This post is in response to a weekly flash fiction prompt challenge at the Carrot Ranch for August 8-13.
It requires writing with a specific kind of apple in mind.
The victim lay on the ground, sprawled, while clutching his throat.
“Choked on an apple? Classic.” Detective Monroe commented as he surveyed the scene, a half-eaten apple by his feet.
The victim, a young man in his twenties, had a twisted, horrified look on his face. His eyes bulged, and his mouth open and moist with bubbling saliva.
“Was it an accident, inspector?” A rookie cop asked.
“It could be. You never know.” The detective took slow, calculated steps all over the room. His eyes fell back on the apple.
“Take this to forensics… it might tell us more.”
The prompt required writing a story using a poisoned apple. With that in mind, the mystery is more or less wrapped up for the reader, so I opted to place it here in the comments section.
This is my second run with writing flash fiction in exactly 99 words. It’s an interesting challenge. You have to complete a story in 99 words only. However, I seem to observe that my stories are more of a cliffhanger or preview rather than a complete story…
A story has to have at least five elements:
I feel that I am lacking in the resolution aspect. Did the above story feel resolved to you? I described what may probably be a crime scene. Do we know who done it? Do we know how it was done? Nope, and nope.
I seem to have hit 1-4 alright. There are characters – the victim, the detective, even the rookie cop. The setting is hinted, and the plot, well, it might be a murder case. The conflict is in solving what happened, right?
Anyway, what do you think? Is 99 words too little for me to tell a story on?
In any case, it is making me think creatively, which is fine.
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