I’ve been trying to submit at least one story a month, and I submitted “Suffocation” to 50-Word Stories on the 3rd of March. I’d forgotten and was messing around editing it, got distracted and started browsing 50-Word Stories - there are such fabulous stories there and all in only 50 words!

Imagine my surprise when I found that Suffocation had been published!

I’m going to put my new version here as I think it’s better. It also has a new name that is more hopeful.


You wipe your tears and vow he will never hurt you again. Stuff toys in a bag, tuck the baby under your arm, plead with the car to start quietly. Driving into the glow of a new dawn, you don’t notice the moment when darkness lifts and you breathe again.

Mathematician and writer. Find me on Twitter @FionaHEvans.