Write a story in which none of the characters can speak.
Try to think about why the characters can't speak and how they interact: are they unable to speak, is something preventing them from doing it, are they choosing not to?
Christmas is coming! Let’s dance and sing with plenty of joy we can bring! Tonight is Christmas Eve! I love seeing the fireworks! I have never heard them though, I’m Deaf. I love our Deaf community! That’s who I’m spending Christmas with. All of my friends. And my Deaf partner, Rae! I sign to my partner:
« I love you. Merry Christmas! »
« It isn’t Christmas yet, my love! »
I sign back ...
Annie’s watch said it had been three hours. About every thirty seconds she would press the button to check, hoping 21 hours would have passed by. Of course they didn’t. The watch wasn’t really hers either. But that was a matter best left untouched in her mind…
Currently she was in one of the small dirt tunnels, bent over to keep her head from whacking a stone on the ceiling. Her thought process, ...
The sound of my sister sweeping downstairs begins to nudge me out of sleep. There is no sign of daylight thanks to the thick curtain I have hung over the only window in my room. Curtain is a loose description for the thick scraps of velvet material I found at goodwill and hand stitched into a makeshift shield between my bedroom and the drab town of Bedmont.
Whsssh whsssh whsssh… the hard fibers ...
A bird, a chipmunk, and a squirrel made hand movements to get across their message. They ate birdseed with acid rain in it.
They couldn’t make a sound. Eventually they found a barn with a dirty floor and communicated by writing figures in the dirt on the floor. One knew a farmer who knew a doctor.
While scampering to the farmers house, they saw a horse they knew and scratched symbols in the d...
Her eyes. They are alive, excited, expressive, and deeper that the roots of an ingop tree. They speak more than words ever could. Which is one of the thousands of reasons I love her, and also the biggest reason we are still alive.
We are surrounded by the fog of hades. It is deadly if inhaled directly. I struggled for months to make masks that would allow us to breath outdoors. The only flaw is ...
“Welcome, contestants, to the Room Of Silence. Your challenge will begin in a few minutes. I shall now explain the rule. Yes, there’s only one rule. The rule is: no talking. Any kind of vocal activity is forbidden. How will we know? We have attached devices to each of you, to detect any kind of voice. Whispering is also forbidden. If this rule is broken, you are disqualified. It doesn’t matter how...
Though we are all squished together in this room like sardines in a can, there’s a sense of loneliness drifting among us. This hopeless, helpless, loneliness makes it hard for us to understand each other, to reach out and to comfort one another. With all our vocal cords stolen straight from our throats, speaking to one another is not an option.
You’d think that after 2 years together with our li...
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