Next time

Today I leaned that wordpress has a weekly writing challenge. This week’s writing challenge is to write a story in only fifty words. Fifty words is nothing, so I figured I’d give it a shot. I have a tendency to write one word at a time, not thinking about what I’m trying to say, and learning my own point only at the end when a read through the rambles. A fifty word story forces me to consider each and every word, to make them count. Here’s what I came up with.

She stared out at the ocean, listening to the waves. Each time one washed to shore, it whispered to her. “Next time” they sighed. It was a threat, a consolation, a promise. The crashing got louder, until the world fell away and it was all she could hear. “Next time.”