Trif-EXTRA Week 54: Reading Challenge

By Edgar Allan Poe

“By a route obscure and lonely,
Haunted by ill angels only,
Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT,
On a black throne reigns upright,
I have wandered home but newly
From this ultimate dim Thule.”


This weekend we are venturing into uncharted territories once again. This Trifextra isn’t so much a writing challenge; it’s more of a reading challenge. We want you to scour through your favorite pieces of literature and give us the best 33 words you can find.

Trifecta Week 62: Mouth


(Continued from Trifecta Week 61: Bitch.)

“Whoa! Got a hot date tonight?”

I look at Evan with what I hope is not a pain-ridden face. I didn’t want him to know that I still hurt. My heart churns. I hate that I’m happy to see him. It’s been a little more than a year without being in his presence. so I couldn’t help but smile. Damn it! Show some indifference!

“What are you doing here?” I raise an eyebrow at him. My apartment is right outside of downtown, but the road here has enough twist and turns that a ‘just passing by’ wouldn’t work.

“Can’t a guy visit an old friend?” He smiles at me, shrugs his shoulders, and raises those god damn gorgeous brown eyebrows at me. It’s a combination I am accustomed to seeing.

An old friend? We have long since moved on from old friends. We were once old lovers and now we have moved on to “a thing of the past”. I made a painful grimace at him, another accidental expression.

“Sorry, not the best choice of words,” he makes an uncomfortable shift in his body weight. He does that shrug of his again and lifts up one of his hands to scratch an imaginary itch behind his head.

“I know you’re probably still angry. I shouldn’t have ended things the way I did.”

Evan kneels down and awkwardly ties his shoe. He could never stand still for long.

He looks up and holds out a velvet red box with its mouth gaping at me. A beautiful round diamond ring nestles softly on its cushioned tongue.

“Carly, please marry me. I promise I will not leave you again.” Evan stares hopeful at me with a giant questioning smile.

I feel the wrinkles forming between my eyebrows. I push pass him to get into my car. My hands are shaking on the steering wheel as I look in the rear-view mirror to see him still on bended knees with a distressful expression on his face as I drive off.

(Related entry Trifecta Week 58: Survive.)

Trifecta Week Sixty-Two: Mouth

  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • Trifecta is open to everyone!! Please join us.
MOUTH (noun)

a : the natural opening through which food passes into the body of an animal and which in vertebrates is typically bounded externally by the lips and internally by the pharynx and encloses the tongue, gums, and teeth
b : grimace <made a mouth>
c : an individual requiring food <had too many mouths to feed>
a : voicespeech <finally gave mouth to her feelings>
b : mouthpiece 3a
c (1) : a tendency to excessive talk (2) : saucy or disrespectful language : impudence
: something that resembles a mouth especially in affording entrance or exit: as

a : the place where a stream enters a larger body of water

b : the surface opening of an underground cavity

c : the opening of a container

d : an opening in the side of an organ flue pipe

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted my thought process for my writing. It’s been a hectic couple of weeks for me with my grandpa in the hospital. It’s been mentally and emotionally draining. I didn’t like having to be alone with my thoughts for too long so I was going to write a little less. I thought this would help me feel less overwhelmed but I realized that writing was my own happy escape. I could create any type of story and environment I wanted. I was in control. I guess that’s why I love writing, I have complete control over what stays and what goes. Control freak? Yah… maybe a little.

My uncle had told me something over the weekend that made me realize even more that I needed to continue writing, even if it’s all gibberish and child-like. “When a mountain-climber sets out to climb a mountain, what do you think is going on in his head?” He told me and my cousin. “He’s thinking about climbing that mountain and reaching the top. This is the kind of mindset that you need to be successful. They’re in ‘the zone’ and take each step one at a time. They don’t think about the steps already made or the steps they will be making, only the next step. Thinking about the past will leave you stressed because there’s nothing you can do about it.” He continues with, “Thinking about the future is essentially useless because there is still too much uncertainty in it. You can’t predict what type of obstacles you’ll encounter.”

I’m actually not sure where I’m going with this. All I know is that it resonated, “Keep writing Kim.”

Anyways… enough rambling! The last Trifecta challenge I wrote left many of you wanting more and it also left me wanting more! I thought this week would be a great opportunity to continue it. I wasn’t sure how the story was going to continue even as I sat down to write. I just went with what “called” to me. Rather, whatever “they” told me. No, not the voices in my head, but the characters… in my head…? I guess either way it ends up being voices in my head, doesn’t it? haha…

Do any of you do that? Just wait for your characters to tell you what should happen next? Or do you have a story line already mapped out for the most part before you start writing? I’m very curious since I don’t know many others that write! Let alone talk about writing! Please share in the comments, I would really like to know!

I’m pretty excited with how this story turned out. I hope you all enjoyed it, too! Will there be another part to this? Not sure, I’ll have to wait for “them” to let me know!

Trif-EXTRA Week 52: Personification

Angrily Shoving,
He is pushing me down hard.
I reach out for help,
But there is no one out here.
He quickly covers me up.
Up, down, left, right,
Where’s the ocean surface?

We want you to give us a 33-word example of personification… It’s the practice of attaching human traits and characteristics with inanimate objects, phenomena and animals (

Trifecta Week Sixty-One: Bitch

It’s girl’s night out with my ladies and I am feeling a little frisky and anxious. It has been awhile since I’ve felt the strong and warm arms of a man around me and I am hopeful to end that longing tonight. I am wearing my satin little black dress that hugs my petite frame tightly. I have my Victoria Secret Miracle bra on to give the ladies a push and a peek over the sweetheart neckline of the dress. I tug at the scrunchy holding my hair captive and am able to set free my long, dark, and wavy hair. It falls softly on my bare shoulders. I’m careful not to forget to my secret weapon, the little bottle of perfume from the vanity. I spray myself with its sweet fruity and light floral scent.

The smell reminds me of him. It’s his favorite scent. I remember how he’d grab me by the waist and pull me towards him so he could get a good whiff of it. He would always bury his face into my neck and gently caress it with his lips. As cliché as it is, I’d always get weak in the knees; luckily his strong arms have never failed to hold me up.

My heart starts beating fast as I recall the memories and emotions. I shake my head; it’s been a bitch trying to erase the memories of him from my head. He left and that’s all I need to know. It’s time to find someone new. I am feeling radiant and sexy as I slip my toes into my new shiny red pumps I bought specifically for tonight. I am on the prowl and I’m bringing home some fresh meat tonight!

I open the door and head out to meet the girls. I turn back around to make sure I locked the door. It’s locked. As I turn back around again, I bump hard into someone standing there. I take a few steps back.

It’s him.

Trifecta Week Sixty-One: Bitch

  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • Trifecta is open to everyone!! Please join us.
BITCH (noun)

: the female of the dog or some other carnivorous mammals
a : a lewd or immoral woman
b : a malicious, spiteful, or overbearing woman —sometimes used as a generalized term of abuse
: something that is extremely difficult, objectionable, or unpleasant

Trif-EXTRA Week Fifty-One: Pigeon

Not a single peep out of me
Sitting in my corner way up high
Tiny buildings are what I spy
Feeling the breeze whooshing on by
This is my heaven in the sky

We want you to choose one of the pictures below and give us a 33-word response to it.


Image via ZeroOne / / CC BY-SA