Three Line Tales, Week 135

Welcome to Week 135 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales, week 135: students in the New York Public Library
photo by Davide Cantelli via Unsplash

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!


A Good Doorman – Priceless

100 words about the zombie apocalypse in New York
Central Park Reservoir, (c) Sonya 2007

From her bedroom window, Camilla looks down on the masses shuffling along Fifth Avenue. She doesn’t dare going out on the balcony – she’s seen them climb trees like chimps going after people in the park.

The house phone rings.

‘Ms Vandenberg, Mr. Preston is here for you.’

Camilla laughs at Colin’s formality. He’s the reason the residents haven’t been overrun, but he acts as if it were part of the job.

‘Did he bring the guns?’

‘He did indeed.’

‘Colin, won’t you come upstairs?’

‘My place is by the door, Ms. Vandenberg. We don’t want undesirables coming in, do we?’


Written for Microcosms 4, which provided the following prompts: character – princess; location: New York City; genre: horror.

Dependence Day

Ten years ago, I watched men eat more hot dogs than they ought to eat and rode a wooden roller coaster on Coney Island. Later, I went to watch the fireworks on the East River.

I celebrated independence day, but not like everyone around me. I was free to do what I want – I went to NYC to prove it.

Today, I forgot what date it was. I spent the day on the beach, but on the other side of the Atlantic, running after three small children.

If there are fireworks anywhere tonight, I hope they won’t wake me up.