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.
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.
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.
“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.