Six Sentence Stories – The Contract

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Hector’s hand hovered above the paperwork, unmoving, uncooperative, disobedient to the urging in his mind.

He knew the contract was bad from the start and he never should have started the project; no one agrees to terms like these, but when a man is just desperate enough he’ll agree to anything. Well, almost anything…there are some things even the most corrupt of men cannot bring themselves to do and he was grateful to have dodged that bullet.




They’ll never forgive me, he thought, but he had to take the chance, no matter how they might remember him. When you’re desperate enough, driven to choose between yourself and your family’s safety – your family’s life – well, you make those dark choices … and this arrangement was far less difficult to swallow, far less sinister than some he could have made.

“Sign,” growled the other man, as Hector forced his hand down to the page, doing what he knew he must to protect them.


This has been a Six Sentence Story.

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. Click on the link right here to find out more and link your own post. While you’re there, click on the blue frog button to find more stories from some wonderful storytellers.

This week’s prompt was CONTRACT.

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.

20 thoughts on “Six Sentence Stories – The Contract

  1. Lisa, as ever, you’ve written flash that leaves us hanging on the edges of our seats, panting for more. Who is he protecting? What does he have to do? Who is forcing him and what do they stand to gain? It’s fantastic stuff!

    1. Well thank you, Sondi. That’s great praise! 🙂 I think I like writing things that leave the audience hanging. You used the word protector – so did you get that I picked the character’s name for that reason? I wondered if anyone would. Hector means guardian or protector.
      As for who is forcing him…well, think the most evil scenario you can. Mwah hah haaaahhh….

  2. Yikes! Contracts so often feel as if they have a dark element and apparently this one surely does. I often wonder what we would be willing sacrifice for the wellbeing of our families, and I think you told this chilling tale very well. Now, of course, I want to know more!

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