Category: Narrative Writing

Sample Short Story 4

A short story titled ‘Journey by Night’

He stood alone, leaning against a post, and shifting his weight from one foot to the other. It was late, and the taxi-stand was empty. The street was silent. He looked up and down, hoping that some vehicle would come in sight, for he wanted to get home. But none came.

The silence began to pall. He started to whistle, but there was no mirth in it, and soon he stopped. Midnight, ten miles away from home! What was he to do? To begin to walk that distance was out of the question. A dark cloud passed across the sky, hiding the few pale stars that had been there. The noise of a falling dust-bin reached his ear. Some dog must have been scattering its contents.

Instinctively, his hand felt for his wallet. Yes, it was still there. If only he had a stick! But he had nothing with which he might protect himself. He began to walk up and down, up and down. What was that in the distance? At last two headlights were drawing near. He stepped into the middle of the street and held up his hand, and the car stopped.

“Taxi?” he asked. “Valencia?”

“Get in,” said the driver, opening the door. He sat beside the driver, glad to be on his way home at last. He had felt so lonely while he had been waiting. If only someone would say something! In the semi-darkness of the car he turned to look at the other passengers, but no one else was there.
The driver said nothing to him as the car sped along.

Suppose …


No, he mustn’t allow himself to think of that. He glanced at the driver, and again his hand went to his wallet. He had heard of passengers being attacked at night and being robbed. But surely …no, that couldn’t happen to him. If only he could see the other man’s face clearly! But he had no idea who the driver was. He kept his eye intently on him during the seemingly interminable journey. Now they were approaching a spot where the road branched off in another direction. There were tall, dark bushes around. The car slowed down, and the driver took something short and black from the side pocket of the car. It looked like an iron tool. Would the driver attack him with that?

“Stop!” he heard himself screaming, and his heart beat so fast with fear that he could hardly breathe.

But the car did not stop. Faster and faster instead, it went. Now they were nearing his destination. Did the driver intend to take him past and then…

“Put me down here,” he cried out.

Still with his eyes on the driver, he quickly stepped from the car as it came to a standstill. He fumbled with his wallet for his fare, but the taxi was no longer there. “No night passengers for me again,” exclaimed the driver, as, with a sigh of relief, he hurriedly moved off. And his hand tenderly caressed the heavy spanner with which he had meant to defend himself had that queer passenger attacked him!

Section C of the English A Paper 2 2018 Exam

(Suggested time:  45 minutes)  
You MUST answer ONE question from this section.  
Your answer should be approximately 400 to 450 words in length.  
You MUST write in Standard English.  However, dialect may be used in conversation. 
Write your answer on the RULED PAGES provided, pages 13 – 16.  You are expected to write within the word limit.  

In your answer, you will be assessed on how well you  

(a) used the stimulus provided 
(b) developed and organized the content of your writing
(c) used language appropriate to your audience, purpose and content 
(d) used appropriate grammar, sentence structure, paragraphs, vocabulary, spelling  and punctuation.  



3. Write a story based on the picture below.   

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4. She held her son close by her side as she walked quickly along the narrow road.  This was the moment.    

Write a story which includes these words. 
(25 marks)   


Sample CSEC Narrative Writing Practice Questions

Here are CXC past paper type short story questions.
These are the types of short story questions that have been on
CXC English A past papers
NB CXC suggests spending no more than 45 minutes to answer the short story question on Paper 2 of the English A exam. They also suggest 400 – 450 words as the short story length
Write a story entitled, “The decision that saved my life.”
“Jamila turned and walked away. I knew then that I had lost a friend.”
Write a story in which this sentence plays an important part.
Write either a story OR a description entitled,
“The village where nobody lives anymore”.
Write a story which leads up to the following ending:
“To this day, people passing through Coconut Grove still stop to ask for Waspie.”
Write a story entitled: “The Dream That Came True.”

Punctuating of Dialogue Class Work- Narrative Writing

  1. Peggy said I have two cats. Do you have any pets?
  2. I have two dogs, three fish and seven snails said Joe.
  3. I have two cats said Peggy Do you have any pets?
  4. I’m not sure  said Sue, if i know how to do this test.
  5.  Has he brought any papers home? asked mother.
  6. He shook the tree so hard said Joan that the apples fell to the ground.
  7. We are going to write an editorial today said Mr Cumberland.
  8. Get out of here she said before i call the police.
  9. Dad said let’s go to Eagle Park if it doesn’t rain.
  10. I’ve never been to California  remarked Jane  Maybe my family will go this summer.
  11. Peggy said why are you here so early?



  1. Peggy said, “I have two cats. Do you have any pets?”
  2. “I have two dogs, three fish and seven snails,” said Joe.
  3. “I have two cats,” said Peggy, “Do you have any pets?”
  4. “i’m not sure,”  said Sue, “if i know how to do this test.”
  5.   “Has he brought any papers home?” asked mother.
  6. “He shook the tree so hard,” said Joan, “that the apples fell to the ground.”
  7. “We are going to write an editorial today,” said Mr Cumberland.
  8. “Get out of here,” she said, ” before i call the police.”
  9. Dad said, ” let’s go to Eagle Park if it doesn’t rain.”
  10. “I’ve never been to California,” remarked Jane, “Maybe my family will go this summer.”
  11. Peggy said, “why are you here so early?”