It appears that a bit of phenomenon is taking place over at Chuck Wendig’s blog Terrible Minds. Each Friday he broadcasts a Flash Fiction Challenge, invoking those willing, to come up with a 1000 word flash fiction story according to the topic or theme of the week, as set by Mister Wendig himself.
This week, however, the challenge was to do the same, but in 100 words. Yes, write a story in ONE HUNDRED words. Impossible (to be shouted in thick French accent)! You might protest, but alas mes cheries, it can be done.
I’ve had a crack at doing this once before when entering the 100 Words or Fewer contest, whose link can be found over to the right there under ‘Groovy Links’. I received some pretty good feedback from my last entry into that contest, and although I didn’t win anything, I was keen to try it again.
So, with that deadline coming up again and with all the action happening at Terrible Minds, I felt that maybe the stars were aligning to send me a message. Something along the lines of, “Get off your butt and write something.” Not one to disagree with the star gods, I today took up the challenge.
So what is this week’s theme? Revenge. Muahahaha!
Check out all the details about Chuck’s challenge here. Meanwhile, here’s my entry:
A Royal Retribution
Perched high on her dais, the Queen looked down upon the people of her kingdom.
The nobles shifted uncomfortably, their garments glittering in the afternoon light. Beyond them, the stench of the penniless beggars rudely invaded her nostrils.
In a magnificent show of dignified ceremony she bowed low to her people and proclaimed,
“Had he remained loyal, I would have seen fit to let him live.”
Yet it was neither these words, nor the sharp sound of the sword being unsheathed that they would remember, but her gracefulness as she knelt to receive the cold blade for assassinating their King.