One of the flash fictions that I posted below, not the one that took first place but the other, won second place! This surprised the hell out of me, if I’m going to be honest. All of the entries were so beautiful and poignant. They were about life, and birth, and lovely deaths.
And then there’s mine, about a world in which this little girl can kill a man and ask for a prize from her brother, ha. I looked through, and pretty much every single story had a comment on it about how powerful it was, except for mine.
A small part of me is glad I won, though I don’t think I deserved it. In this little 110 word story, I fell in love with this strange world, and with little Avi with the disfigured face and innocent smile.
So let that be a lesson to you guys; sometimes it’s better to take what’s familiar and expected and just flip it over and give it a few shakes. Usually something pretty cool will fall out.
P.S. Does anyone else ever think they’ve misspelled a word, but the spell checker isn’t working so you write gibberish right beside it to make sure the red lines show up?
P.P.S. Today i’ve been using the word ‘write’ for ‘right’ an awful lot.