The Return – A Six Sentence Story

Categories Writing

The air carried a tortured warmth through the window, a gentle breeze that under other more ordinary circumstances would be pleasant enough, but here in the deep midwinter felt unnatural, out of place, and most unwelcome.

A candelabra on the bedside table offered the only light save the distant flashes of lightning that silently heralded the storm’s arrival. But the wind had blown out the candle a moment ago…so what was the source of the light in the room now?

The breeze became a steady wind, still possessed of that strange misplaced heat, but now interlaced with fingers of ice that stroked his hair and the back of his neck, then moved across the room.

A sudden chilled gust forced open the doors and flipped through the pages of a leather diary on the side table, stopping at a page dated two nights ago, the night of her passing.

“I knew you would come back to me,” he whispered to the dark.


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 RETURN.

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.

14 thoughts on “The Return – A Six Sentence Story

  1. Oooh, spooky good! My kind of love story! This was excellent, I was feeling the cold and the warm… and the chills! If love is truly eternal, and I believe it is, the connection will always remain and spirits will return to visit.

  2. Impeccable, elegant writing, my friend! You really are so good at this. 🙂 You’re inspiring me to stretch my fiction muscle. I write and read so much non-fiction, though, that I constantly feel like fiction is not always my friend – more like a chastising, esoteric professor. But I have this itch to write another novel…all of a sudden. As in…I got out of the bathroom (I swear…we should euphemistically call the bathroom the “idea room” because between showers and, um, using the commode, I get more ideas for things!) like ten minutes ago and thought, “I have this idea and now I want to turn it into a book!”

    1. So funny – my Dad used to call the bathroom “the library” because, well, reading. But seriously is that where all good ideas are born? 😀
      Thank you for the lovely compliment – impeccable and elegant? I might be swooning! I always considered myself a non-fiction writer, but honestly it’s this Six Sentence link-up that got me dipping my toes in the waters of fiction again. Do it do it do it! I believe I have your first novel in my “to read” queue (along with nine thousand other things…sigh) and I can’t wait!

  3. nice
    nice ‘misdirection’ (at least for me) the attention seemed to be on the air and the wind (as opposed to other parts of the scene). very effective

Conversation is the best part of blogging. I'd love to hear your thoughts...