Challenge – ‘Story in less than 100 words’

Today I’m pleased to welcome another Swanwick Writer, Tiggy Hayes, who has taken up the challenge to write ‘a story in less than one hundred words. Tiggy’s response comes in the form of Thorben. You can read Thorben below.

Thorben Tiggy Hages correct one

He hadn’t been known as Thorben for years.

He hung up. He’d denied it on the phone. A cold shiver ran down his spine. Thorben was dead; he lay with friends in a graveyard near Ypres.

Elsie was the only one who knew, and now she was dead. She’d guessed his deceit, but their relationship had always been a complex triangle.

Elsie was in the family way when they had gone off to war. Arthur had died, and Thorben’s face was injured enough to take on his friend’s identity.

Now someone knew.

92 words


Ooh, I liked that. What did you think? 

You can find out more about Tiggy and her writing by visiting her website




2 thoughts on “Challenge – ‘Story in less than 100 words’

  1. Anita September 1, 2019 / 8:23 pm

    So many undertones and intrigue in so few words. Brilliant.


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