Short Stories & Flash Fiction
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The Boy By The Stairs

‘You, boy!’

It was a gunshot, sending feet scattering in all directions, over walls, down drains, through windows.

Ed’s feet stayed where they were. Soles glued to the wooden floor.

‘You, you sodding effing little-‘

Face red, eyes bloodshot, cheeks jowly, ruptured blood vessels, missing front tooth, three molars and a scar bisecting left eyebrow three centimetres in.  Ed counted them all. Counted them, memorised them, put the memory away somewhere for later.

‘Whatcha doin’ outta bed?’

Three steps to the stairs, three steps to the edge of the landing, three steps to-

Thwap, thud, thwap.

‘You have our condolences.’


I’ve managed to find yet another creative writing prompt to throw myself into. Once a month Literary Lion provides a prompt with a 100 word limit. Similar to Friday Fictioneers and 100 word challenge, the idea is to craft your story in as few words as possible.

This month’s prompt is boys.

Thinks you could write a story in a 100 words? Why not give it a go!

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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.

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