These pieces were written for the Six Sentence Challenge, with the prompt word of ‘sin’.
Sin – Disambiguation from Wackypedia
Sin-22 – Catch-all for any sins we forgot first time around
Sincerity – That which once you can fake, you’ve got it made
‘Sin – Cry sometimes heard from the putting green
Syntax – Inexhaustible form of government revenue
Moccasin – 1. The sin of mockery 2. Adding chocolate to espresso coffee
Sinnindipity – The accidental discovery of someone who shares the same guilty pleasures
How Karen became AWESOME
Karen trawled the internet constantly, often feverishly, in search of evidence that the world was conspiring to bruise her soul at every turn and she was rarely disappointed, leaving her in a constant state of distress, a state she lamented to her ever-diminishing circle of online ‘friends’ (her real-life friends and family having long since departed the scene).
However, over time, she began to realise that her scattergun approach to attracting sympathy was simply not gaining her enough attention and she needed to find a way to harness an army of put-upon kindred souls that would one day crown her as the Queen of Outrageous Misfortune.
Slowly she crafted a conspiracy theory that centred on a Government plot to de-sensitise the citizenry to the daily assaults on their delicate and precious sense of self that she called the Toughen Up Plot (or TUP) and her acolytes became TUPpers, who brought forward endless stories of callousness that led to the scars known as ‘TUPper wear’.
The first to join in were the left-handed Catholics, closely followed by the victims of the ‘blue and green should never be seen’ tyranny, and then in quick succession, they were joined by vegans traumatised by ads for butcher shops, lottery losers not offered grief counselling and comfort dogs, University students in therapy because their lecturer mentioned a writer who was not ‘woke’, and mothers who breast-fed in public who felt blanked because no-one told them they were offended, and the list kept growing.
Karen was ecstatic; she had won the Internet but then, just as suddenly, she lost it.
She had succumbed to Andy Warhol Erasure Syndrome – Optimum Media Extent (aka AWESOME), in that she had become famous for 15 minutes and her time was up, which consigned her to a Living Hell of Irrelevance for indulging in the Sin of Pride, Subsection 2, Clause ii, ‘Preciousness’.
Bonus stoning scene – https://youtu.be/Cnn2aGVcCEc