It wasn’t the first time but she couldn’t say it hurt less now. Those spaces in time when red took over and colored itself in welts on her son’s tender skin. His whimpers hurt her. Every single time.

Wrote this in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge for the weekend-to write a 33 word story starting with ‘It wasn’t the first time’. You can check out all the entries at

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12 Responses to Hurt

  1. Libby says:

    Aw…you really brought us into the story in only 33 words. I feel sorry for the mother and child.

  2. Dan says:

    Heartbreaking. Well done.

  3. Neetika says:

    if i hadn’t read this, i wouldn’t have believed its possible to write anything (much less a story) in 33 words! good going! 🙂

  4. trifectawriting says:

    Thanks for contributing to Trifextra this weekend. I really enjoyed this piece. You did a great job giving us a full story in a tiny space. Hope to see you back soon.

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