Five 25 Word Stories About Love, Sex and Life | Fiction

25 Word Stories About Love Sex and Life creative writing flash fiction alex clermont writes

Though they only took me thirty minutes to write I love all four out of five of the little stories I submitted to "5x5 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:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.