The drabble challenge is a weekly challenge , hosted by Aheila on her blog : thewriteaholicblog.wordpress.com

A reminder how it works : read the prompt and find your angle ; write a drabble ( 100 word story , give or take 5 words ) ; post a direct link to the drabble in your comments .

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It was futile , a wasted exercise .

He was blank , a clean slate , tabula rasa .

Numerous tests were conducted .

The doctors had done everything possible .

They said it was simply a matter of time .

But time was a luxury he couldn't afford .

They were coming to get him . That he knew for certain .

In the absence of reliable memory , gut instinct prevailed . But who were they ? Who was he ? Why were they after him ?

Snippets of images flitted along the edges of his memory … a black beret … the scent of vanilla … a plaintive violin … steel grey eyes … and then slipped away .


  1. Alyss on March 8, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Nice one Mish! 

    • mish on March 8, 2011 at 7:22 am

      Thanks Aly ~~ there were so many possible angles from which to approach this prompt . I suppose that’s what makes the drabble challenge so appealing !

  2. tara tyler on March 8, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    reminded me of Mr. Bourne…until the vanilla – a scent you can't forget! nice lead in to a mystery =)

    • mish on March 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks TTT ~~ Welcome to my blog ! Thanks for swinging by . 🙂

  3. Ryan on March 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I liked this a lot, M! It has an intensity to it and it evokes sympathy. Nice!!

    • mish on March 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      I’m sure that loss of memory is intense and frightening .
      Glad that you liked it R ! 🙂

  4. Tiffany on March 9, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Nice job Mish!  I like the way you described snipets of memory floating in and out of conciousness.  Also the quickness of your sentences conveys an urgency that works really well with your subject. 

    • mish on March 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      Hey T ~~ I’m glad that you picked up on the urgency that is felt in this piece . The character tries desperately to grasp these images which keep on eluding him ~ and we can sense that he is running out of time .

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