Another Flash Fiction Contest

Yet another Flash Fiction contest, yikes.

In July, our local Sleuths’ Ink group is holding its “Poisoned Tea Celebration.”  I’ve only been a member for a couple of weeks, so needless to say, it will be my first.  I believe, though no one has actually told me, that the poisoned tea reference is a nod to the mystery writer Agatha Christie.

A quick side bar, if you don’t mind.  The Guinness Book of World Records lists Christie as the “bestselling novelist of all time with over 2 billion copies of her books in print.  Yeah, I didn’t misspell that word it is 2 billion copies.

She gave us characters like Hercule Poirot, Jane Marple, Parker Pyne, as well as Tommy and Tuppence Beresford and her stories have been translated into more than 100 languages.

During World War II, she volunteered as a pharmacy assistant and learned the proper and improper use of various drugs.  Many of her fictional murders were committed by poisoning the victim.  For her accomplishments in the literary field, she was awarded “The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire,” which is a knighthood.  For evermore, she will be known as Dame Agatha.

Anyway, for our July tea party, we have been challenged with writing a story using no more than 25 words and it must include poisoning.  Below is mine:


jar-158897_1280“The pedestrian died?”

“But, I walked.”

“Innocent?”

“Good lawyer.”

“Celebration drink?”

“Thank you.”

I gulped.  Chest seized.

I gasped, “Why?”

“The pedestrian called me mom.”


Twenty-five words exactly, let me know what you think of it.

BTW, I’ve received a few six-word stories and they are fantastic.  Come on, send in a story.  Remember you can only use six words.

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