Flash Fiction: “6-Word Stories”

It’s not known for certain, but the story goes that Ernest Hemingway was once asked to write a short story using only 6 words, for which he gave the response:

“For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”

In that spirit, I’ve decided to let my brain run on autopilot and give you a slew of 6-word stories, just as other writers have done before me.

Enjoy.


6-Word Stories, by Alexander Paul Willging

The Tannhauser Gate has fallen, sir.

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Adios, Sancho. See you next Revolution.

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Operation failed. Brain MIA. Lawsuit pending.

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Luke knelt. “What is thy bidding?”

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Sorry, Reaper. Party died hours ago.

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Alternate universe. President McGovern launches missiles.

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Her final thought: “Paris, at last…”

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I took the shot. Everyone screamed.

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Weeping, I said “I love you.

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Surprise! We didn’t part after death.

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Remember, son, my cameras are everywhere.

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Girl—then guy—of my dreams.

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Mr. President? Russia’s quiet, as planned.

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I’ll always remember her. Burning. Smiling.


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