Six Sentence Stories – An Unkindness

Categories Life, Self, Writing

It was the grayest kind of day.

It was the kind of day when the sky presses low upon the earth, urging its denizens into attentiveness – every sound just a bit louder, a bit closer, the outlines of the everyday carved into distinctly sharper focus against the backdrop of something…unfamiliar.


A ceiling of clouds hung close and heavy, locked in the restless wind so it had no escape, the tortured air twisting, wrapping, weaving its witchcraft around the physical world, drawing life and breath in closer…closer…until that darkest cloud of anticipation fell.

The peal of a bell forced its way through the choking thickness. Neither the happy expectation of a doorbell nor the warm beckon of a church carillon, its song a strong and persistent welcome home nonetheless.

One lone raven streaked silently across the sky.



Six Sentence

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 HOME. Last week’s cue was CRAFT.

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.

16 thoughts on “Six Sentence Stories – An Unkindness

  1. “Ask not for whom the bell tolls…” Very well done, the mood hung as dark and heavy as the scene you set with weather, leaving no doubt about the bell. I hope this is a creative piece and not an indicator of your day, or that the bell is about to toll for a black cat, or two, or three! 😉

    1. LOL no, my day is fine. Cold, but fine. Although the mood and setting were inspired by weather one day last week that was like that.
      And no cats will die today. I don’t even have a least favorite today! 😃

  2. hey! next time give me some warning, so I can put on an extra sweater before falling into the very cold world you’ve dragged out of the ether.
    nice six, yo

  3. I find myself feeling the need to read more….it really grabs you and now I wanna know whats gonna happen from here…its quite foreboding

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