100 Word Challenge: Headache

This week, Julia’s 100 Word Challenge for Grownups is using a phrase as the story prompt again:

…. I woke with another headache ….

(And I surprised myself by coming in exactly at 106 words, as requested, for once.)


It’s annoying when stories tangle with reality. I woke with another headache this morning, sniffling, and reluctant to swallow because it hurts so much. But enough about me, warm, dry, safe, and quiet – for lack of a voice – in New Jersey. Let’s picture someone with a little drama about them (and yes, “them” was a deliberate word choice: the undefined gender third person singular).

Ah yes.

I woke with another headache. The guns were still thudding. My tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth. Have to find water today. See if the legs will work. If you’re lucky you can dodge shrapnel. Time to go.

13 responses to “100 Word Challenge: Headache

  1. Oh wow, I really want to know more about this story! Really enjoyed it.

    • Thank you! I think the person in the second part is in the midst of World War I – it has to be either the (U.S.) Civil War, or World War I, or World War II, given the pounding artillery, and of those three wars, I think the World War I trenches were most notorious for unrelenting big guns. He’s probably a soldier, but she might be a nurse whose field hospital was (accidentally?) shelled. (Probably a nurse, because the soldier’s story has been told and retold by people who lived through it.)* In any case, they’re wounded and trapped, and desperately brave enough to be on the brink of trying to escape.

      * Hmmm. In earlier wars, there are several documented cases of girls who joined armies disguised as boys or young men. I wonder if this still happened as late as WW I?

  2. HI ,MORNDAY HI,,DOT,BLESSING YOUR PAGE…..“Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.’” Isaiah 48:17 (ESV)

    Are you waking up today with a serious case of the Mondays? Does your life feel like a prison that is keeping you bound in chains of grief, shame, guilt, and sin? Sometimes we need a good reminder of how free we are and why praise and thankfulness should always be on our lips.

    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” (Ephesians 1:3-10, ESV)

  3. Oh the second half makes my stomach churn, what a sharp contrast. Strong writing if uncomfortable!

  4. Beautifully written! As I read, I wanted to know more about the characters. I read your tidbit on the background! Now I definitely want more 🙂

    Adieu, scribbler

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