Trifecta Challenge – Wretched

This post is a response to the weekly writing challenge from Trifecta.  Not only is this a challenge, it’s a competition.  One that comes with the rewards of triumph, increased feelings of self satisfaction and having your wondrous words featured on Trifecta.  Join in and be judged, you know you have the words to kick some literary bootay.

This week’s word:  wretched

She was wretched.  In all manners of the word.  Her stiffly tangled hair, rough from too much contact with the unforgiving back of the worn recliner.  Her attire, too cavernous, was unwittingly revealing.  Her demeanor, violently cavalier or embarrassingly meek dependent on the company, the weather, the cycles of the moon.  And, most pathetically, her lot in life.  The one, gleaming with promise, she had carelessly selected, ordered and paid for.  The one that fit snugly about her, except for the tiny sharp edge that she fingered over and over, startled each time by the jolt.


  1. I read this twice and it’s elegantly simple. I’m trying to pick a single phrase I like but I love them all.

  2. I love the idea of someone who can be “violently cavalier”. I love the idea that her life fits her except for a tiny sharp edge she fingers. I’ve got a spot like that on my favorite chair, which makes the reference to the recliner even more perfect from my perspective.

  3. There’s always a sharp edge somewhere, eh? Just waiting to dole out that jolt.

  4. Thanks for linking up, Joules. Another beautifully simple piece. You give us so many facets of her character in a short space, and at the risk of sounding repetitive, that’s another cracking last line!

    Hope to see you over the weekend.

  5. ooooooooooh so well described!

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