Three Line Tales, Week 103

Welcome to Week 103 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales week 103: Andy Murray on court in Melbourne during the Australian Open 2017
photo by Christopher Burns 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!


She sits down and hides. She’s shaking. She’s not ready.

She’s faced by walls of eyes, anywhere she looks.

So many people who came to see her succeed.

This is the moment she’s been waiting for. All these years of training. All the fun others her age had, and she didn’t. For this. But she’s not ready. She needs better preparation, more training, another year.


The umpire’s voice pulls her out of her head. She’s trained, suffered and sacrificed for this.

This is the moment she’s been waiting for.

Think Serena.

She’s ready.

Time to serve for the match.

Hitting ’em Hard

(c) Dawn M. MillerI’m alone, on a tennis court that fills with water the moment it rains, then doesn’t dry off for hours. The waves batter the beach. The sky’s forgotten it’s supposed to be blue. I practice my serve until I’ve smashed all the balls over the net, walk over and start again.

Before I hit each ball, I imagine it has Tony’s face. He’ll be drinking on our balcony with his friends. They’re revolting, his friends.

I’ve embarked on this trip with great expectations. Now I can’t remember what I liked about Tony.

At least I’ll return with a killer serve.


Second week of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Find all the stories here.