A flash of 100 words

I was late to the party for Morgen Bailey’s monthly competition this month gone. I missed the September deadline by a day. But it did not stop me from giving it a go as an exercise and sharing with you my offering for the 100 word flash fiction story. The rules are: there is a prompt and also your story must be 100 words exactly, not including the title. The theme for September was the swimming pool.

So taking the challenge, which is a great exercise for writers to tighten their writing and make every word count plus remember it must be complete and not just an excerpt, I got to writing. Read my offering below and I hope you enjoy it. To check out Morgen’s competition you will find her on FB at the link following my story.

The Swimming Pool

The homeowner wanted a new pool and Donald’s gardening company was building it. Today they were digging out the foundation.

Counting steps to the left, Donald sprayed a line marking the edge. He stepped in the next direction and repeated the procedure. Locating the centre of the dig, he sprayed an X.

Once the X spot was dug, he would later bury the body personally, his crew unaware of their boss’s side-line. A side-line which gang-lords paid Donald well. He would build on the grave, like he had with previous jobs.

Donald loved the outdoor life his gardening job provided.

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There you have it, short and sweet. The link to Morgen’s page is here: https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/100-word-free-monthly-competition/

Happy reading,

Mary x

Author: marytbradford

Mary T Bradford has been writing mainly short stories for several years now and has enjoyed success with her fiction in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies both in Ireland and abroad, in Germany, India, and the US. her stories have been placed and both short/long listed in various competitions. It was because of this success, Mary took the plunge and self-published her first collection of stories titled, A Baker’s Dozen (2012). She decided to tackle a novel when one of her stories kept getting longer and the word count continued to climb and so ended up with her first published novel, My Husband's Sin. The follow up to this, Don't Call Me Mum, is available now too. Mary continues to write novels and short stories. Her books can be found on Amazon. She has dabbled too in writing plays and has seen her work shortlisted and performed. In 2019, Mary attended the University of Limerick and studied for a MA in Creative Writing. In August 2020, she submitted her thesis for evaluation. When taking a break from writing and reading Mary loves to crochet or cross-stitch. Living in County Cork, Ireland, she is married and is a mother of four children. Having overcome open heart surgery in 2008, Mary made the decision to dedicate more time to her writing. Her children were almost raised by then and were starting to spread their wings. Family is important to her and her writing reflects the ups and downs of life, relationships, and all that people go through daily.

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