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    Lightbulb The Two-Sentence Story Exercise

    I'm sure you've come across a link that leads you to several two-sentence horror stories, where people try to elicit horror within the very short range of two sentences. One of my favorites has to be:


    The last man on earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock at the door.


    Two very simple sentences, but put together, they form a very clear scene and the makings of an interesting plot. It leaves you with many questions: Why was he the last man on Earth? Why was he in a room? Who or what was knocking? How did the man feel? What happened next? That sense of mystery and ambiguity is, in my opinion, what makes this particular story successful.

    As an exercise for all of us, let's all try to make the best two-sentence stories we could think of. It doesn't have to be horror - it can be any genre, theme, or subject that you want, as long as you can deliver a story in two sentences. It can be a two-sentence version of any of your current or future fics, or it can be a two-sentence version of an idea that's been bugging you in your head, or it can be two random sentences you've put together to form an amazing story. Whatever it is, it could possibly help your fellow SppF writer out of a plothole, or it could inspire someone to write an entire story out of it!

    Let me start it off with this one, which I really only put together because I'd feel bad if I started this thread without giving one of my own:


    His shopping list was short and simple: "pens, stationery, rope, medication." He bought everything except for the medication.


    Really sloppy, but it sort-of represents this story idea I've had for a month now which I've temporarily shelved because of the Alpha and Omega contest. XD

    Can you do better? Of course you can! Show us your amazing two-sentence stories!

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    P.S.: I made a similar thread almost four years ago, but instead of two-sentence stories, it focused on six-word stories. If you need even more inspiration, or if you want to take a look at the awesome six-word stories that some members made almost four years ago, go ahead and click the link above!
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    Sounds interesting. My two-sentence story:

    A loud boom was heard all across the planet. Earth was being flung away from its dying star, never to return again.
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    He suddenly realized it wasn't just himself who was a dragon in disguise. He looked up and put together the facts that made it clear that every human, even the guy by the door, the girl at the table, the old man at the bar, every single person walking outside and the rest of the other seven billion people on the planet were all still using the ancient disguise passed down so many years ago and no one even knew about it anymore.

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    And then this popped into my head:
    The judge died quietly in his sleep, and the coroners never figured out how. His wife, meanwhile, quietly took their daughter out of the country and taught her how to forget all the sleepless nights she had with Daddy.

    And another:
    After a long day at work, it's nice to come home and hear the welcoming bark of a doberman. Unless, of course, you don't own a dog.

    And one other:
    After a long day at work, it's nice to come home and hear the welcoming bark of a doberman. That's why you kill it first.
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    Okay, these are going to be some of my new attempts at two-sentence stories.

    I looked into the darkness, and confirmed that there was nothing watching me, no monster, no alien, no murderer. Instead, the cold black eyes of the darkness were watching me.

    People were staring in my direction, looking behind me in a horrified daze. I turned around and saw a blood stained corpse; my body.

    It slowly advanced towards me, crawling ever so quickly down the infinite hallway. I tried to calm myself down by thinking that it is only dream, when I remembered that I part of someone else's dream, and couldn't save myself.

    He knew he was coming towards the end of his story. What he didn't know was when the last sentence of this novel would come, and the last word would end his manipulated life controlled by the writer.
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    He supposed a sane, rational person ought to be having some regrets right about now. But it didn't matter anyway, the drop wasn't long enough for that.

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    "Tiger snake bites aren't lethal, right?"

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    She sat in the dim lit, looking at her hands as cold tears rolled down her face. Screams from the other room broke the silence, the girl now worried if she is next.

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    The happy couple entered the cinema, hands tightly held together. They left separated, the ironically-sweet popcorn now scattered through their hair.

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    Hm, let me try this out too. I want to get a bit into writing again ^^.

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    The second to the last time he said "I love you" to her was after she caught him bringing home another girl's underwear. The last time was right before she shot the gun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Avenger Angel View Post
    He suddenly realized it wasn't just himself who was a dragon in disguise. He looked up and put together the facts that made it clear that every human, even the guy by the door, the girl at the table, the old man at the bar, every single person walking outside and the rest of the other seven billion people on the planet were all still using the ancient disguise passed down so many years ago and no one even knew about it anymore.
    CONSPIRACY. /sorry
    That actually sounds like an interesting idea for a full-fleshed story!

    Let me just think of something... Hey, how about something from this unwritten Zelda fanfic that's been in my head for who-knows-how-long!
    I was told, later on, under the sunset sky, that he would return one day. But when he did...

    No matter how great the distance is between us… Even if we never meet again… Our hearts will always be together.
    I will always be with you even in spirit. Forever and ever.

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    "What's that behind you?"

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    "So, old pal, what favour did you wish to ask me?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chibi_Muffin View Post
    "So, old pal, what favour did you wish to ask me?"

    "Can you please stop murdering people?"
    Sorry, but I have to do this. "Caaaaaaaaaaaarl!"

    Anyhoo:

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