Number 6,500


November (Photo credit: Cape Cod Cyclist)

In The Scorpio Races, author Maggie Stiefvater writes, “It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”  Give us the next thirty-three words of this story, as you imagine it.  Take it wherever you like, but make it original and make it 33 words exactly.  And so…

…someone will die…the alarm will go off at 6:01 am. Same as every other day.  To chase the chill, she’ll hold his hand, a hollow stone.  Like the other 6,449, he will die. Cause of death the same; not breathing.

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  1. Wonder about those other 6449-who were they-is there an epidemic-why is she keeping a count?Who is she?Chilling!!So many possibilities-loved this fantastic take Angie!

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