What is Furious Fiction?
Furious Fiction is a writing competition on the first Friday of the month, from the Australian Writers’ Centre.
55 hours. 500 words. 500 dollars.
On the first weekend of every month, you are invited to put your storytelling skills to the test in the ultimate writer-takes-all short story competition. Armed only with our simple brief, your job is to race the clock to come up with your best 500 words-or-fewer story and be in to win a tasty $500 – every single month.
It’s fast, it’s fun and it’s free… Welcome to Furious Fiction!
This is my first ever entry to Furious Fiction.
Furious Fiction November 2020
- 500 words (or less)
- Location: Hotel
- Object/prop: Photograph
- Words to include: collar, gloomy, police, rhythm, sapphire
Craig, known as Gloomy to his mates, was feeling a bit hot under the collar. It was muggy and rivers of sweat ran down his well-muscled back. His shaved head glistened in the hot afternoon sunshine.
As he stepped through the foyer of the hotel, the coolness of the air-conditioning gently caressed him. His sapphire blue eyes raked over the crowd inside.
He’d had a text message giving him the details of the meeting place and had arrived a bit earlier to get the lay of the land and to suss out any potential problems. The last thing he needed was an undercover police operation!
The singer in the corner was pumping out some tunes, but without any real rhythm or enthusiasm in his honest opinion. He stood for a few minutes and watched the crowd, which was a mixture of youngsters and tradie types, enjoying an early start to the weekend.
The photograph he’d carried around for years was now burning a hole in his wallet. Would he get some answers soon?
He made himself comfortable with a cold beer and waited.
Life hadn’t been all that kind to him so far, but he felt that his luck was due to change. His contact was due any minute now and he silently prepared himself for the meeting. He took a few deep breaths, in out, in out.
With a shock he looked at the man who had just walked through the door, he was older than he’d imagined but looked good for his age. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise but for some reason it did.
Their eyes met across the room and they both smiled. Similar smiles, familiar smiles. The sapphire blue eyes another sign they were related.
Gloomy was surprised at his reaction, he’d always known this moment would come one day. But he felt something akin to joy, which given his nickname, was an unusual emotion for him!
He held out his hand and they shook their greeting, taking in as much of each other as they could in those first few minutes. They didn’t have much time, and both knew the risks they were taking.
Time travel was still illegal, and they were risking a lot by meeting up. He felt it was worth it.
He was meeting his future self when all was said and done, and funnily enough, the photograph hadn’t lied.
While I didn’t get shortlisted (or win) I was very pleased with my little story. You can read the winning story and see the shortlisted entries here. There were over 1100 entries from all over the world! Congratulations to everyone who submitted a story!
The next Furious Fiction starts on Friday 4 December at 5pm – I’d encourage you to join in! This is the link https://www.writerscentre.com.au/furious-fiction/
I usually do a ‘Wordless Wednesday’ post but I’m mixing it up by adding a ‘Wordy Wednesday’ post every now and again. It doesn’t hurt to change things up a bit does it?
I can’t go without sharing a photo that made me smile – just for the sheer joy of the pop of colour, on a somewhat less than joyful day. Hope you smile too.
Let me know your thoughts on my short story, I appreciate hearing from you.
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