The Alpha Female

sb10065616b-001.jpgThe challenge: Write a short story of 26 sentences, each beginning with a letter of the alphabet, from A to Z

The Alpha Female by Mark Evans

“Again! Be yourself this time!”

Creases line her forehead. “Do you see anyone else here?”

“Exactly!” he shouts. Forefinger presses ‘play’ and the sound of shouting fills the room.

Gunfire and screams. Hell on Earth.

In a millisecond she is crouching once more. Jinking to the left, she pauses, waiting for the invisible laser to pass overhead.

“Kill the lights!” he shouts. Left hand punches out and she flicks an invisible switch. Midnight floods the room.

“Now: roll, pause, crawl, swivel… jump through the door before it falls shut. One chance! Push it!”

Quick as lightning her body flexes and coils, following his orders. Reality is only what her imagination conjures. Sirens blare.

Titanium bars bite down behind her but she stops them with a clenched fist and she leaps forward. Upon this square foot of floor space she uses her other skills. Vastly more powerful than her physical skills, these are the talents that he requires from her. With such a love as his, how could she not follow his every word, his every direction… his every need.

X-rays or Y-rays allow her to see him standing before her; he is her man and she can see his every bone… and the heart he says beats only for her.

“Yes,” the skeleton standing before her grins, clapping its bony hands as the sounds on the tape fade to silence.

“Zeta, be yourself and truth shall show you great riches… in whichever safe deposit box they lay hidden!”

Daily Prompt A-Z


  1. I loved the pace in this, great bit of writing ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you, Helen! I was fairly swept along myself and refused to plan it out. Far tougher that way… and far more exciting! Cheers, Mark

  2. Gripping! Not being a fiction writer myself, I am doubly impressed that you created something so compelling alphabetically! Way to go ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Sarah,
      Thanks so much for taking the time to read it!

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    1. Thank you, Anthony!

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  6. Nice yarn Mark – was both fast and powerful. An engaging use of the prompt, I liked the fact that you combined both action and dialogue, a lot of the other stories I have read based around the prompt have done more passive things, so an action scene is a welcome and original new flavour to savour – great stuff!

    1. Thank you! Once dialogue reveals character and maybe propels the plot, it’s far more than small talk!

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