99-Word Stories

‘Shine a Light’: A Story in 99 Words

Dusk dissolved into the hungry night. Night fed into dawn. Dawn became day. In the space of 24 hours the planet had undergone a revolution. The cold light of day shined upon the smoking ruins and gore-strewn streets, revealing the new world. Watery grey light washed over the city. The horrors that had been obscured […]


‘Visit’: A story in 99 words

Gusts of wind moaned through the skeletal trees, scattering the burnt-orange leaves across the graves. “That time of year again, Frank?” “Yep.” “Same as last year?” “Same as every year, Harry.” “Hmm.” The wind wailed between the headstones, shrieking like a ghoul. Harry cleared his throat. “Well… maybe they forgot?” “Twenty-seven years in a row?” […]

‘Dorsal’: A story in 99 words

The whole world seemed to hold its breath. A calm fell across the ocean, silencing the whispering waves and the crying gulls. The waters around her were dark grey; murky and gloomy. She knew that the aquatic tranquillity was false – a temporary peace. She trod the water, suspended between two ticks in time. The […]

‘Good Boy’: A story in 99 words

During the days they walked, the man and his dog, searching for food, clean water, and shelter for the evening. They also searched for other survivors in the rubble, but were yet to find anything alive. At night, they hid, and took refuge from the things that stalked the twilight for prey. They slept sporadically, […]

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