A love story: 5x5 Fiction – Five 25 Word Stories About Love, Sex and Life

5×5 Fiction – Five 25 Word Stories About Love, Sex and Life

Though they only took me thirty minutes to write I love all four out of five of the little stories I submitted to “5×5 Fiction.” I ran into their site (5x5fiction) during a late night search for journals to submit a short story to, and though it is very independent, with a very small audience, the criteria looked like fun:

“Complete stories… must be exactly 25 words long, told in exactly 5 sentences, with each sentence comprised of exactly 5 words.”

I wrote them quickly enough, submitted them, watched “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths,” then went to sleep.

The result? My second least favorite one got included in the online collection, which made my day. Below are all five:

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“A Love Story”
He said “I love you.” Her response was very different. Years later she married another. He also found someone else. For both, life moved on.

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“The Eighty Percent”
His second job started soon. His alarm clock was waiting. 6:30 was a minute away. He thought about his children. He got up, quietly weeping.

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“Structural Adjustments”
He wanted the gadget badly. It was shinny and expensive. Daddy bought the pretty thing. He was still unhappy though. Somewhere else a child starved.

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“Sex is Not Love”
She wanted it to last. Forever would have been nice. She wanted to be loved. To know she wasn’t alone. Eventually he came, then left.

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“Bytes and Pieces”
He twittered where he was. He facebooked what he wanted. He linkedin for a job. He made verbs from nouns. Eventually he died, entirely friendless.

*Photo Courtesy Simon Bond

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8 Responses to “5×5 Fiction – Five 25 Word Stories About Love, Sex and Life”
  1. Very cool concept and thanks for sharing your stories.

    Out of curiosity, which one was featured?

    I personally appreciated ‘Bytes and Pieces’ and ‘Sex is Not Love’.

    • BTW, I would love to hear what brought you to my site: Twitter, Facebook etc.

      • Found you by perusing the Writing tag. Just happened to stumble across and I’m glad I did. Checked out the 5×5 blog – extremely motivational and I’m excited to participate.

        I’ll be coming back to read some more of your own writing as soon as I get my next dose of caffeine. It’s getting a little late to appreciate good writing.

    • Hi! Thanks for the comments and your appreciation of anything I’ve written. Hopefully the rest of this blog won’t bore you either.

      The Piece featured was “Bytes and Pieces.” I didn’t feel very connected to it, which is why it’s fourth on my list. The others dealt with feeling I had, or had witnessed, in my real life. Especially, “Sex is Not Love.”

      Thanks again for the attention and I hope you come back. : )

  2. Deborah says:

    That seems like a cool exercise that would help in brainstorming for longer projects.

    I can understand why they chose “Bytes and Pieces” (“Sex Is Not Love” would have been a good choice also). You said that you liked the other ones because of the personal connections to them, but I think the last two are written so an outsider can relate to them. The first two are written in a way that you would have to know a back story to fully appreciate them. If you could have stepped outside of yourself and written those, then I think they would have come across better.

    It must have been difficult to write stories with those specific restrictions, but you did a great job with it.

    • Thanks for reading Deb. Your attention is always welcomed :). The editor gave me a similar comment. That they seemed unfinished or “vague.” Oh well… This exercise actually was pretty hard. I found myself deleting a lot of stuff, replacing words etc. Though I like outcome of it all: easily consumable fiction. lol

  3. Jasmine says:

    So freakin’ cool!