December 13 – Uh… whoops?

Author’s note: I had a couple of days where no matter what prompt I gave myself, no ideas were forthcoming. Which I think is at least partially due to an unfortunate habit I have of over-thinking and not just rolling with the prompt. Tonight was shaping up to be another, but I told myself I really ought to be not be lazy, and so I got on with it. Also, I don’t know where all these dark stories are coming from, I’m not that sort of person, really! This is another one where the opening line was the prompt.


Ricky hadn’t meant to scare him. Well, he sort of had, but how was he to know that Tom was holding a gun at the time? It was just a “Boo” over the shoulder. Now he was vaguely aware of Tom freaking out and trying to explain what had happened to the person on the other end of the emergency services line. Other people had run into the room to see what the noise was, and he could hear their voices as well, but his vision was dimming and their words were muffled. He wasn’t scared, though; somehow he’d detached himself from the whole situation and was wondering what the hell had made Tom so jittery. He supposed it would probably come to light eventually, but the last thing to go through his head was that he wasn’t likely to be the one to find out…



4 thoughts on “December 13 – Uh… whoops?

  1. Lara McGill says:

    Emily, I don’t know what’s wrong with me, because your offering made me smile. I thought it was kinda humorous. I could see the shooter freaking out, and the victim feeling it was really rather no big deal, but there was just that one nagging question in his mind…

    Loved it!


    • Emily Witt says:

      Haha, thanks, Lara! I actually felt the same way about it, so I’m glad that came through to others.

      Also – I hadn’t got to answering your previous couple of comments yet, but wanted to say thanks for letting me know about the Writer’s Digest competitions. I did some googling and found the info. Entries for the current iteration of the short short story competition close tomorrow (Monday)and I don’t know that I could have anything ready, but they have a general short story competition that is open until May that I’m going to try to have the longer version of that Christmas story ready for.


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