I look at the letters and dwell on them.  The tiles dance in front of me, the letters blur.


The tiles scream the word back at me in their blatancy.  The word I can opt for is obvious.   There is even a place for it on the board.  An ‘A’ from ‘anger’ is free. Triple Word; the points would spawn if I just place the tiles on the board.  But I won’t give in to it, even if I have to relinquish the game.

I pass, throw ‘A’ in the sack and take another tile.  My heart sinks as I realize it is another ‘A’.

My opponent takes the ‘G’ from ‘anger’ and puts down ‘lung’.

Is this for real, a cosmic joke?

Tears sting my eyes as I pass again and exchange yet another tile.  This time a ‘U’ emerges.

My opponent plays.  He takes the ‘P’ from my earlier ‘pain’ and puts down ‘hope’.  He scores a Double Word from it.

I look at my tiles in desperation.  I am about to pass again.

But then I see it, the other word.

I struggle to keep my poker face on, but beam internally. I use the ‘E’ from ‘hope’ and place the tiles down one by one. The word ‘cure’ materialises on the board.  My smile finally breaks free and my face cracks up.

My opponent looks at me funny; after all, I only got six points.

Trifecta, for this week’s challenge, has asked us to write a story using the word DWELL.  I hope you like it, or at least, are touched by this little story.  I look forward to read yours.

42 comments on “YCIVTOR

  1. unevenstevencu says:

    creative… very nice response enjoyed it

  2. atrm61 says:

    What a fantastic piece-love how you used the prompt :-)A game of scrabble-made me think that in real life we play a similar game-choosing the emotion we want from our “baggage” or opting out & looking for better ones-loved it Sandra:-)

  3. Bee says:

    I love how you use Scrabble as a metaphor for the character’s inner thoughts. Nicely done!

  4. You do a great job conveying that very human determination not to give in to something that would be too much, even if it’s just a game; the success at the end is touching.

  5. Jennifer says:

    This hits home for me, and I understood that feeling completely.

  6. Yes. The inner satisfaction we experience is far more valuable than outside accolades. Excellent piece!

  7. very well done. Somehow, I missed the letters at first and still got your strong message.

  8. kz says:

    i liked it, i actually felt like i was there ^^ clever response to the prompt ^^

  9. jannatwrites says:

    Victory indeed. I like the refusal to use the obvious word.

  10. Draug419 says:

    Ah, this is often my thinking when I play Scrabble (: Always shoot for that *one* word.

  11. lumdog says:

    As a Scrabble addict, I really enjoyed this. The life strategy is perfect, the Scrabble strategy is somewhat questionable, I’m afraid. 😉 Great response to the prompt!

  12. joetwo says:

    Symbolism can mean a lot at times like this. Very well written.

  13. deanabo says:

    Scrabble! Lance and I love this game. Great post.

  14. Neat take on the prompt. Love the ending. We have some serious competitions at our house. I confess, I probably would have gone for the triple word score, just to beat my husband.

    • Sandra says:

      But then the narrator would have to admit to himself that he is giving in to cancer, and he wouldn’t do it for the world. He was a fighter, this one.

  15. kymminbarcelona says:

    Kind of a Ouija-Scrabble… cool.

  16. steph says:

    We are Scrabble addicts here. We play daily. I love the internal struggle and how she hangs on every word as if it were a divination of the future. Great stuff.

    • Sandra says:

      We’ve become scrabble addicts since we realised we can play the game on smart phone; a lot of strife has been spared since the points are automatically calculated! 🙂 I’m happy you enjoyed it Steph.

  17. Very creative. I really enjoyed this.

  18. Sarah Ann says:

    I love this take on the prompt, and the thought processes she goes through.

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