Drabble Day – HOURGLASS

The Drabble Day Challenge is a weekly challenge hosted by http://thewriteaholicblog.wordpress.com/ and it involves writing a Drabble (a short story of 100 words, plus or minus 5) based around a particular prompt. This week’s prompt was “HOURGLASS”…


Piasek lay in the hospital bed; waiting for death. The plague had won; his family were gone, only he remained. But not for much longer…

His skin had already taken on the mottled look of Stage III Sorra-Harena; his tongue felt like a slab of stone in his mouth. One last fit of coughing and, thankfully, he expired.

Piasek’s arm hung over the side of the bed and, as his body underwent its terminal transformation, his flesh dropped in tiny grains, to form a gritty conical pile on the floor.

Months later, a storm broke the window and Piasek was blown out into the world.


About dmlbooks

Dennis M. Lane is a British writer who left the shores of the UK in 1986 and hasn’t looked back since; he has now lived in South Africa for eleven years. His first poetry collection “8 Million Stories” was published in November 2010, followed by the collection of science fiction poetry and short stories “The Poring Dark” in September 2012 (two of the poems have been nominated for the 2013 Rhysling Award and another for the Dwarf Stars Award), his first novel “Talatu” in March 2013, and “The King’s Jewel” the first book in the five novel “Helix Key” series in August 2013. He is currently working on Helix Key Book 2 and a second collection of short stories (entitled "The Unmedicated"). When not writing, Dennis enjoys narrating and voice acting and recently set up Dramatic Voice Productions in order to take his interest further. To relax Dennis watches old movies from his extensive DVD collection, his three loves being science fiction B movies, Hong Kong martial arts, and anime. He has been presenting “A Review from the Jacaranda City” since May 2011 and has looked at classic old movies from “On The Beach” to “Creature from the Black Lagoon”.
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8 Responses to Drabble Day – HOURGLASS

  1. tara tyler says:

    now i think i understand the twist!
    great analogy!

  2. Dana says:

    I love this–very creative use of the hourglass prompt!

  3. Very surreal – I’ll be thinking about this one for a good bit. Nice job.

    • dmlbooks says:

      Thank you! I am finding that some of the short ideas that pop into my head stay with me too. I am currently writing (along with various other things) a short story version of the Drabble I wrote for the “edge” prompt.

  4. Aheïla says:

    That is a great story! Poignant yet full of – dare I say it – freedom and hope. Nice use of the prompt!

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