Fogged – Author’s Notes

After the response I got to my story A Mother’s Love? I thought I would share another one of my pieces. Fogged is a different kind of short story because it is only 49 words long:

Fogged

The two women sat opposite each other, hidden from the street by a fogged window. One does all the talking, husband, children. She says nothing important, nothing that will help the other form the words she has been trying to say since they met. “I think I love you.”

Image from January's 50 Word Fiction Competition

Fogged is my entry into the Scottish Book Trust’s 50 Word Fiction Competition. Sadly I didn’t win but you can read the winning entry here.

The way the competition works is that each month the Scottish Book Trust give you a prompt to inspire you. On the right is the prompt that helped to create Fogged.

To be honest, most of the work was done by this picture as it shows two women who look like they are talking to each other. The use of the word fogged came from the out of focus nature of the photo. Even the possible double meaning of the word fogged was a happy accident. I only know of it now thanks to my friend Eric who noticed it in the first place. Indeed it is called Fogged because I needed a title at short notice and I liked the word.

The ending is all my own and is there because I like a twist in my short stories or something that at least makes you think. I think there is nothing worse than reading a story and at the end going, “and the point of that was?”

Let me know what you think of Fogged or post your own 50 short stories below!

Fogged – a story in 50 words by @The_Red_Fleece (tweet this tale)

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