#fridayfictioneers 7/13 via Madison Woods

Every Wednesday Madison Woods posts a picture prompt to challenge writers to create a 100-word story or poem or anything that works for you.  then post your work on your blog.  additionally, on friday, you go back to her site and post a link to your blog entry in the comments on her Friday Fictioneers post.

I’m going to try to keep up with this, as should you.  give it a shot.  i prefer to stick to 100 words, but she doesn’t mind either way.  not everyone has the time to sit and write, revise, edit, revise, edit, etc. until getting it down to 100 and telling everything you want to tell.

Although this week’s picture is called “Buzzard,” I’m choosing to think of it as just a bird.  I expect many submissions will be similar, but here’s this week’s picture and my 100 words –

The Bird

“Wait!” Jimmy whispered, ducking behind shrubs.  “There it is!”

“The bird?” said David.

“Shhh!  I’m serious,” Jimmy warned.

“Are you nuts?”

“That bird killed three people.”

“Says who?”

“Kids at school,” Jimmy said.  “Cops only found blood and chewed bones.”

“You’re an idiot for believing it.”

“They saw it pecking the bodies.”

“I’ll show you pecking.”  David found a rock, then pushed through shrubs.  “Hey!  Stupid bird!  Present for you!”  A rock sailed by.  The bird merely cocked an eye.

Behind Jimmy, leaves crunched.  A pungent exhale blew the hat off his head.

The bird squawked, merely cocked an eye.


100 words

68 thoughts on “#fridayfictioneers 7/13 via Madison Woods

  1. Hi Rich,
    I like birds, but intelligent they’re not, like the one in your story who kills the wrong kid. Hoping the bird got the smartass kid for dessert. This has a dark shadow that made me think of Lord of the Flies and also River’s Edge. The teen POV is right on and this is authentic sounding dialog.

  2. Stopped reading when I saw the picture and went off to write something first, so thanks for the inspiration. Was amazed how quickly it came once I started to write.

    Now I’m back to read yours, definitely a bird not to mess with, reminds me of Stephen King or Hitchcock even. Great, thanks!

  3. I like. The strength for me is in what’s not there. The bird just gives him a stink eye. Way to tell a story without being obvious. The knee-jerk reaction would be to finish with, “Get it?” Thanks for not.

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  6. I’ve got this entire weird partnership cooking in my head now, between whatever’s breath could knock someone’s hat off and the bird. I’m seeing some big teeth in the silent partner.

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