Decision – A Six Sentence Story

Categories Self, Words

“Ma’am, can you please answer the question.”

After what had been several awkwardly silent moments, Ellen continued to stare straight ahead, unseeing – and quite obviously not hearing – anything around her.

She was somewhere else entirely, oblivious to her surroundings and to the urgency of the inquiry. But Ellen knew that matters of such import have the potential to be life-altering and thus should never be considered lightly, without regard to the ultimate effect on herself and, in fact, on everyone with whom should would interact from this moment forward.

“Ma’am,” said the voice again, “I really need to get to my other customers as well, so would you please just tell me if you need a cup of coffee?”

“Oh yes,” said Ellen, “I absolutely do.”


Each week, the lovely and talented Ivy Walker hosts a link-up challenging writers to spin a tale in six sentences – no more, no less. 

This week’s cue is QUESTION.

Click on the link right here to link your own post and read more Six Sentence Stories from some wonderful storytellers.

Lisa A. Listwa is a self-employed writer with experience in education, publishing, and the martial arts. Believing there was more to life than punching someone else’s time clock and inspired by the words of Henry David Thoreau, she traded her life as a high school educator for a life as a writer and hasn’t looked back. She is mother to one glorious handful of a daughter, wife to the nicest guy on the planet, and reluctant but devoted owner of three Rotten Cats. You can find her adventures and thoughts on living life deliberately here on the blog.

22 thoughts on “Decision – A Six Sentence Story

  1. This was a great twisted tale! 🙂 I suspect she truly was pondering something deeply and his insistent question pulled her from that place into the present moment. I tend to get “lost in space” fairly easily, and it is quite possible to be oblivious to those around you who are attempting to interact.

  2. Of course, not enough coffee in the morning makes one incoherent and otherwise unable to focus. Bring it on! A fun story.

    1. True for me! I felt like doing something lighter this time. Too many other “heavy” pieces in my drafts. And not enough coffee. 😉

  3. Ellen is a deep thinker. She must have been creating a story in her mind, but after her cup of coffee, I’m sure she off to writing the next chapter.

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