Flash Fiction Challenge- 100 Words- Scavenger

Really, I wonder if I’m getting a little obsessive with the flash-fiction challenges. Here’s one I haven’t tried before, 100 words (eek!) incorporating the word “feasting”. Doing anything in less than 2000 words makes me dizzy and strains my skills to the breaking point, but here’s my attempt. I’ll just go lie down now….

Copyright 2015 Douglas Daniel

Ryan dashed across the debris-strewn street. Machine-gun fire echoed among the shattered buildings, but far away.

He circled the burnt-out tank, hurried down the steps to the basement door. He knocked; the door opened. He went inside.

Magda lowered the pistol she held. “You were gone so long,” she said. Behind her, in a corner, Lara huddled with the nameless boy, who never spoke.

“It was worth it,” Ryan said. “There will be feasting tonight.”

He showed them what he had found— three loaves of stale bread, a block of moldy cheese, and three shriveled apples.

Magda burst into tears.


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15 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Challenge- 100 Words- Scavenger”

  1. It’s awesome how you created such a complex background setup in so few words. As well as being a flash fiction piece, I feel like this could be the beginning to a really interesting story. I find myself wanting to know more about Magda (I have imagined her as a young girl holding a gun), about this conflict which has led to so much food shortage and fighting, and about “the nameless boy who never spoke.” We’re plunged right into the midst of the action and if this was the beginning of a longer piece, I’d definitely keep on reading! 😊

  2. This is a stellar example of writing a story in 100 words. There’s so much we don’t know, but it doesn’t matter because what you show us here are the important things. We know there’s danger. We know there’s hunger. We know there’s temporary relief.

    Welcome to the 100 Word crew! 😉

  3. welcome to 100 words! I love how this one word (feasting) is taking some us to a darker place. After your lie down you might want to flesh this out – it seems a good story, worthy of more.

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