s Prompt: You stumble upon a random letter on the path.You read it. It affects you deeply, and you wish it could be returned to the person to which it’s addressed. Write a story about this encounter.

Today’s twist: Approach this post in as few words as possible.

A windy day. As she hurries along the street, a piece of paper catches on her skirt. It’s September, 1945. She begins to read…

21st July, 1941.
Dear Mother,
The light is fading, I’ll write as much as I can. The pencil is blunt, and the stench in this bunker is unbearable. Thanks for the woollen socks, the lads are jealous of my warm feet! Bonza lot of lads here, Mother. You’d invite them all over for Sunday roast and a piece of your bread n butter pud. How I miss the sounds and smells of home. I want to say now, how much I love and miss you all, even though I never say it.
Your loving Son, Francis Butler.

The saltiness of her tears sting her eyes, as she sees the address is just four doors away from where she stands.


4 thoughts on “Writing 101 – Day 5: Be Brief

  1. Great imagery about the bunker and his mates and him missing the sounds and smells of home. Let’s hope he did make it home and he is there when she returns the letter.

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