Power – 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 (http://bit.ly/stevereads) in your podcatcher or phone, or swing by http://bit.ly/stevesdrabbles.

CloudsThe clouds billowed around Josh’s father as he entered. “I’ve tried everything with them, and still nothing.”

Josh raised an eyebrow. “Everything?”

His father sat down heavily. “Yes. Set boundaries. Punishments when they broke the rules. Intervened when bullies were pushing them around. Even let them deal with the consequences of their own actions when they disobeyed.”

Josh smirked. “Perfect.”

His father’s brow and the clouds behind him darkened. “Perfect?”

“Yes, Father. Perfect.” Josh grasped his father’s shoulder. “And now I’ll just show them kindness and love.” Josh’s smile made cherubim shiver.

“And then they’ll be devoted to us forever.”

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