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The First Line

The Exercise

  1. There is something that you need to understand: I am not the person you think I am.
  2. Just on the edge of vision; it twinkled and glimmered, promising something beyond this darkness.
  3. Looking down at the blood on her hands, she tried to convince herself that she’d done everything right.
  4. “I’m sorry doesn’t cut it anymore,” she whispered as she turned her back to him.
  5. The chair stood empty in the corner, covered in dust and reminding her of him just the same.
  6. Dipak squeezed his eyes shut and sparks shot out in trailing red lines.
  7. There were so many candles lit around her that she could feel the heat of their flickering flames.
  8. Rain poured down and he imagined that it washed away his sin.
  9. “Why now?” she asked, cocking her hip to one side and planting a fist on her waist.
  10. Staring at the blank sheet of paper, she tried to comfort herself with the fact that not having ten first lines wasn’t the worst thing that could happen to her.


I am Myself I am a Wife Blessed with love I am a Mother Endowed with divinity Through the power of creation I am a Daughter Brought into this world With unending hope And the promise of the future I am a Sister Made fierce and strong While forged with kindness Protector and protected Spiraling together forever I am a Nurse Holding out the hands of healing And offering the sick comfort And the dying love Knowing that through this All things are healed and made whole I am a Writer Creating myself and world Sharing the inner depths of humanity Bringing together the divine And the humble mortal I tell the story of the Goddess And am remembered forever

2 thoughts on “The First Line

    1. I think that #3 or #4 could work in a 1st person story. #3 made me think of Peccant (spelling?) and I assumed that this would be when she ran from him. Not a bad starting line, but I kinda filled the story in myself >.< #4 felt awkward. I think it had an interesting idea to present, but I had to read it twice. I think it would work better as 2 lines rather than one.


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