Five Sentence Fiction – Thief

“So, tell me more about yourself,” says the guy with tousled brown hair and a gorgeous smile, sitting across from me at the table in one of my favourite coffee shops.

“I’m a thief,” I say and casually take a sip of my coffee, while he nearly chokes on his.

“Well, technically I’m a writer, but you might as well call me a thief—I observe people, watch them really closely without them ever noticing a thing, I take notes on every detail and when I’ve gained enough information on them and their lives, I steal their identities and work them into my stories, for which I get paid if I put them into the right words…”

I stop when I notice him staring at me wide-eyed, maybe a little bit creeped out, probably trying to decide whether I’m serious or not, then I add with a mischievous smirk on my face: “Relax, I’m not planning on stealing anything from you—I’m going to make you deliver it on a silver plate and before you know it, you’ll be begging me to take whatever it is you have to offer.”

He doesn’t say much for the remainder of our date and as soon as I finish my coffee, he motions for the waitress to inform her that he’d like to pay, as if he can’t wait to leave, and it makes me think that, sadly, I might be a decent thief when it comes to story material, but I’ve got yet to learn how to steal a man’s heart.

Written for this week’s FSF. It’s almost 2am and I don’t know what I’m doing.


21 Comments Add yours

  1. towanderlost says:

    Intriguing, sweet, yet sad story. Personally, I’d love a few more sentences to break things up, but it’s five sentence fiction so screw grammar. I loved how you related writers to story thieves. It’s so true, but it also makes us sound badass and that’s all we ever wanted to be.

    1. mrsreckless says:

      Thank you! And yes, squeezing a story into five sentences isn’t always as easy as it may seem!

  2. afthead says:

    Oh, I like this format. What a fun idea to tell something so succinctly!

    1. mrsreckless says:

      I’ve been doing five sentence fiction for a while now. It’s fun indeed! Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  3. DeeDee says:

    I don know whether to smile or feel sad for you. but I loved the post

    1. mrsreckless says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed my five sentences 🙂

  4. saakshie says:

    A really nice take on describing writers. Never thought of them as thieves until now!

    1. mrsreckless says:

      Neither did I, until I came across this FSF prompt. Thanks for the comment! 🙂

  5. Mel A Rowe says:

    Very cool! Liked the stretch on grammar rules. Sad – yet could this be true for most writers?…

    1. mrsreckless says:

      Thank you! I’ve heard somewhere that being a writer equals being insane… or maybe it’s even worse.

      1. Mel A Rowe says:

        Dunno, guess we’ll both find out if we’re insane or if writing is magical therapy?¿? But admittedly, it’s fun and addictive. I like your concept of five sentences and your writing style. Cheers, Mel.

  6. mandy91040 says:

    great take on the prompt, very original, it tells a great deal in those 5 sentences

  7. Ah, tis a blessing and a curse both! I’ve often thought of myself as a thief too, in that way 🙂

  8. Huma Masood says:

    interesting and creative…

    1. mrsreckless says:

      Thank you for reading!

  9. I never really thought of a writer being a thief. But I like it! Very perceptive. Love the ending too as it relates to writing/writers being solitary creatures most of the time. 🙂

    1. mrsreckless says:

      Thank you for reading and commenting! 🙂

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