New Published Microfiction: Wayward Willie

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WAYWARD WILLIE

Wayward Willie was warned—woods were worrisome.

“Whatever.”

Wayward Willie walks woodward, whistling.

***

Wilderness.

Werewolf wanders, weary.

Werewolf whiffs, wonders. “Whistling wimp, walking woodward? Wonderful!”

***

Werewolf whiffs.

Werewolf waits.

Werewolf wallops wayward Willie. Willie whimpers.

***

Werewolf Willie wakes.

Werewolf Willie whiffs.

***

Wilderness.

Werewolf wanders, weary.

Werewolf Willie wanders, whistling, wayward.

 

Originally appeared in 50-Word Stories on October 6, 2017. 


This story was great fun to write, but also required a fair bit of work, more than you’d guess from its fifty-word length, because it pushes alliteration to the extreme — every single one of the fifty words starts with the same letter. However, I didn’t want it to just be a gimmick — I wanted it to work well as a story and I think it does. “Wayward Willie” has a protagonist whom we meet at the outset and to whom something happens (“the conflict”); the conflict gets resolved by the end of the story and results in a change in the protagonist’s character.

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