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Bleeding Out – Friday Fictioneers

A little late this week.  Couldn’t be helped.  Life and all that got in the way!  But, better late than never, I say!  Welcome to Friday Fictioneers, on a Thursday (by the skin of my teeth).  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is celebrating her fourth year as a Friday Fictioneer – first as a participant and now as a wonderful hostess.  Happy Fictioneeriversary, Rochelle!  This is, apparently, a repeat image from Madison Woods, former hostess (before my time).  Great image indeed.  Check out the other fabulous participants’ versions by clicking on the blue frog.  How about YOU try it too?

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Genre:  Fiction

Word Count:  100

Bleeding Out

I am bleeding out.  Oh, you can’t see the blood, but I might as well be covered in it.  I can feel it oozing from every pore.

Remember that old children’s rhyme:  “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me”?  Let me tell you, that is so not true – no matter what our folks said!  They can and do harm.  Horrid words have been slewed about this house lately, by all of us, and I feel as if I’ve blindly walked into a barbed wire fence, not my body, but my heart, ripped to shreds.

86 thoughts on “Bleeding Out – Friday Fictioneers

  1. I am wondering if you have found a new passion (your creative writing)… with cooking and Italian lessons vying for your time and attention. 🙂 As for the power of words, I ‘get’ this.

    • Let’s just say that my head is FULL of stories wanting to get out and I can’t seem to get my butt into my chair and my fingers onto the keyboard. I force myself to at least write these little 100-word stories once a week… I’m hoping as my purge continues (huge bins have been gotten rid of), my clutter decreased, I shall feel inspired to come back to what you are hoping to find here, Eric!

  2. Words do hurt, don’t they? That nursery rhyme is a big lie. That’s quite a thought about the heart ripped to shreds by barbed wire. Great take, Dale.

  3. Good analogy … and one that I haven’t made before … and damn they hurt.

    Hope all is well. I’ve been wondering if all was well – but I’m confident that it is because I you being in a whirlwind at the moment. Hang in there. …. and good morning!

  4. Very well written. I’ve always felt that that rhyme was pretty incorrect myself, especially with verbal and online bullying hurting so many people these days and driving them to such extremes.

  5. There’s an old Proverb that says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” You got it right.
    Nice work, Dale! 🙂

  6. For a moment I thought that it was the house that was influencing them. But no it’s that family relationship thing. Very well penned.

  7. You are one of my favorite people, because you have such a creative positive outlook. You will be fine. Take care and you are in my prayers always.

  8. oh yes……..words can be barbed wire indeed. They get slung about with abandon…and sadly the other person’s feelings are what gets abandoned. Excellent take on the photo.

  9. I wonder what thick-skinned person wrote that rhyme. Maybe people were different back then? Anway – great writing that captures the anguish that hurtful words can cause.

  10. Wow. This was quite a powerful entry..and true. The pen they said is mightier than the sword after all- physical wounds may heal, but mental scars are for life.

  11. I once did a speech on the intelligence of rocks. Their motto is “Hammers and chisels may smash me to gravel, but words will never hurt me.”

    It’s true. You can curse them all day long and call them names and it never seems to upset them. Rocks are really good at controlling their emotions.

  12. Powerful story, Dale. Harsh words do have the power to hurt. They can even kill. As writers, we know the power of words. They’ve brought down kingdoms. or supported them. They’ve torn marriages and families apart or healed wounds. Well done. —- Suzanne

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