Why only five sentences?
– I love reading creepy/ghost stories. Most of you would probably remember those two-sentence creepy stories that went viral a few years ago. I enjoyed those very much and I thought I could write about something positive using only a few sentences. I’m hoping that a complete story is not only told, but also makes sense, while using only a few sentences (more or less).
I believe that words are powerful enough to deliver the same message a long story would in just a few words.
Please read on and share your thoughts if you will in the comments section at the end of this post.
Here are some Good Short Stories to Read — #6 A Collection of Five-Sentence Stories (More or Less):
She came in late to class when he first saw her.
“You’re late” he said.
“So I am” she responded with a flaunt of her hair and a dazzling smile that could light up a dark neighborhood, or a dark heart.
He knew then she was going to be a part of his life, one way or another.
He married her.
A man was purchasing a cup of coffee through the drive-thru and said “Buy the next driver a cup of coffee, on me. Please and thank you”.
Confused and fascinated, the cashier agreed.
When the next driver got his free coffee he said, “Now, I have this extra cash that I was going to get myself coffee with. Please take this and buy the next driver a cup of coffee on me as well.”
The cycle continued for more than half a day and became to be known as one of the more popular pay-it-forward success stories.
I prowl around as I wait for him go through the rectangular portals where he disappears to, and appears from, for most of the day.
If I’m not sleeping, I’m looking inside a lighted box where all kinds of events occur.
I think I saw my cousin there a few times.
When I get hungry, all I have to do is say a few words, and a waterfall of food appears in a section of this weird jungle.
I get to do this every day — life is good.
A man invited his friends for a hiking trip to the top of the highest mountain on Earth.
His friends were all over the world.
They all agreed that it was long overdue for a reunion and met up for the hike.
When they reached the top of the tallest mountain, he told them he was dying of cancer and that he climbed this mountain before, by himself.
This was the last thing in his bucket list — to bring his best friends to witness the most spectacular, most magnificent, and most phenomenal view on Earth.
A pirate gave a young boy one small bag of food while keeping a big, and obviously full bag for himself.
Both were stranded on a remotely small island, so small, you could see one end from another.
With obvious despise, the young boy went to the other side of the island with his bag of food, which he consumed rather quickly through the days, and the weeks, and the months they were stranded.
Remembering the pirate’s big bag and thinking that it is also filled with food, the young boy hungrily crawled back to where he was and saw that his bag was still obviously full.
The two exchanged some words about how the captain had nothing to share and the boy, angry and hungry, called him greedy, and made a desperate attempt for the big bag — the bag fell open and out came hundreds and hundreds of gold treasure…but, there was not even a crumb of food in the bag.
Unknown Hells vs Known Hells
Two choices were given to a prisoner of war: To walk out one door the captain has chosen, or to die of shooting.
“What’s outside that door?” The prisoner asked.
“Unknown hells.” The captain answered.
“I choose to die of shooting”, the prisoner declared, “at least I will be ready and prepared to receive what is coming.”
After the prisoner was shot to death, a guard asked the captain what’s behind the door…. to which he replied, “Freedom.”
When a student was asked to answer a problem on the board, the student refused the teacher.
“Why not?” The teacher asked.
“Because sir, I’m unintelligible. I’m mentally retarded. They call me DT sir, standing for “dumb twin”—my twin brother is the smart one” He answered.
As the students laughed at him, The teacher stood up from his desk and walked to the young boy, looked him in the eyes, and told him, “Don’t you ever say that again. Someone’s opinion of you doesn’t have to become your reality.”
Les Brown then became one of the greatest motivational speakers of our time, networthing at approximately $10Million.
The Chinese Bamboo
One day, a wise man gave me seeds to plant and left me with no more than a “Water these every day until it is time….you will know when it is time.”
So, the good student that I am, planted the seeds and watered their spot every day, for years to come.
During the first four years, as I water the seeds, I would always get comments such as “There’s nothing there, buddy”, “You’re only wasting water”, and my personal favorite, “You’re crazy”.
Yet I kept going and kept telling them with a smile, “Ah-hah! But this year, is my year! You’ll see!”
On my fifth year, tiny sprouts finally started appearing from the ground, and in less than three months after that, the seeds I planted were in full size — some 80 to 90 feet tall — creating me a magnificent forest of Chinese Bamboo Trees.
Story 1 – The Beginning
– This story was inspired by how I first met my wife. It seems like whenever I think about, or whenever people ask about how we met, this scene always comes to mind. I was class president for our college summer course and had the privilege of knowing everyone. That day I met her, I was only the class president for a day or two and I still didn’t know everyone. Then she came in late, I was near where she was sitting, she turned to me with a flaunt of her hair and the rest, as they all say, is history.
Story 2 – Pay-It-Forward
– This story was inspired from an article I read about paying it forward with coffee for the next driver in a drive-thru coffee shop. The story was the first time I’ve heard of it and the chain reaction that occurred afterwards have always marveled me. I would want to participate in a movement such as this one, or better yet, start one. The question is how.
There are a lot of coffee shops and food joints that offer this kind of service in order to help the homeless or a person who really needs it. If anything, even just holding the door for someone creates a chain reaction wherein you get to observe the person you held the door open for, would also hold the door open for the next person coming. We don’t have to, but we do it anyways. What’s even better is when the person says “Thank you” when you do a good deed because I feel like this is such a rare occurrence nowadays. “Please” and “Thank you” go a long way.
Story 3 – MoMo
-This story was inspired from hours and hours of watching our cat named, Momo. I’ve always wondered what he thinks when we go in and out of our small apartment. He sleeps by the front door and can peek through the slits underneath. The funny thing is that when we open the door to see what he would do, he would only stare at it in curiosity but never really walking out. He spends a lot of time looking out the window. We live in the second floor so I imagine that kind of vantage point for a cat is pretty amazing.
Story 4 – Vantage Point
-This story was inspired out of my love for hiking. Sometimes, I would go for a hike by myself to sort of test a trail out and then decide if it is a nice spot for my friends and I to hike through. I would like to be able to set up a nice hiking trip for us when we are much older, and to higher and more amazing spots. I put a lot of value in friendship. Real close friends are pretty much family. The level of trust and understanding doesn’t have to be pointed out, but it exists.
Story 5 – Sanji
-This story was inspired by a scene from the anime, “One Piece”. It is an anime about pirates….that really don’t act like pirates. Sanji is the cook in a pirate ship who teaches the importance of food especially when food and other resources are extremely scarce. The pirate gave Sanji the small bag of food, while he took the bag of treasure knowing full well that they were going to be stranded on that island for a long time.
A lot of people take their resources for granted that one would not know how important something is until it is lost and nowhere to be found. At the same time, we do not realize what sacrifices other people had to go through for us to just have the basic needs for survival. My dad’s words come to mind…“Differentiate your needs from your wants.”
Story 6 – Unknown Hells vs Known Hells
-This story was inspired from a story told by Les Brown. A prisoner of war asked to make two choices. One known, the other unknown. This could also be applied to our world today. We all have choices. A lot of us prefer to choose what is familiar without ever finding out what is beyond the unknown. People are so afraid of the unknown that they never realize that freedom could just be behind the unknown closed door. If only we could just open it, our lives may never be the same again.
Story 7 – Les Brown
-This story was inspired by one of Les Brown’s many stories. This one was of his own personal experience. Growing up, Les Brown was dubbed the “Dumb Twin” or DT, in comparison from his twin brother who was into athletics. Les was labeled “Mentally Retarded” and “Unintelligible”. He believed all of these labels until he met Mr. Washington, his mentor, and the first and only person who told him, “Someone’s opinion of you doesn’t have to become your reality.”, and his life was changed forever.
Les Brown talks about Mr. Washington from 0:55 to 1:40
Story 8 – The Chinese Bamboo
-This story was inspired by many. So many I couldn’t really pinpoint from whom I heard it first. The Chinese bamboo is so special because of its development process. It takes about five years and three months for a Chinese bamboo to fully develop and reach its full height. This is used as a metaphor in so many success stories as nothing worth it comes overnight. Sometimes it takes years before something, or someone, can be in full bloom, or fully developed, and along the way, people will doubt you and put in effort to stir you away from your goals. The challenge is how to maintain focus and be consistent in working hard towards your goals.
Patience, truly is, a virtue. Keep going.
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