Your Story #86: Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo above. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story 86! Here are the results. The top 10 winners are as follows:


1. As she watched his shadow dance between the trees, the girl never could have guessed the boy was dead.
(B.E. Van de Veire)

2. Lisetta was startled at how the trees appeared so much taller, stronger, more vibrant, than they did from her window in the asylum.
(Kevin Neill)

3. Though taller and warmer, she still felt like the cold, confused little girl with panicked eyes found clinging to a tree trunk 10 years earlier.
(Erin Schreiner)

4. The wolf never came.
(Vanessa Santos)

5. She breathed in the mossy loam of the French forest that buried her ancestors a century ago, her crimson coat echoing their shed blood.
(Katherine Benfante)

6. Even a year after her encounter with the wolf, for Red the nightmares continued.
(Eric Hanson)

7. Suffocated by what she saw hanging in the tree, Stephanie took an involuntary step back, knowing she had caused it.
(Jeannette Harris)

8. The scientists had done an amazing job, but she would have given anything to be standing in a forest on Earth.
(Sarah Twemlow)

9. Frost was wrong.
(Deb Redmond)

10. I’ve often felt alone, abandoned, but I didn’t truly know what solitude was until everyone I knew was turned into a tree.
(Olivier Savard)

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39 thoughts on “Your Story #86: Winners!

  1. Jackie O

    F. I want to know how a little girl ended in the forest, cold, scared, and clinging to the tree. I want to know why as an adult, the woman returned to the place that was so terrifying.

  2. Klefferson Leroy

    D. “The wolf never came.” I like that the writer is using the photo as a setting for something that should’ve occurred. What that “should’ve” is I want to know.

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