Six Sentence Sunday, 3 July 2011 (The Shape-shifter’s Tale)

When I met Max, I was a boy, which is not to say that I’m a boy right now. I was black-haired, hazel-eyed, six feet tall and burly: a good look, a safe look for that afternoon and evening. I put on the best skin for walking the city, and often it’s safer to change sex. To be inconspicuous as a man, it’s important to have been inconspicuous as a woman, and I am a little brown sparrow of a person. I was a sparrow this morning. That still shows in the way my brain is hopping from place to place: quick, sharp, beating my wings against the brisk wind, throwing my shadow on the sidewalk below.

Special thanks to my writing buddy Devin Harnois for telling me about the wonders of Six Sentence Sunday.

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19 Responses to Six Sentence Sunday, 3 July 2011 (The Shape-shifter’s Tale)

  1. I enjoyed your description of how she selected her appearance for the surroundings, but how the tiny person remained inside. Nice!

  2. Randi Alexander says:

    Great insite into his thoughts. Good deep POV paragraph. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love the idea of the shape-shifter still thinking like a sparrow, as if none of the forms he/she takes ever really leave.

  4. Bree Younger says:

    So intriguing to follow the through process as the shifter changes form. Great snip!

  5. Fantastic writing! I’m already intrigued with this character. Tell us more. 🙂

  6. gayleramage says:

    Oh, wow love this, and I love the voice, too. Great snippet!

  7. Alix says:

    Great descriptive six! Well done with your character developement.

  8. Lindsay says:

    Interesting. Definitely has my interest

  9. I love this. The rhythm and description match beautifully. Fantastic writing and an intriguing character!

  10. Zee Monodee says:

    Oooh, this is lovely- amazing descriptions, and you’re so into your character!

  11. Cate Masters says:

    Love this lyrical prose! Almost like poetry. Wonderful six.

  12. Marie Dees says:

    Oh, that’s fun. I like the sparrow with thoughts hopping from place to place. (I have friends like that. I will now call them sparrows)

  13. Wow! Very intriguing and great voice!

  14. sassyspeaks says:

    I love shape shifter stories! I could really see this. Great descriptions

  15. Very intriguing snippet! I loved this. It definitely makes me want to read more.

  16. Glad you finally took the plunge! I still love this opening. 🙂

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