Trifecta: Her Sister’s Keeper

Winter Trees

Her Sister’s Keeper (Monsters at the Gates: Part 1)

Dearest Annabelle,

It is with great heaviness in my heart that I write you today. We lost another goat last night, leaving only one. She is still providing milk, but it’s scarce and I worry that her time is short. Our supplies are dwindling too. I don’t think they will last the winter, though we ration them as best we can. I pray every day for an early spring and an end to this misery.

I’m comforted knowing you are safe and warm and that one day we will see each other again.

Your devoted sister,


Dearest Annabelle,

You did not reply to my last message. I hope all is well and you are simply too busy to write.

The nights seem longer now. Our supplies grow thinner every day and the tension in the house grows stronger. I’m afraid to sleep for fear that I might not wake up… but I mustn’t dwell on these things.

Oh, that I wish you were here with me. Please let me know you are still safe. I cannot bear to think otherwise.

All my love,


Dearest Annabelle,

Last night we lost our remaining goat. The monsters came for her. I don’t think we’ll survive the winter. Our supplies are so low and we’re all wondering when the monsters will come for us.

I’m worried about the others. I can feel their desperation through the walls of the house. It echoes my own. What if we turn on each other? I’m so frightened. I dare not close my eyes.

Please write back.




I hope that you are still alive, although I fear the worst.

The monsters found a way into the house last night. They took Harold and his brother Will. Their screams still haunt me. I know my time is short but I hope that someone will read this email and learn from what we discovered.

You can stop them. The head. Cut off the head.

I love you,


For more in this series, check out these links:

Monsters at the Gates: Part 2
Monsters at the Gates: Part 3
Monsters at the Gates: Part 4
Monsters at the Gates: Part 5

This is my submission for this week’s Trifecta writing challenge. The word this week is dwell and the third definition is:

a : to keep the attention directed —used with on or upon <tried not to dwell on my fears>
b : to speak or write insistently —used with on or upon <reporters dwelling on the recent scandal>

Here are the rules:

  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • Trifecta is open to everyone.  Please join us.


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27 thoughts on “Trifecta: Her Sister’s Keeper

  1. what happened next? i’m dying from the suspense..
    i think the letter format was brilliant and it’s wonderful seeing how the story unfolds with each letter
    very very well done 🙂

  2. ‘That someone will read this email’ – that was a surprise as the construction of the letters seem to exist in a much earlier time. Terrific writing. And the ending, of course, is a jolt – cut off the head. Yikes!

  3. Ooh… I love a good epistolary story. I was going to say this must have been written from Donor Summit between California and Nevada… until I came to the email part. Excellent.

  4. First I thought this was olden times and I was wondering who was delivering the letters and why they couldn’t go hunting or buy supplies if that were the case. In modern day that leaves me with so many more questions than answers… very intriguing.

  5. How interesting!Love the idea of monsters in a modern age where one emails-wonder if they are Robots or aliens?What do they do=eat them up?And why does Annabelle not answer-where is she?Great story:-)

    1. Thank you! I wanted to create contrast with this piece (language vs time period, etc.) so I’m glad it’s piquing some interest. Not sure exactly what kind of monsters they are yet… stay tuned!

  6. Intriguing – lots of questions I hope you’ll answer. I liked the letter format, but I also thought it was an earlier time…maybe it was the “Dearest Annabelle”…it seems formal for an email. Please continue this one!

    1. Yeah, I used the formal language deliberately to contrast with the modern setting. Their world is slowly coming together in my head, so the sisters will be back eventually! Thanks for commenting Janna! 🙂

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