August MacGregor

Celebrating Sensuality. Intended for mature audiences, 18 and over

Two Tree Branches


Inspired by fellow author Nicci Haydon, I tried writing a story of four sentences. It’s a good challenge, one that I enjoyed as I took a break from editing a novel. Quite a shift in speed to come up with a story in a limited amount of space…

Two Tree Branches

Travis thought of Denise from accounting as aloof until, at the office happy hour, they both complained about the soulless song playing in the background at the bar, behind their co-workers’ chatting. They launched into a tipsy conversation about U2 — with Denise firmly resolved that their finest album was The Joshua Tree, and Travis arguing the band hit more powerfully with War. They finally agreed to disagree and played three rounds of darts, all of which Denise won, then they called it a night — going their separate ways in Uber rides. The next Friday night, after dinner at a Thai restaurant then going to Denise’s apartment, they first kissed as “With or Without You” started, and Travis knew he wanted to draw out much more from Denise — but at a slower pace than he was used to.


Author: augustmacgregor

I'm a writer of erotica and romantic fiction.

15 thoughts on “Two Tree Branches

  1. This is great! Often I find these exercises grow into larger works. Micro fiction/poetry on twitter has Sharpened my skill at both writing and editing. Well done, August!

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    • Thanks Eric. I can see how this exercise would sharpen those skills of paring down a story. And Twitter is even more challenging, with that stricter character limit. Talk about *really* getting to the core of a story.


  2. Nice..Makes me want to read more.. 🙂

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  3. Great story, in a short space of time, there were real characters there, leaving me wanting more, which all stories should

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  4. You’ve done a great job of packing in a lot within a few sentences. In my opinion, short and thorough beats wordy and “routy”, but I’m a poet what do I know. Nothing wrong with slow, Gus. I think Travis is right, by the way, as far as U2 goes.

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  5. I love this story – really sweet little romance going on there and some in depth characters. Nice 🙂

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  6. This was so well done. A great writing exercise.

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