As some of you may know, a couple of weeks ago I reviewed a short story collection by David McAfee. The bulk of this anthology was made up of hyper-short stories--exactly 100 words--known as microfiction. It was a bit of a revelation to me that so much could be conveyed in such a short space. It is also a very strong disciplinary tool for fiction writers. With only 100 words to tell the story, every damn one of them better mean something.
I thought I'd try it. I'm starting out by writing them as often as I can (and it's pretty easy to bang out a rough draft in a few minutes), and posting one here every Monday. Ultimately I think they'd be very useful as story seeds for longer stories or even the novel I keep telling myself I'll write someday. I'd like feedback from my readers, if possible. It's easy to leave a comment now that I think I've disabled that annoying secret word crap, so please do. And also, if you want to post your own 100-word microfiction story, no place like a comment!
So without further blathering (I've already chewed up more words in the feature intro than the story contains), my first Monday Microfiction entry...
Awake (by Jon King)
“God, Zeke! I thought he’d never quit!”
“An axe to the head will make ‘bout anyone quit. How’s your arm?"
“Hurts like hell. What do we do with him? We can’t just leave ‘im here.”
“Why not? Just another damn Indian. Probably doin’ the town a favor.” He turned to leave.
“I meant to say something earlier, but he don’t really look like no Injun I ever seen. What’s his shirt made from? Kinda…shiny…”
“Who cares? Maybe from another tribe...”
“Zeke! He’s awake! I—”
Zeke turned at the gurgling sound, “Bullshit! I put that axe right in his—“