Daily Fiction Writing Challenge Day 9: Resisting Temptation

As part of my on-going effort to write more fiction daily, I’m participating in the StoryADay challenge for May. I also started a few days early rather than put it off.

The prompt today was to write 100 words using an aphorism. I chose this one: Coyote is always out there waiting, and Coyote is always hungry. In Yoki K. Gondor’s 2014 collection “Fine Aphorisms, Proverbs & Philosophical Quotes
From Around the World” this is attributed to the Navajo people.

Writing a complete thought in 100 words or less is not easy, but I’m fairly happy with how this came out.

Resisting Temptation

Alisha Tompkins didn’t have a chip to prove it, but it had been 469 days since she last gave in to temptation. It was always that niggling thought, tickling at the back of her brain. She could stop at almost any store or the local casino and scratch the itch.

Most days, she could push it down, reason it away, keep her commitments to those she loved. But today even the radio was taunting her.

“Power Ball hits new record high. What would you do with all those millions?”

She turned off the radio and listened to Spotify instead.



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Lucinda Gunnin

Lucinda Gunnin

Lucinda Gunnin is a commercial property manager and author in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She’s a news junky, sushi addict, and geek extraordinaire.