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When a baby is born, it knows how to cry. A natural act that doesn’t need to be taught.

But what if the crying and subsequent talking don’t come naturally?

And there are blanks in between that need to be filled.

Find out more by reading ahead and clicking the blue link. Enjoy!

When the baby was born, it cried in fits and starts like a car engine sputtering to life on a cold, winter morning, stalling several times before it bellowed its frustration. Being the first child of an inexperienced mother, the boy’s peculiarity was mistaken as a newborn characteristic. But when the baby’s cries didn’t improve […]

Fill in the Blanks by Terveen Gill — Gobblers / Masticadores // Editores: Manuela Timofte / j re crivello

26 Comments on “Fill in the Blanks by Terveen Gill — Gobblers / Masticadores / Flash Fiction

  1. Wow! Lovely story. My daughter used to talk and act like this. He said don’t listen and don’t understand unless she speaks clearly. Now she talks a lot.

  2. Yay, Terveen! What a fun way to start my day! I love your weird sense of humor and your writing skills are an exquisite vehicle for delivering it to your readers. Nicely done! 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Mike. You are truly a gifted writer. Even your comments sparkle. And humor should have an edge of weirdness. Keep smiling! 🙂

  3. What a surprise ending. Haha. Actually I heard from my relatives that one of my distant relatives is like this. She habitually swallowed every last word of routinely used phrases–one word for each sentence. People always told her that she did that deliberately, but nobody could tell for sure whether it’s a sickness or a deliberate attempt at grabbing attention.

    • Haha! That’s quite close to this story. I think the mind works in so many fascinating ways and this could definitely be one of the flaws that it may experience. Abnormal ways are often viewed with skepticism. Thanks so much for your sharing. I am always intrigued. 🙂

  4. hahaha; I enjoyed this strange, off kilter story; exquisitely told; it had extra meaning for me as I had a speech defect right through my early years

    • Thanks so much, John. I’m glad you shared this. There’s so much one goes through in life. But kids often tend to be more resilient. Wish you well and let’s keep laughing. 🙂

  5. Another ____ job, ____. Once ____ you _____ to ______ the _____ of _____ story. Boiling ____ the ____ points ____their _____ form. I ___ my ___ to ____. I _____ this ______ foolish, ____ I _____ you _____ with _____ my ____. Please _____ your _____ with _____ you ____ writer. Well ____.

    • I know I’m going to keep trying to fill in these blanks. Thanks for killing the cat with curiosity. And I’m presuming that you said something nice. Thank you and it means a lot to me. 🙂

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