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 Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. 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’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.

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