#SampleSunday – Micro Story

One year, I did what I called Shorts in Season, during which I wrote one new flash fiction piece every three months. Ha! Slacker!

Anyway, the long version of this story is here. Here is a 50-word version I tried out:

Final Delivery
by Marian Allen

Dead end job. This box, then I send a tiny lead express package to my brain.

“Sign here.”

She dances on the gravel, grey braids flopping, house shoes flapping.

“It came! It came!”

The day ends with a beer, not a bullet. A black wreath doesn’t suit Father Christmas.

WRITING PROMPT: Does the micro story capture the essence of the “longer” story? Experiment with finding the “heart” of classic stories. of your stories.


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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