Hotel: 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!

I am now – when I remember to do so – updating these in a podcast feed (dubbed "Radio Free Steven the Nuclear Man" by Laurence). You can subscribe with this link ( in your podcatcher or phone, or swing by

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Roach Motel´╗┐The school’s playground equipment squeaks behind Gretchen and Harvey as they crawl under the brambly bushes. Gretchen stands on the far side, a smirk flitting between her pigtails as Harvey wheezes, out of breath.

Harvey looks up, past his classmate, and sees it first. "Candy!" The children run for the strange building, entranced by the candycane pillars, the gingerbread walls, the icing trim.

Their teacher’s voice carries across the bushes. "Harvey! Gretchen! Recess is over!" Reluctantly, the children leave.

Inside, two witches glare furiously after the children.

The older witch snaps off a bit of peppermint. "Don’t check out, huh?"