Cara Michaels, a friend of mine that I met on Twitter, hosts a weekly flash fiction challenge every Monday called #MenageMonday on her Defiantly Literate blog. On Monday, October 24, I had the pleasure of participating in this weekly event as a judge. It was the first time I participated in such a thing and I have to say it was very enjoyable. Choosing the winners was not easy; there are so many great writers out there and it was a heck of a lot of fun reading the stories as they were posted throughout the day. You can read those stories, the prompts, and see the winners here:
Sadly I missed out on the Halloween version of #MenageMonday last week, but I made a point not to miss out on this week’s fun. So, yesterday afternoon I decided to take a stab at this week’s challenge judged by the talented flash fictioneer (of course it’s a word!) Maureen Hovermale. Cara’s photo prompt was probably the most difficult part of coming up with a story, but here’s what I came up with:
David woke up with a throbbing headache. He lifted himself off the cold floor he was laying on, looked around, and realized he was in a holding cell at the Sheriff’s Department.
“You okay, bud?” A cellmate asked noticing the bruises, black eye and abrasions on David’s face.
“I’ve had better days.” David responded as he slowly sat next to his cellmate.
“So, whatcha’ in for?” The cellmate asked with a slight shove.
The last thing David remembered was the tattoo. What did it say? Vivre Libre? “To tell the truth, I don’t remember getting arrested.”
“Damn! You must have been wasted! Or judging by your face, you really got the shit kicked out of you.”
Now David remembered. The woman. The legs. The tattoo. The diamond necklace.
David explained, “I tried to mug a woman coming out of a club and…” Then he saw the woman walk by the cell. He saw the tattoo on her ankle… and the badge that she wore on a lanyard hanging from her neck. “Turns out she was a cop.”
David’s cellmate laughed at the risible turn of events, “Say what you want, dude. You got your ass kicked by a woman!”
This was the first time I had ever participating in a flash fiction challenge and it definitely will not be the last. It was a lot of fun being a part of #MenageMonday both as a judge and as a writer. So, be sure to keep an eye out for future 100-200 word flash fiction shorts written by yours truly in the coming weeks. Better yet, if you are a writer, be sure to take a stab at it yourself. It’s not only fun, but it also helps get those creative juices flowing in the old noggin.
Lastly, I’d like to congratulate this week’s #MenageMonday champ, Antonio Angelo, for wearing the crown for two consecutive weeks! Also, congratulations to this week’s Judge’s pet, Jen DeSantis, for having the best use of Judge’s prompt.
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