TT #21

14 June 2007

This week’s Thursday Thirteen is a little different. Instead of a list I’ve written a story. In thirteen sentences. And inspired by the fact that yesterday was the Day of the Zombie Uprising

Zombie T13
image an edited version of the Italian Shaun of the Dead poster

“They’re out there.”

She was really starting to get on my nerves. I knew they were out there. I’d seen them, I’d been chased by them, legging it down the road screaming in terror as hordes followed me. I didn’t need her to tell me they were out there.

She repeated that fact, the only three words I’d heard her say since this whole thing had started. I resisted the urge to smack her, that really wouldn’t solve any problem, well, it might make me feel slightly better, but no, it really wouldn’t help. Instead I made those funny hmmmm noises, the ones that mean anything and nothing, in the hope that it might soothe her a little.

It didn’t.

She continued to repeat those words over and over again, all the time rocking backwards and forwards, reminding me of institutionalised orphans you see on those documentaries.

Then, a sudden silence that was so much worse than the moaning. “Alice?” I began to speak, wondering if she had come to her senses. Her head turned to look at me, her eyes glittered and the numb terror I’d been feeling was replaced by an increasing sense of panic as she opened her mouth and spoke: “We’re in here.”

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Other TT-ers:

  1. Carl
  2. Samulli
  3. SciFiChick
  4. Amelia
  5. Michelle Pillow
  6. Raven Paranormal Blog
  7. Mark Caldwell
  8. Janet
  9. PJ

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17 Responses

  1. samulli says:


    That's a very cool idea. Must try that myself one day.

    Very nice story. I wasn't aware that you actually could tell amore or less complete story in only 13 sentences. But that probably only because I tend to be a bit long-winded. ;o)

    BTW, I borrowed another one of your ideas for my own TT this week: 13 favorite songs.

  2. SciFiChick says:

    I love it!

    Great idea for a TT!

  3. Fence says:

    I spotted that samulli, I'll have to wait til I get home to listen to them all. I really like the Sopranos' theme, but haven't checked out any others by Alabama 3. Must do at some point.

    After Carl's Tiny Stories Challenge this wasn't too bad :)

    Thanks SciFiChick.

  4. Amelia says:

    You had zombies too? Must have been some kind of world wide thing!

    I think mine are all gone now. I think…

    Happy TT!

  5. Scott says:

    Awesome! That was my favorite TT you've done. Very clever.

  6. Fence says:

    Must have Amelia, luckily I made it through, somehow :)

    Thanks Scott.

  7. Happy T13! Love the zombies, but then we love all things paranormal!

  8. Kelly says:

    Ooh, Fency! Your story was really good, and the end gave me a little shiver. Very clever for doing your thirteen that way…

  9. Great idea and a good story. I've been writing Twitter stories today although I've not posted any anywhere yet. I'd not seen that SotD poster before either :-)

  10. Janet says:

    ahhhh I love zombie stories! Very well done :-)

  11. PJ says:

    Trust me to miss the Zombie apocalypse. That's a great TT, scary!

  12. Harlequin says:

    Very clever love. Scary.

    Think Mal needs to take lessons from you in writing short instead of long! He's talking about his stuff being written in volumes!! :-D

  13. Fence says:

    Thanks all.

    Mark, I hadn't seen that before either. It's pretty cool isn't it?

    PJ, I think it might happen again, hopefully anyway.

    Volumes can be good H. eg LOTR ;)

  14. Cin says:

    Fabulous! I'm a huge fan of SOTD (Have you seen Hot Fuzz yet? Luv'ed it!) and this was the perfect apertif for my Friday.

    Cheers from soggy Vancouver!

  15. Fence says:

    Loved Hot Fuzz. Even more than Shaun.

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