Tried | Microfiction

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“What are you doing?”

“Painting, Mummy. Look. Our house.” He points at the crooked series of shapes and blobs on the page. “And us stood outside.”

“Look at the mess.”

“I put newspaper.”

“Look at your shirt.”

“I couldn’t find my apron.”

“Look at the bloody floor!”

The boy’s face blanches as he takes in the globs of paint soaking into the carpet.

“Go to your room.”

“I tried –”


The boy skulks out of her sight. She gathers up the layer of newspaper from the table and screws it into a ball, the family portrait at its centre.

Stories that Sing

I write one new story each week inspired by a random song from my Spotify library. This week it was “I Tried” by Lucy Rose.

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Author: Ellie Scott

Ellie Scott is a freelance copywriter and fiction writer from Sheffield, UK. She writes speculative and silly short stories and flash fiction. She has published two short story collections - 'Merry Bloody Christmas' and 'Come What May Day'. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize Short Story Competition. She can often be found loitering on Twitter (@itsemscott), Instagram (@tinysillystories) and Medium (@elliemaryscott).

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