Flash Fiction Short Story: A Situation

I’m participating in Mel’s Midweek Writing Menagerie #7 and chose to use the first sentence starter.  Enjoy!

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A Situation

The first time I died, I was nineteen years old and resigned to my fate; the second time was a different story. Life with it’s strange plot twists, I think back, and my fate of dying with cancer was more dignified than where I am now. I fought the fight. I freaking kicked its ass! Let’s be clear here, it was no walk in the park. I had many conversations with the Almighty and my doctor’s who thought they were the almighty, about my situation. It was just that, a situation. One last option – surgery.

I died on the operating table…coded, flat lined. Sayonara everyone, that’s all she wrote. Okay, well she put the pen back down but dang if she didn’t wait a good thirty seconds before she jumps starts my heart.

Clear! Pow!

Clear! Pow!

In case you’re wondering, that shocking back to life f*cking hurts! So yeah. I was technically dead at nineteen, well at least three whole minutes. When I came to, life was ahead of me. Cancer was kicked to the curb, although it’s headline stayed with me for a year until I was given the all clear sign from the almightys.

So here I am ten years later, trying to shield some innocent girl during a freaking convenience store robbery and who gets shot? Nope, not me. Oh no, that’s not what happened. That would have been better, a hero’s death.

The innocent girl gets shot. I pull her out of the way. She was in her early twenties, who was weathered from life at a young age, not all that different from me. Although I was bald at her age – thanks, chemo, she had a headful of rainbow colored hair. She was crying and clutching her side that was soaked red.

Squeal of tires and the rev of the car engine sent the message the robbers were outta here.

“Hey? You back there?”

I looked around the corner and saw it was the owner behind the register.

“You okay?”

“I’m good, the girls been shot.”

Me, the owner, and another bystander rallied and had the girl, Mandy, bandaged up when the ambulance and medics arrived and took over. She asked I grab her backpack and ride with her. Okay, so I might have thought we might have a moment here. So the good guy I am, I did exactly that. She wasn’t typically my type, but you don’t mess with fate, right? Wrong.

I should have known better when she claimed I was her boyfriend to the medics so that they would allow this request. Let’s just say I was flattered and went with the flow. Why not, she looked like she needed me.

Nope. It was the backpack she needed, not the chemo surviving IT guy over here.

How do I know this while she is in surgery? It’s because I’ve been in the waiting room for three hours, and I decide to invade her privacy. Seriously, don’t judge me – you know you would do it too. Well, any guy would right, gotta figure out who this Mandy chick is?

Backpack contents:
1 – semi-automatic handgun
5 – bundles of $10,000 cash
2 – tee shirts
1 – small toiletry bag with makeup and a toothbrush and,
the piece de resistance 1 – picture of me sitting at my desk at work.

What the- Sh*t!

There is a mother and father sitting in the left corner holding hands waiting for news on their daughter in OR 2. On the right of me, is an elderly man who keeps nodding off and waking up most likely waiting on someone in OR 1. I’m there waiting on OR 3 or was about two minutes ago until I looked into that backpack. I shrugged it over my shoulder and headed for the elevator. Self-preservation is kicking in; she targeted me for something. There is money in here. Okay, I can’t ignore the gun either, was that convenience story robbery just my lucky day or a plan gone wrong?

I’m a nobody. The average looking decent guy who is good with computers, but not like super computer guy. When I step out of the elevator, I leave the backpack there. I look to the left and the right and realize I’m not in the lobby, strange that was the floor button that I hit. This area was a part of the hospital they are doing construction on, wires are hanging down, plastic sheeting is everywhere.

I get tackled from behind; a bag placed over my head, my hands are zip tied behind me. Not a big struggle from me, because the obvious muscle throwing me around like a rag doll has got to be Dwayne Johnson’s twin brother or something. Finally, I’m knocked out cold.

When I come to, I’m in a box of some kind. No, longer head bagged and hands-free of the zip tie. Feeling around it feels like a coffin, it’s dark, and there is little air, it smells like salt water. I also feel wet, did I pee myself?

Yes, this isn’t how I thought I would die. How do I get in these situations?

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Sure was fun participating in this week in the prompt, it’s been awhile since I participated.  You can participate and check out Mel’s Midweek Writing Menagerie.  Loads of fun and some good entertaining stories to boot.

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June – Write a Page a Day Challenge

I came across and interesting challenge, in which you write a page a day for the month of June. Sounds a little crazy, right? So I said heck yea, I’m in!

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Nothing to verbose in the details mind you, on the ‘how to’s’ of one page a day. Doesn’t mean you have to stop at one page, but at a minimum you’re putting in the effort of at least a page. Now, if your one of those types that need a bit of direction as to what one page equals here you go:

One page will equal the US standard of 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper or computer screen, double spaced and typed is equal to about 500 words. Granted depending on word use and font selected it could be less or a few more.

How I will go about this challenge isn’t some long winded novel exercise, that will stress me out. I will tackle a few blogs, poetry, and short stories. Write some non-fiction along the way as well. My only rule, it’s not for my day job it’s got to be outside of it (i.e., non-fiction catergory).

What will I get out of it? Besides pure joy that I did it. The plan is a compilation of short stories to either further develop or tune up for ePublication. I have this idea a few shorts on a particular topic would be fun since I’ve been reading those lately. Also, I’m getting in the habit of more writing versus weekend flights of fancy. The day job has been a killer on my time lately along with other priorities of life.

So are you crazy enough to join me? What would you want to accomplish a page a day?

CONTEST You say… Calling All Writers!

Have you heard about this fantastic Short Story contest at eBook Me Up yet? I feel like I’ve been overwhelming social media as I can about it. It’s an event I’m hosting, and I’m very excited my idea is coming to fruition.  To learn more about the eBook Me Up Contest Logosubmission details click HERE, we are looking for more submissions before the deadline May 31, 2015.

I had this idea well over a year ago, as I started participating in various blog prompts and became more active in my writing and the blogging community of talented writers. From years of writing, the short story is a love of mine. I had a writing coach that told me once if I could master the short story I could master the novel. At the time, I had blinders on for the novel, so I ate up opportunities to better myself with short stories. Then I was hooked; I love the immediate satisfaction of a good solid short story. The orchestrated sentences and words that move it forward in a flash without the preverbal fat of unnecessary scenes. Short stories are great for building up your writing skill sets. This is why I choose it as my first hosted  contest.

My goal is to host a contest for writers that would showcase talents and enable the further publication to those writers. It could be a forum for a writer to write a short story that could link back to a novel or other work in a similar genre. It gives a writer experience and practice. It’s in a forum for beginners and advanced writers, and the genre is open (excluding Erotica). This is where the original contest prizes were born from, helping writers be seen and published. The top 10 entries will be published in the short story contest anthology. The first 3 winners will have further showcases in the anthology along with Cash Prizes! Also there are no losers, all those who submit will get an e-copy of the anthology.  To find out more about the contest or submit click HERE.

I realized pretty quickly there would be more details I needed to sort out along the way. The first is I wanted a legitimate contest, not my own personal bubble, so I secured some GREAT judges. In fact, I won’t be a judge in this contest unless there is a tie, and I’m needed, otherwise I’m a host, facilitator, e-publisher and proud owner only.

Have you met the Judges?

Below is a brief on the judges, more on the Judges you can find their full biographies and social media contacts HERE.

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Diane Lee is the published author of the Love & Other Stuff series and Queen Bee at Delicious Publishing. A former English teacher, she now works part-time in corporate learning and development.

 

 

 

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Laura Roberts writes about sex, travel, writing, and ninjas – though not necessarily in that order. Laura is also the founding editor of the literary magazine Black Heart.

 

 

 

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Melissa Barker-Simpson has published six books, each of which form part of a series. She is also an active collaborator to the blogging community.

 

 

 

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Rene Averett is a writer, blogger, editor and creator of Pynhavyn Press, a small writers’ press for primarily digital publishing. Her well-known blog is full with recipes, healthy eating tips and a little bit about her weight loss success.

 

 


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Andrea Laurel is a certified combat active firefighter with the Plantation Fire Department and later became a certified Emergency Medical Technician-Basic. She loves to read and is looking forward to this new experience.

 

 

I’m beyond thrilled these lovely ladies are apart of the eBook Me Up Short Story contest.  They each bring a diverse background that is sure to add to the contest flavor.

If you’ve once thought you might enter a contest but haven’t, this is the one! If you’re a seasoned professional and looking for fun with great return, enter this contest.  Lastly, if you have writer friends that would have interest, point them here and share this blog with them.  Help us out in making this a well robust contest!

I’m thrilled with the entries so far, and I’m looking forward to more entries.

 

To Submit or Not to Submit: 5 Arguments for Entering Writing Contests

Great points by Shayna Krishnasamy on why you should enter writing contests!! This is part of the reason I decided to hold a writing contest in order to pay it forward for all those great writers out there. If you haven’t checked out my eBook Me Up (eBMU) Contest here’s the link: http://bit.ly/eBMUShort
Deadline for entries is 31May2015, we have fabulous judges & GREAT prizes too!

Kobo Writing Life

By Shayna Krishnasamy

When I was a young creative writing student I used to keep track of all the writing contests. I’d bookmark the contest pages on the websites of all the literary magazines. I’d make lists of due dates, word count limitations, themes, restrictions. Sometimes I’d even print out the submission forms. But did I ever actually send in a submission? Well…

If you’re a new writer, a writing student, or just nervous about sharing your work for the first time, submitting your story or novel to a writing contest can be incredibly daunting. You might find yourself coming up with any excuse to avoid actually submitting your work. You’ll convince yourself that your story isn’t polished enough, your first chapter doesn’t have enough of a hook, you don’t know how to write a synopsis, your plot is too racy, too boring, too cliched, too embarrassing. If you work…

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