Fifty Word Wednesday: FD

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I started a personal challenge to write a story that is exactly 50 words! Thank you, Boy with a Hat. Not that he set up a formal challenge, but it was his idea. And his writing is worth checking out. So please click the link and find out what he’s up to. If you want to begin at my beginning, click here or search in the side panel with the words, “fifty word.”

This week I’m piggybacking on Lady Jabberwocky’s prompt “Describe your antagonist. “ FD is a minor character who I mentioned last week. As a result of last week’s prompt, FD and Hal merged into one character. Have you ever had too many characters in your story? A constant problem for me.

I thank my good friend, Diane, for suggesting I set up a formal Challenge. Almost everything she writes makes me smile. (Except when she makes me cry.) Check out her blog at “On the Border.”

FD thumbs the stump of his cropped ring and pinky fingers.

“Did you lose them in battle?” Ephraim asks.

“Lose what?”

“Your fingers.”

“Born without ‘em.” FD’s eyes meet Ephraim’s. “I’m pruned. Just like my name. The letters don’t mean nothin’.”

“Chameleon,” offers Ephraim.  

FD crookedly grins a three-fingered salute.

Wednesdays are super-fun and challenging because paring down to exactly 50 words is really hard.

I never know what’s going to flow directly from my brain to my fingertips and onto the virtual page. Every week it’s a bit of a surprise.

I do love finding out what you think.

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