Welcome back! I'm so glad you could join us for another romp around the flash fiction gardens! Or, if you're like me and suffer from seasonal allergies, perhaps a garden romp doesn't sound so appealing? It's so disappointing to have absolutely gorgeous weather, but the moment you go outside it seems that every gland in your face both swells and leaks, not to mention the sneezes. Ah well, perhaps a romp in the office will suffice, BUT ROMP WE WILL! A LITTLE POLLEN WILL NOT STOP US! So onward friends! Write some wonderful romps! Have at you!
If you haven't read the full version of the rules, go here. Otherwise, here's the short version:
1. Start with the given first sentence. (Allowable alterations listed below)
2. Up to 500 words
3. Keep it clean (nothing rated R or above)
4. Optional Special Challenge
5. Stories submitted must be your own work, using characters and worlds that you have created. Sorry, no fanfiction.
6. Include: Twitter/email, word count, Special Challenge accepted
7. The challenge is open for 24 hours on Tuesday EST
Oh, and feel free to change pronouns, punctuation, tense, and anything in brackets to fit the story/pov/tone. I'm not going to be TOO picky... Our judge however...
Our Judge today is Clive Tern. Read his winning tale from last week here! Clive writes poetry, flash fiction, and short stories from a secret redoubt in rural Perthshire, Scotland. When not writing, reading, educating (his two oldest children are home educated), or caring (various health issues in the family, from Epilepsy to autism to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome), he likes to plan a menu, don his chefs jacket, and pretend to be the next Masterchef. He’s currently working on two projects, both collections of short stories. the first is to be a cycle of fifty stories, one for each US state - a challenge for someone who has never been there. The other is a collection of tales set on a non-earth world with a vague steampunk ethic - a challenge for someone who has never been there. Follow him on twitter @clivetern, and spot his occasional gripes about how hard writing is at www.clivetern.com.
Your first sentence for FINISH THAT THOUGHT #2-42 is:
When we hit the [county/state/whatever] line we cheered.
Your SPECIAL CHALLENGE from the judge is:
Include a description where the main character is compared to a fruit.
AAAAAAAND WE'RE OFF!!!