Smoke – 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

The dark forestSullivan lights his and Murphy’s cigarettes, then shakes out the match. Night floods back as the flame dies.

Thompson’s eyebrows arch. “What about me?”

Murphy laughs as Sullivan strikes another match. “Thompson, you weren’t military?”

Thompson draws on the cigarette, lighting it from Sullivan’s match. Treetrunks loom until Sullivan shakes the flame out. “Nope.”

Murphy takes a drag. “You light two ’cause it’s too short for a sniper to aim.”

Thompson’s brow furrows. “We’re hunting demons, not snipers.”

Sullivan tosses his cigarette at the other men’s feet. “Demons that see heat,” he says as his horned master enters the clearing.

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