Over and Over Again

Avatar Author: Aurelia Aurelia is battling a quarter-life crisis with the help of Ficly and a lot of coffee. She is launching into the abyss of a new career as a (sexy) academic librarian, and working it all out in just 1024 characters. Read Bio

Fat people are hard to kidnap. At least, she hopes so.

Every night, she lowers herself into her dad’s old plaid chair and watches TV in the living room while her mom makes dinner. They don’t know she’s been stealing Little Debbie snack cakes from the corner store and hiding them in her underwear drawer. She shovels them into her mouth every night after everyone has gone to bed.

She’s gained 40 pounds since her little sister disappeared. Her parents seem even more shrunken, compared to her ever-expanding form. They have barely touched their food since their baby girl was taken; it turns to sawdust in their mouths. They are gray, and gaunt, and silent. Shadows of their former selves.

Not her. She is making up for what was lost. She is building a wall, a soft padded wall, to keep herself and her family safe.

Every night in her dreams, it happens again. Over and over, every night, it happens. She remembers just two things when she wakes. Her sister was crying, and they left in a Cadillac.

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  1. Avatar n8k99

    gah! this has me at the verge of tears! i can not stand for any prequels or sequels for i fear my tiny little heart will be shattered into a billion tiny pieces!

    but the writing is awesome!

  2. Avatar Jesse Blake

    Delicious story.

    Perhaps the wrong choice of words….

  3. Avatar Jessica Cahill

    That was amazing. All the characterization and storytelling in so few lines, the descriptions, just beautiful.

  4. Avatar Wyatt Aapr LoA

    Amazing what you’ve done here, it even has the ring of truth. Good Job.

  5. Avatar Spiderj

    It’s such a clever idea, and such a strangely and sadly believable hope laid out in those first two lines.


  6. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    Awesome way to use the lines!
    how can anyone top this?

  7. Avatar suncrush

    What a brilliant and emotional response to the challenge. Bravo!

  8. Avatar halfpenny

    This is very moving, and it feels like there’s a lot of space for a story so compact. Does that make sense?

    What I mean to say is: Well done!

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