Three Line Tales : No end to nightmares

three line tales week twenty: cupcakes, icing, frosting

photo by Stephanie McCabe – click here for full res version


Ffion nudged a plate of pastel coloured cake towards Billy. ‘You need sugar by the looks of you. When did you last eat?’

A waitress skittered past, pinny crisp and white as snowflakes, heels tapping on the parquet flooring. Billy’s coat was stained, one sleeve torn at the shoulder. His hands were splashed brown – possibly dried blood. He didn’t touch the cake.


‘Ever had a nightmare you couldn’t wake up from?’ His voice was frail enough to snap.

‘All nightmares end.’

A square of cake quivered, crumbs trembling onto the plate. An ant emerged from the spongy rubble, then another and another, threads of black, lacquered bodies cutting across the bright white cloth.

‘Not anymore,’ said Billy.



What is wrong with me? I see this lovely photo Sonya selected for today’s Three Line Tales and all I imagine is ants marauding over the cake and endless nightmares! Do see if you can write something more cheerful – or if you can trump me with something terrifying. See here for Ts and Cs.


17 thoughts on “Three Line Tales : No end to nightmares

    1. Sign of the times indeed. Thanks Sonya. I know you have a penchant for the darkness too. We’ll just scuff around in the shadows, hissing at the bright lights until nightfall.


  1. You said it all – “that it may look lovely but it’s all rotten on the inside”… That was a superb story you weaved together. It has a bundle of perspectives to it… All that glitters is not gold. The many nightmares of life we wake up to sometimes. I enjoyed the read. 🙂

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      1. Haha. You’ve got humour in you and I am attracted to that. lol. I’ve followed you to read more posts. Keep churning the stories out, I won’t be scared I tell you. 🙂

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