Starve the Beast (Friday Fictioneers)

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When little Tess had nightmares, her mother always soothed her. Mother would say, “Monsters feed on fear.  Starve the beast and it will be powerless.”

As Tess grew up, she realized that monsters don’t always have sharp teeth or claws or live under the bed. Some were far more dangerous. Tess’ monster had a handsome face and a charming smile. And a wicked right hook.

Tess patted her pocket, feeling the steel courage hidden there. She was taking back the power. No more covering bruises with makeup. No more lies. No more fear. It was time to starve that beast.


This 100-word story is my offering for Friday Fictioneers – hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Friday Fictioneers is a group of writers that gathers every week to share flash fiction stories of approximately 100 words. Click here and hit the blue froggy button under the photo to read the other stories. There are some very talented folks in FF (and I’m just happy they let me tag along) so please check them out!

photo credit: Douglas MacIlroy

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18 thoughts on “Starve the Beast (Friday Fictioneers)

  1. I can see this ended badly for someone. Good build up, though I’m not sure that “wicked right hook” works quiet right. Wicked right hook almost sounds like she admires it. Of course, if this is what you intended, then hats off to you!!

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  2. There is a lot to think about in this story, great description, very vivid. I don’t have many hopes for her future happiness, as long as she doesn’t understand the difference between power and violence.

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  3. This was a great story – I agree that leaving the beast might be more practical, however what I liked the most was mom’s explaining that the beast feeds on fear. So if she finds a way to no longer fear him, the beast will be starved!

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