Your Responses: The texts that made her laugh, made him cry, and changed things forever

The fictional thumbs have done their QWERTY roving, causing their fair share of both tears and laughter. As for those texters who took part in our prompt text challenge, the names of all the authors went into the Promptly 10-gallon hat, and one emerged via random drawing to receive some WD interoffice swag books–Chris Deaton. (Chris, when you get a free moment, can you e-mail your address to me at writersdigest [at]

Chris’ response to the challenge—”Write the text message that made her laugh, made him cry, and changed things permanently”—is below, followed by a few others. For the rest of the stirring lot, click here.

A regular Promptly prompt follows. Thanks to everyone who took part—the swag towers on my desk are beginning to teeter again, too, so expect a similar short-form drawing soon …


Ur bros flight was early. No worries if u r working late 2night. He said he had menottes 2 share b4 u came. Sounds yummy. Hope they r not fattening. Love his french accent 2! XOXO
(Chris Deaton)

I’m sorry. I can’t come home. Not with Sonny gone. Give Manny a kiss for me.
(Jeremy Corter)

U want my honey and I’m Winnie the Pooh. But I’m not as generous. Ur a heffalump and a woozle. I’m a bear who can’t share.
(Nathan Honoré)

Snt email to Dad lst nite. Hope he
replies.Only taken 15 yrs.Told him name, DOB,that I’m at uni,love
mcycles,have gf,am veggie,not Xtian,tall,dark hr,look like him.Weird 2
thk am kid of musician.0 talent inherited.At least got the looks.Wnder
if he’s got many other kids out there?Bloody tourin musos.If he dsn’t
reply at least I can say I tried.BTW,Mum,why didn’t u raise me
Xtian?Wouldn’t have bought it bt would have looked better to the Am’can
side of my family!U know wot they’re like over there.Maybe I cn read up
on it quick n fake it.Thn again,not too Xtian doin’ wot he did.Wl let u
kno if he replies.x

(Naomi Deasey)

Just got done at the doctors. We need to go back to the store and double up on everything. We’re having twins. Love you.
(Amy Kessler)

Handcuffs, or menottes, illustration by Abu badali, via Wikimedia Commons.


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He stared and stared, all through their dinner. And then, as they were leaving, he approached.

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