Unknown Reasons – A 100 Word Story

storytime.pngYup, it’s flash fiction time again!

As always, this is based around Laurence Simon’s weekly challenge for the 100 word-stories podcast. It’s a great exercise for writers – writing a good drabble is a lot harder than it appears, but is still a “small” task so you can get around that idea of it being too much work. And then you get a random (and often bizarre) writing prompt to shoehorn you out of writer’s block! Go read the rules for the Weekly Challenge and participate! Heck, Chris the Nuclear Kid does when he remembers to (and I can drag him away from video games)!

The player below should have the audio for this week; if it doesn’t, you can find the audio here to download. You can also read and hear the rest of the entries at the 100 Word Stories podcast site!

CubiclesHe struggled. Twisted layers of twine cut into soft wrist-skin. He did not squeal when I drew a finger across his cheek.

“They’re upstairs,” I whispered. “The work day just began, and they’re wondering about you.”

Then he whimpered. The piss smell of fear filled the room.

“Nobody will come down here for at least a week. Even with the smell.”

“Why-” his words forced through the gag – “why do this? What did I do?”

The knife sliced clean through his throat; he choked on croaked “whys”.

Then I told him, but he never heard.

And neither will you.

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