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To Speak for Herself: A 99-word Story

The Dancer by Pierre-Auguste Renoir [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Dancer by Pierre-Auguste Renoir [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Here’s another little 99-word story for this week’s Carrot Ranch flash fiction challenge, on the topic of sound. This story is inspired by the life of a good friend of mine.

“You’re too fat.”

“Stop being a baby.”

“Cut that out right now. We’re Christians. We don’t do dance moves like that.”

“Why can’t you be more like your sister?”

“I don’t want you hanging around with that kid anymore.”

Throughout her childhood she heard the sound of criticism and felt the stabbing silence of her unspoken replies.

But finally she grew old enough to escape the din. In the struggle-filled freedom of adulthood, the words she never spoke, buried deep inside her, began to softly whisper their presence.

Now she’s learning what it sounds like to speak for herself.


9 comments on “To Speak for Herself: A 99-word Story

  1. Sarah Brentyn
    August 9, 2016

    Ah! Sounds of criticism and speaking up for yourself. I love the direction you’ve taken with this prompt. Brilliant. (And good for your friend who has learned to speak for herself.) ❤


    • Sarrah J. Woods
      August 12, 2016

      Thanks, Sarah! It was just the first thing that came to mind, actually. I liked your story this week, too…I will hop over on your blog and say that there. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. emilievardaman
    August 9, 2016

    I love this one!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Charli Mills
    August 10, 2016

    “The stabbing silence” of one not allowed a voice. How sweet the expression must sound like now! I like where you went with the prompt!

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  5. Norah
    August 11, 2016

    Love it! It’s so important to speak for oneself. I’m pleased she was able to do that. So often the words of others drown our own and we end up speaking theirs as if they are all we know. It’s nice to see a positive conclusion.


    • Sarrah J. Woods
      August 12, 2016

      Thanks, Norah, glad you liked it! You are so right about how easy it is to let other people’s words become our own until we have no voice of our own, no individual thoughts, because we have let ourselves be trampled on. It’s hard but so crucial to learn to stand up for our own truth. But I think the more we do it, the easier it gets.

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