As part of the Crusader blogfest, our second challenge is to create a flash fiction piece in 100 words or less, beginning with the words: "The goldfish bowl teetered…." Since I love the genre of fantasy, I will make this a fantasy snippet.
The goldfish bowl teetered, suspended above the boy's head. The Headmage directed Kayra to begin.
The bowl tipped. Power swirled from Kayra's fingertips, but deflected only part of the water trickling upon the boy.
Curses. Not a good day to have sluggish control of her magick.
The water grew cloudy. The goldfish paled to gray, fangs erupting. Kayra's magick sputtered. What the--
The boy cried out as rotwater singed his scalp. Fleshfish snapped near the bowl's rim. Kayra's magick blazed forth, sending the bowl and its contents into crackling oblivion.
Smoke tendrils drifted. Kayra slumped.
"Pass," said the Headmage.
I don't think I've ever written anything this short! I initially wrote it at 150 words and had to pare it down by one-third. What a great challenge, to make something with a beginning, middle, and end in only 100 words! I'm a novelist at heart, and prefer to be more verbose. However, it's great to know how to economize your words no matter what you write.
Have you ever written any flash fiction?
Aside from 1-sentence or 1-paragraph pitches and the like, what is the shortest piece you've ever written?