Paper Heart

Writing101, Day Five: Be Brief

You stumble upon a random letter on the path. You read it. It affects you deeply, and you wish it could be returned to the person to which it’s addressed. Write a story about this encounter.

Today’s twist: Approach this post in as few words as possible.


A light breeze lifted a neatly folded paper heart. A plastic chair pinned it under one of its legs. A glittery handwriting caught my curiosity. And my small hand reached for the paper heart before the wind blew again.

The smell of roses reached my nose as my fingers delicately opened each fold. Faded calligraphy presented itself in the paper heart, forming letters and words of passion. A smile crept up my face, a twinkle shone in my eyes, and a tear threatened to slide down my cheek.

My head turned left and right; the faces around me betrayed no mark of loss. Front or back, the paper heart showed no sign of Anacoreta’s whereabouts.

And so the smell of roses faded away as each fold returned into its niche of a paper heart.

3 thoughts on “Paper Heart

    1. Thanks, Abeeha!
      I haven’t been writing fiction in a long while, so it’s encouraging to see that someone found it beautiful 🙂

      C.

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