I tied a string around a finger to remind me who I was before the rope of my intelligence snapped, before I lost the thread.

I can’t I don’t remember why the string.

This post was made in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge weekend prompt, in which the editors gave us this assignment:

Katherine Paterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia, wrote, “It’s like the smarter you are, the more things can scare you.”  We are looking for a 33-word explanation of what scares you (or your character). 

17 responses to “String

  1. This is a excellent piece in so much for me it is about the terrible situation of lose of memory. And I agree that is scary.

  2. Wow. I love this Christine. So powerful and such a real fear. Awesome!

  3. This is so real, and truly terrifying. What a poignant respond you have here.

  4. This is terrifying. I already have to write a lot of notes…a string wouldn’t be nearly obvious enough.

  5. Powerful. I love this.

  6. The thought of dementia or Alzheimer’s truly is terrifying. I can’t imagine what it would be like and I hope I never have to find out. Excellent piece!

  7. That would be a terrible feeling.

  8. This is terrifying. How many times have I forgotten what I walked into that room for. Hoping it’s only distraction that makes me forget.
    Great job scaring me some more.

  9. Absoulutely terrifying… shudder

  10. You and I have the same fear…’s terrifying.

  11. Oh wow, yes. I feel this.

  12. I love the language you used: string, rope, thread; tying, snapping.
    Then that final, defining sentence.
    Terrific! (and terrifying)

  13. Unknown things, that things that are truly beyond your control and grasp…it is terrifying. It was your language, your use of words that held me and scared me. This was beautiful and eloquent.

  14. Fear while being in the midst of that fear. This was damned good.

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