Some are dark, some are light, some are both, but all are 500 words or less. "A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film." ~Lorrie Moore These are my brief love affairs, my quickly-taken photographs, my breaks from novel works in progress or writing exercises that turned out to be rather fun! (If they are from a writing exercise, I will include the prompt.) Why the name Polished Messes? Because these stories are not perfected, they're just polished up a bit to be presentable before sending them into Wattpad world. Because sometimes as writers, we obsess WAY too much about being perfect. Happy reading and writing, I hope you enjoy them! ~*~ ©2020 by Sidney Brooks/Laura Bowers. All rights reserved. Plagiarism is illegal and punishable by law.