Key no. 088


Free Write

Allow the prompt to sink in and inspire you. Shoot for 200+ words. Stretch your imagination and aim for FICTION. Don’t forget to hold yourself accountable and drop it in the comments, then move along with your life.


  1. This time, however, unlike the previous evening when it was the shame of exposure that had crippled his escape, this time it was the shame of success that drove him back into his cell. If he were to go through with this, an unprecedented prison escape, especially for an elderly person, he would leave behind his entire identity and reputation as the inmate most closely and popularly intertwined with the reality of his permanent incarceration. And this late into his life, clutching onto that reality and the social benefits that reputation afforded in the pen was perhaps well worth the sacrifice of his “freedom” and all the associated troubles people in the outside world endure. On the inside, in the closest thing he had ever had to a home, his status as “convicted felon” was a mark of pride, and isn’t a mark of pride something worth dying over?

    The more he thought about it, the more it made sense to him, and the more he determined not to uproot his thinking about the matter and accept that what he had gave him solace, and what more could someone want in the evening of their life?

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  2. “Lyle”

    If he were to tell you himself, he has never experienced fear. And if he were to tell you why, he would say that he has never known the feeling, the emotion, the plague. But what he would not be so willing to share would be the impetus behind his lack of fear, his lack of normal human experience, and the obvious answer is simply that he is not human. No educated reader, however, would take this as a good explanation or effective explanation. To which he would coolly reply, “So what.”

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