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Five Sentence Fiction – Words

7 April, 2013

Thanks as always to Lillie for running the wonderful 5SF, and for this week’s prompt “Words”. You would think this one word more than any other would spark a million ideas, but it didn’t for me. I think my inspiration is off this week. But I’ve given it a stab. Let me know what you think.


Katie pressed her fingernails into her palms, fighting the nerves and the tears the way her big sister had taught her.

She breathed deeply, closed her eyes while she focussed, gathered, calmed; and then opened them again to scan the audience – pupils, teachers and parents from each of the sixteen participating schools staring, waiting, expecting.

Three months had led up to this single question, rounds and heats and semifinals and finals finished here; her answer would win or lose the trophy and a cash award for her and her school, and wouldn’t it have to be a question about definitions?

She breathed again, leant towards the microphone and asked the host, a local newscaster hired for the big day, to repeat the fateful question once more, hoping that a third reading would somehow bring her inspiration, would help her think beyond her fear, her mental block on her worst subject, to an elusive answer.

“What is the meaning,” the host asked clearly, “of the word logophobia?”


  1. Nice one, very good. 🙂

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