The Challenge:

Write, on any subject you like, a sentence that:

  1. Starts and ends with the same word (or version of the same word).
  2. A sentence like a triangle: one that starts with unimportant details, and then builds up to the main idea or reveal in the middle of the sentence, only to fade away to a quiet end.
  3. Contains the words “only” and “very.”
  4. Repeats the same letter four times.
  5. Is an adaptation of Oyeyemi’s sentence, below.

“Nobody ever warned me about mirrors, so for many years I was fond of them, and believed them to be trustworthy” — Helen Oyeyemi: Boy, Snow, Bird

So here I go:

  1. Happiness is supposed to be found within yourself, not outside, but what if you were lost, broken and hurting and it was impossible to even have space for happiness?
  2. It was quite a romantic concept to give someone your heart, except she didn’t realise quite how literally her lover took the concept until she found the multiple jars of hearts in his basement one evening, and so she ran for the hills vowing never to love another again.
  3. It was only a kiss, she thought, but she couldn’t deny that it was a very nice kiss.
  4. The rain poured from the menacing dark clouds in the sky, pounding the window pane until the storm passed by.
  5. At what point in our lives do we start hating the person reflecting back at us? Take a good look in the mirror and see yourself for who you really are: beautiful, smart and loved.

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