Six Sentence Stories – Fighting Spirits

Categories Self, Writing

It was only the strength of her will that kept her coming back – well, that and the need for a paycheck – so Andie steeled herself for whatever battle awaited her beyond his front door today.

Andie had far greater ambitions than continuing to do physical therapy for this overgrown spoiled brat of a man-child, but years of advanced medical training was expensive and not necessarily lucrative immediately upon graduation so this was her life…for now.

Jack Barringer was cocky, entitled, and difficult, to say the least, and he wasn’t exactly personable during their sessions. But she had to admit there was a raw and fierce determination about him, something that, despite his obvious social ineptitude and personality flaws, explained how he managed to achieve all that he had in life by such a relatively young age.

Injuries as severe as Jack’s would give anyone plenty of justification to give up on everything, but Jack kept fighting through his pain, determined to make it back to where – and who – he was before the accident and then some, and she couldn’t help but admire that.

She suspected it would take something a lot more devastating than a physical injury to knock a Superman like Jack down to a place so terrible that he felt like giving up, but even Superman had his kryptonite.


Want to know what would affect Jack that deeply? Check out “Losing Ground.”


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 WILL.

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.

18 thoughts on “Six Sentence Stories – Fighting Spirits

  1. I really liked this segment of your story, especially the final sentence. Observing people and how they handle situations in their lives is one of my fascinations, and this makes me want to see what brings him down, and where it goes from there. I like how this is all piecing together. I went back and re-read several sections today. Excellent writing!

    1. Thanks, Josie. It was never really my intent to keep putting bits of Jack’s story out here, but I find myself inexplicably drawn to this tale and it just keeps unfolding. I guess I like floating little samples and seeing what the reaction would be – kind of helps me shape what is turning out to be a much larger work.

  2. Reminds me of the fight my father had when he ended up in a wheelchair. While he never left the chair again in this life, he did learn to “live” in it.

  3. what a good Six! It was such a ‘large’ story (not the correct word, I’m sure) but there was so much more to what is available to the reader than can be accounted for by a simple word count. I really need to learn to that! lol

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