That’s not what I meant

This week’s writing challenge from the folks at Trifecta intrigued me. Exactly 33 words to tell a story, followed by “That’s not what I meant.” Not easy! Give it a try . . .

She stood at the plane door, parachute on.

Midlife crisis be damned; this was an awful idea.

She decided she was ready to concede defeat. “I’m ready . . .”

He pushed.

“That’s not what I meaaannnnt . . .”


22 Comments Add yours

  1. Christine says:

    *hahaha* This is fantastic – and probably exactly what would happen to me in the same situation. 🙂

  2. Funny one. Ready or not here she comes.

  3. Haha! I think that, especially when you’re standing at an open door on an airplane, it’s important to choose your words wisely. Thanks for linking up!

  4. stankmeaner says:

    Take note kids, and choose your words wisely.

  5. C.C. says:

    Too late to turn back now 😉

  6. KymmInBarcelona says:

    lol No, really. I laughed out loud. Very funny!

    1. candidkay says:

      Thank you:). Always feel like I’ve done my job if you laugh or cry!

  7. says:

    ok here goes

    They eyed each other with apprehension holding their guns steady. I will try if you try he said. In reply she said i will give it a shot. Bang! That’s not what I meant

    i counted the thats not what i meant into the 33??

    1. candidkay says:

      Ah, Anne–you get 33 words before “That’s not what I meant!”. So you can add 5 more:). Impressive, though!

  8. says:

    too funny

  9. Maria Mooshil says:

    well done!

    1. candidkay says:

      Thanks, Maria! Means a lot, coming from you:). I think you should give it a go.

  10. Draug419 says:

    She has a lot of time to think things over on the way down haha

  11. Colleen says:


    1. candidkay says:

      Thank you, Colleen! I think you should give it a try:)

      1. Colleen says:

        I was thinking I would. I also thought I might have my students try it. Should be fun 🙂

  12. I’m envious of people who can write a story in so few words! Great take on the theme.

    1. candidkay says:

      Thank you! Not sure it’s a talent I can take far but oddly creative that way:).

  13. Kir Piccini says:

    perfect take on this prompt. I could hear her.

    guess she’s ready now, huh? 🙂

    1. candidkay says:

      I think the phrase is “ready or not” :). Thanks for stopping by!

      1. Kir Piccini says:

        it sure is….;)

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