Inspiration struck yesterday after seeing a tweet from one of the followers, John Xero (@xeroverse). At his site, 101fiction, he posts a weekly piece of Flash Fiction. But, instead of aiming to create a story in around 1000 words, he aims to do it in, you guessed it, 101. The story I read was brilliant. It’s such a great idea and it immediately fascinated me. I strongly suggest that, once you have read below, use the link in this article to visit John’s site and check out all of his stories. You’ll enjoy them, I’m sure.
And so, here’s my attempt at a short story in exactly 101 words. I’ll steal John’s intro from his site (it seems fitting to do so), and the story will follow. Enjoy!
One word of title. One hundred words of story. Flash fiction by
John Xero Jack Holt.
John was sick of it all. His job, his neighbourhood, his life. He wanted out.
“Have you taken it?” Sandra, his wife, asked as he made his way from the kitchen. She wanted out too. He nodded and passed her the poison-laced cocktail.
She gulped it down; the glass instantly dropping to the floor. Falling into his arms, she wept.
“I love you,” she whispered.
“Goodbye, dear,” he whispered back.
As Sandra’s life slowly drifted away, John rested her body on the sofa. A smile stretched across his face: he hadn’t taken anything.
Free, he thought. Free at last.