It’s Friday Fiction time again, but before we get to the real reason you’re here, I’d like to share some good news with you.
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For those of you who are still here, a quick question for you: Do you have a favourite story? One you’ve written yourself that you really love?
I know we Brits are supposed to be self-deprecating, but bollocks to that. I do have a favourite story. It’s called Crik Crak, I wrote it a couple of years ago, and I love it. It’s dark humour, not quite KZ dark, more twisted-fairytale dark. It was Highly Commended in the Bristol Short Story Prize and now it’s going to be published in a brand new, ingenious, quarterly arty-literary publication called Firewords Quarterly.
I’ll post more nearer the time, including how you can get your hands on a copy of Firewords Quarterly. If you can’t wait, check out the link and maybe even sign up for their email to be notified of when submissions open again for the next edition. The Firewords concept is unlike anything that’s on the market at the moment. I think it’s going to be big and I’m thrilled they’re including Crik Crak in their first edition.
Thanks for sticking with me and my shameless self-publicity Here’s this week’s 100 word story.
The Little Black Dress
Matilda unwrapped the wax doll carefully. She was impressed, it looked just like her. She tested it with a pin, digging the spike into its side. The searing pain that pierced her kidneys was proof enough. It worked.
Matilda warmed the doll on the radiator then set to work. First she smoothed the stomach to washboard flat, then she cinched the waist. Finally, using the wax she’d taken from the waist, she added a little definition to the bust.
Then she slithered into the tiny black dress she’d chosen for the party. A perfect fit – thanks to the Voodoo Diet.
For those who don’t know, Friday Fictioneers is a challenge to write a 100 word story from a picture prompt. It’s hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, and anyone can play. Thanks for hosting, Rochelle! Check out the link below to see what other fictioneers did with this week’s prompt.
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