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  It's always a good thing to change what you're doing every now and then and try something different. So, if you're going to write 50 word stories in response to the daily post prompt, try something new. How about a story about Donald Trump as a Dickensian character? It's a test.  

NUNQUAM CEDE

  The Black Knight is not a quitter. It says so on his family coat of arms, 'Never Give Up' it says, in Latin, 'NUNQUAM CEDE' and he is damned if he is going to let the side down. It is true, he's legless and armless, but finished?  He disagrees.

Dilemma

  Should I stay or should I go? Max is humming The Clash song, windows shatter and doors pop off their hinges,  as the house collapses around him, but he can't resist delighting in the plight of his neighbour with whom life is a constant competition. This is  a real dilemma.

Pretend

  She crawls in through the bathroom window, her parkour skills are finely honed. All she has to do is slip out of her jumpsuit into her cocktail dress and she's ready to party. 'Hey, babe, fancy threads. You look like a spy.' Oh, shit, she thinks, my date, 'Let's pretend.'

Panic

  She was sitting on the train when she heard it, the 6.30 bonecrusher, sardines with slippy hands and leaking earphones right in her face, that tune. Now she couldn't get rid of it, like she'd stepped in dogshit before standing in an elevator. She wanted to scream, what's its name? Panic.

Generous

  I've been here all day, for whatever's sake, I wasn't willing to say because then it would be taking sides and then how much business would I lose? No, better stay in the middle ground, do what I  do, even if prices are higher. Who ever heard of being generous?

Sly, the Sloth, busts a move

  Exertion was not in Sly's lexicon, indeed, it was an alien concept, to boot. He liked to hang out and move, very slowly. Now, although a vegan,but not choosy, he couldn't resist the banana leaves left on the trail. So, a skip and a jump, he had them. No-one saw him.

Stylish

Stumbling, stepping out of bed, the hotel's by the sea but for a moment, he thinks he's adrift. A day at the races and one more to go, he dresses hurriedly, in the dark, styled by Ray Charles, he imagines. He's chosen best dressed, very stylish, they say. Crazy, he thinks.

Is “Show Don’t Tell” a Universal Truth or a Colonial Relic?

 Namrata Poddar on the Western Preference for Visual Over Oral Storytelling - Literary Hub Recently, I transitioned from a world of transnational literary criticism into a predominantly white American creative writing workshop culture. As I moved from one fledgling story draft to another, the comments I received most consistently as feedback in my workshop seemed…Read more Is “Show Don’t Tell” a Universal Truth or a Colonial Relic?