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Two Phrase Story #38

I would like to present a word challenge. Thanks to Elusive Trope for encouraging me to get off my lazy ass and actually try to get more readers involved in this weekly game. I would never have attempted it if you had not pushed me, ET!

The premise is simple. I provide one phrase every Thursday, an incomplete string of words, and it is up to you to complete it in your own, inimitable way. However you like, taking it in any direction you want.

If you like the concept and think other people might be interested in participating, please play along and post the complete challenge on your blog and leave a link in the comments section below. If you’d just like to take part yourself, please post the reply directly in the comments section. I will be posting all the replies together with links to the contributors in 10 days, i.e. the Saturday after next.

I love the mental exercise, I hope you do too!

This week’s phrase –

“I held the glass before my eyes……”

My attempt

“…….and there she was, behind me, my ghost.”

Your turn!


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


58 thoughts on “Two Phrase Story #38

  1. Nice one.
    I held the glass before my eyes to avoid those prying eyes.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Indira | 25/04/2016, 2:44 PM
  2. I found this on jane Docherty writes and came to see. Thank you for allowing me to intrude.

    “I held the glass before my eyes… But still it was dark as night, not a flicker beckons me as I blindly stumble, and leave the room.

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by ellenbest24 | 24/04/2016, 1:33 PM
  3. I loved this challenge! I saw it on Jane Dougherty’s blog and gave it a go myself.

    I held the glass before my eyes and wrapped my fingers around it as she had done, awkward angles with my longer fingers bent to conform as I melded our fingerprints, briefly smudging reality, her hand in mine in her final moments.

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    Posted by 10000hoursleft | 24/04/2016, 7:29 AM
  4. “I held the glass before my eyes…and lo the lens did make me wise, beyond my years, beyond my fears, I saw into each of my lies.”

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by denmaniacs4 | 24/04/2016, 1:09 AM
  5. Just realised, we were thinking along the same lines. Great minds…

    “I held the glass before my eyes…

    …and saw the door behind me open slowly, felt the air grow chill, but there was no one there.

    Liked by 3 people

    Posted by Jane Dougherty | 24/04/2016, 12:56 AM
  6. possibly the only remnant of her controversial and last sculpture.


    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Elusive Trope | 24/04/2016, 12:19 AM
  7. I held the glass before my eyes…and I spent the rest of my life like that, unsure if it was half full or half empty.

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by LionAroundWriting | 22/04/2016, 7:22 AM
  8. A great challenge, and I enjoyed the response you got.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Otto von Münchow | 22/04/2016, 5:38 AM
  9. …and my eyes were singed by the last drop of straight vodka.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by tedgiffin | 22/04/2016, 3:00 AM
  10. I held the glass before my eyes, mesmerized how my eyes now bug eyed reminding me of a frog I just the other day mercy killed having inadvertantly chopped his leg off with my garden spade.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by AmyRose🌹 | 21/04/2016, 8:30 PM
  11. Here is mine: I held the glass before my eyes, I remember the first time I saw your face…

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Amy | 21/04/2016, 8:11 PM
  12. I held the glass before my eyes mulling whether to ease my pain in one gulp or drown in my sorrows, sip by sip.

    Liked by 3 people

    Posted by neelwritesblog | 21/04/2016, 7:49 PM
  13. “…and saw the finger prints that would lead us to the perpetrator.”

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Victo Dolore | 21/04/2016, 4:48 PM
  14. “I held the glass before my eyes and for the first time saw how the crystal disfigured his otherwise handsome features. Was this the real him?”

    Liked by 3 people

    Posted by Borderline Med | 21/04/2016, 11:09 AM
  15. and stared, mesmerized at the sight of the world through the amber liquid, then with a violent shake of my head, slammed the shot and hurled the glass to the hearth! ; )

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by williamleeone | 21/04/2016, 10:57 AM
  16. I held the glass before my eyes, turning my world into a sea of red.

    I love creative challenges like this, they’re so much fun to do and it never hurts to flex that creative muscle every now and then.
    I do creative challenges on my blog as well, it’s called SixThreeOne. I’m providing an image for my readers and I challenge them to write me three six-word stories inspired by the chosen image. You’re more than welcome to check it out. 🙂
    So, your challenge is quite different from what I’m used to, however I’m looking forward to more. I’ve licked blood now! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by prospermind | 21/04/2016, 10:32 AM
  17. I have nominated you for the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge….If interested go ahead and check my post for the same….😄😄

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by itsmeharshi | 21/04/2016, 10:20 AM
  18. Thanks for the linkup, Jane!


    Posted by hbhatnagar | 24/04/2016, 11:45 AM


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