FIVE MONTHS LATER
Georgina locked the front door of the café, then leaned her head against the door and sighed. A roar of cheers went up. She turned to find flutes filled with champagne lifted in her direction. She smiled, though hesitantly. Her face didn’t quite express the celebration that tonight should bring. Aubrey moved toward her.
Once upon a time… yeah, I’ve always loved it when stories start out that way. It always gives the impression that there’s a happy ending. But as we all know, not all stories go that way.
Take mine, for example.
I live on the wrong side of Brooklyn. It’s pretty down and dirty. At any moment of any day, deals are going down. People who look like thugs probably are, and people who don’t, probably are worse. They’re just cleaned up nicer. Anyway, you get the gist.
This was my submission for the Australian Writers’ Centre’s monthly “Furious Fiction” competition. This competition requests a 500 word (or less) short story, written in 48 hours, using certain criteria they send out at the beginning of the set time period. For this, the criteria was as follows:
- Your story must include a COUNTDOWN of some kind.
- Your story must include a character who SHARES A SECRET.
- Your story must include the word SERENDIPITY.
My story did not win any awards, but it was fun writing it!