Story :: Apathy

Apathy (47 words)

Sam woke with a head full of carnival sound, dragging herself from the swamp of artificial sleep.

The air reeked of toasted circuitry. Chloe was gone.

As she stepped out of bed, her foot fell inches from a single slender finger that had rolled out of sight.


Written for the CAKE.shortandsweet Wednesday Write-in.  Read my other free stories here.



About sarahgracelogan

Sarah Grace is an itinerant scribbler and general layabout. She runs a writing group called CAKE.shortandsweet, because any form of procrastination from actual writing is always attractive to the serious author of refined taste. When not distracted by laser pens, Sarah Grace writes novels, short stories and flash fiction, poetry, stage scripts and screenplays. She has performed her work at Stirred Poetry, Bad Language and Tongue in Cheek Manchester. Her first publication, Humping the Boonies is a self-published chapbook available directly from the author, or from Travelling Man, Manchester. You can find more details about her ongoing projects, not to mention a selection of free stories up for grabs right here on her blog. She also likes to talk about theatre, film, books, photography, and especially games and other things that involve collaborative storytelling. Sarah Grace likes feedback, in whatever form it comes.


  1. Tessa Sheppard

    Ooh, the last line is creepy. Makes you wonder what will happen next. Good job!

  2. This is a real lesson to me in how just a few words can build a picture, and draw your reader in.

    • Thank you! I think writing short short stories is incredibly good practise. Start by writing something longer, then see how much you can take out while keeping the main thrust of the story there. Often you’ll find it becomes clearer the more you cut! Thanks 😀

  3. Elaine Peters

    Yes, more please! Short but not a very sweet ending.

  4. This is very intriguing, my interest is tweaked! I want to know more. Hope you continue so I can find out what happens next!

  5. Elaine McKay

    Interesting title. Are we dealing with something robotic? Look forward to more.

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