This week, I wanted to give an example of the flash fiction that I used to write (and later judge). Specific keywords (decided upon by me or whatever kid might be within shouting range) had to be used and the word count could not exceed one-hundred words. The author was tasked with doing their best in creating a beginning, moving the plot forward, and providing an adequate climax.
The five keywords (off the top of my head) that I will use are: envelope, basketball, horse, generous, and final.
Arthur wiped away a tear as he read the envelope’s contents. His beloved horse, Sprinkles, was to be put down in less than a week. Although the majestic beast had won many races, his final contest proved to be his downfall. As Sprinkles was coming down the back stretch, a stray basketball had bounced onto the track, causing him to crash. The horse’s leg shattered.
Arthur offered a generous sum to whomever would identify the perpetrator of the crime. Within a week, the accused was found; Arthur’s son. Punishment was unnecessary; the loss was sentence enough.