Friday, February 5, 2010

Flash Fiction Mini Ficlets

Today a talented acquaintance told me of an interesting contest. A clever gal is offering prizes for her favorite short story from contributors.

Did I say short? Try 40 words. The theme is "seize the day". I thought I'd share what this challenge inspired.

But first, here's the link if you'd care to give it a try: Head Above Water

My three stories follow. I hope you enjoy these untitled snippets.

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He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts.

The stuttering boy’s vocal exercise ran through the nervous man’s mind like a mantra. He could do this. He knew his presentation. He needed the promotion.

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Rain again. Walking along, drenched, he missed the weather of his mountain village, thunderstorms rumbling through snow-filled valleys. Why had he ever left? Then he looked at the sign announcing his art exhibit. Maybe rain wasn’t so bad after all.

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“Let’s see,” she said aloud to herself. “Pickled eggs, fried chicken, potato chips, chocolate truffles, and wine. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Let’s hope they’re right.”

Sarah lifted the picnic basket, shoulders squared.

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