The Beast: Three Line Tales


photo by Bogdan Dada via Unsplash

The doorway looked like a friendly face but despite this I was nervous as I inserted the key into the padlock that restrained the thing that was captive behind it.

Pitch black met me as I made my way inside but the strains of Tchaikovsky’s 4th movement of Symphony Number 6 moved me down the corridor until I could sense I was within touching distance of whoever played with such emotion.

I sat and listened, feeling safe, for no matter what else the creature may be, I knew this was no killer.

In response to Sonya’s prompt

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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11 Responses to The Beast: Three Line Tales

  1. lisarey1990 says:

    Great job. Each part flowed with ease.

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  2. Ooooh! I love this Irene. I would love to read more…

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  3. Some beasts are not beastly at all. Did you ever read Bel Canto by Ann Patchett? A fabulous story.

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  4. There sure is a lot packed into those 3 sentences. Love the image. The picture coupled with the first line made me think briefly of Alice in Wonderland. Would love to read what happens next.

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