100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups Week# 43

Pop over to Julia’s if you would like to try the weekly 100 word challenge http://jfb57.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/100-word-challenge-for-grown-ups-week43/

The prompt this week is ‘The flame flickered before . . .’ and here are my 100 words,

A Cautionary Tale

‘The Flame Flickered Before Her Eyes and Other Stories’ by Randy Walton, ‘What? That’s weird Sal, look. I’m going in.’

‘It’s just a coincidence honey.’

‘But it looks like my photo as well.’

The bell above the door made the shopkeeper briefly raise his head from his own reading, then he tutted when Margi stood over him.

‘This book, it’s self published right?’

‘Yeah and it’s very successful, been at the top of the short fiction charts for weeks. Everyone’s reading short stuff these days.’

Margi turned to the contents page. Twelve short stories. Her short stories, all of them.

37 thoughts on “100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups Week# 43

  1. Hi,
    A great short story, I could easily picture this girl being astonished at seeing her work and her picture on that book. Well done. 😀

  2. Looks like Margie needs a good lawyer so that she can nail Randy to the wall for copyright infringement. Very good, Gilly … you always manage to get your point across in such a short, sweet, and interesting manner. 😉

  3. Gilly, I think that’s the most original story from this prompt I’ve read yet!

    And a great cautionary tale, too. Love the way the situation builds and builds.

  4. Margi must know this person well for them to have had access to so many of her stories. Definitely time to sue. I’m wondering what the shopkeeper’s tutting was about.

  5. Oooooh! It reminds me of Roald Dahl’s ‘Tales of the Unexpected’. How clever you are to come up with a response to this prompt that is ‘outside the box’ – and in so few words, too. I love it that the ending is a mystery – well done, Gilly, you had me hooked! 🙂

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