Flash fiction (also known as short, short stories, micro-fiction, or postcard fiction) are stories that take pride in their extreme brevity: some works of flash fiction have only 53 words, while others have 1,000. These works used to be referred to as “short short stories” until around the turn of the century (the year 2000) when the term “flash fiction” became the norm.
The story below is my piece of flash fiction for Friday Fictioneers, a 100-word challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. My story is exactly 100 words.
This is also my post for Nanopoblano or, National Blog Posting Month, Day 23. The prompt for the Somethingist Challenge is “something suspicious.” I decided to write a mystery of the western genre. What do you think?
Hours after he had been shot from his horse, Tom regained consciousness. It was quiet except for the stream. He didn’t bother to call out. Had someone been about, they would have come for him.
When Tom felt strong enough, he walked to the large dark lumps laying next to the trail. The other five men had also been shot, but it had killed them.
As he examined Harry’s body he saw a rope. Tom pulled it from his hand as he spoke, “I’m sorry to leave you laying like this, but I promise, I’ll hang them with this rope.”