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Horse racing event, Tokyo. CC2.0 photo by Tsutomu Takasu.

Horse racing event, Tokyo. CC2.0 photo by Tsutomu Takasu

Welcome to our final Flash Dash contest! The parameters are short and easy:

* One prompt [[SEE BELOW FOR PROMPT]]
* Word count: anything up to 500 words
* Time limit: 30 minutes (starting when this posts at 11:30 am Washington, DC time). At 12:00pm (noon) THE DOOR SLAMS SHUT!
* Where/how: add your story as a comment to this post
* Judge: Moi, Rebekah Postupak
* Normal Flash! Friday guidelines regarding content apply

Today’s prizes:

* $20 cash/gift card (winner’s choice, via PayPal or Amazon) 

NOW HERE’S YOUR PROMPT.

Your protagonist must face a misbehaving pet. (NOTE: please think outside of the box! no boring old cats or dogs.)

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Flash Dash Winner!

Saturday marked our second super-fast “Flash Dash” contest, in which y’all were given a scant thirty minutes to craft an entire story. You all pulled it off in magnificent form, of course, as clearly you know no other way. It was such fun, too, watching the stories tumble in, bruised and breathless and laughing hysterically. Hats off to all those who dared give the insanity a go. So many wonderful, hilarious, tragic, creepy, original tales. Thank you!

THE WINNER of $25 and a Flash! Friday logo coffee mug is:

FOY S. IVER

for “Bang a Gong (Get It On)

Despite the (cruelly) abbreviated submission window, Foy pulled off a story with sophisticated structure and layering, character development, worldbuilding, and plot, to boot. Check out the (annoying!!!) refrain, Bonnnng, driving even readers to madness (cf today’s Google doodle!) and thereby connecting them even more deeply to the story. This piece is rich with life — you can almost feel the reverberations undulating through his body! — and creativity as it follows the rising determination of a “little snot” (as Amberlee Dawn so aptly described him) to march to the beat of his own drummer, as it were. So wonderfully done, from the bonnnnng opening to the bonnnnng finish, and a highly deserving winner

And here’s the winning tale:

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Bang a Gong (Get It On)

He shouldn’t have sounded the gong.
Bonnnnng
Which is why he did it. He liked the way it reverberated up his arms…
Bonnnnng
Through his shoulder bones…
Bonnnnng
Out his ears…
Bonnnnng
But he loved the way it drove everyone twitching mad. And they couldn’t say a thing about it other than, “Would his majesty like a scone?”
Bonnnnng
“The weather is lovely, do you fancy a stroll?”
Bonnnnng
“I heard the southern kingdoms are revolting, shall we go investigate?”
Bonnnnng
“Does his majesty’s arm hurt? Maybe he’d like to rest it?”
Bonnnnng
His arm did hurt a great deal, he already knew the southern kingdoms were revolting (all the kingdoms disgusted him, in fact), he never fancied a stroll, and yes, of course he wanted a scone since they mentioned it.
Bonnnnng
He loved banging the gong best when it made the least sense. His mother would say, “Really, darling, do you have to at the dinner table?”
Bonnnnng
His father was even more direct, “If you sound it during the peace negotiations, the southern kingdoms will surely see it as a declaration of war.”
Bonnnnng
But he didn’t care a fig for all their complaints. They’d let the princess practice her violin uninhibited for years and all she ever did was marry the eastern kingdom’s prince and unite the four realms. He, on the other hand, had great aspirations. One day he’d be in a band. Thomas the Rex he’d call it (since by then his majesty majesty would be dead and Thomas would inherit the kingdoms). T. Rex for short. Just thinking about it made him want to get it on.
Bonnnnng

 

Flash Dash!

Horse racing event, Tokyo. CC2.0 photo by Tsutomu Takasu.

Horse racing event, Tokyo. CC2.0 photo by Tsutomu Takasu

Welcome to our second Flash Dash contest! The parameters are short and easy:

* One prompt [[SEE BELOW FOR PROMPT]]
* Word count: anything up to 500 words
* Time limit: 30 minutes (starting when this posts at 10 am Washington, DC time). At 10:30am THE DOOR SLAMS SHUT!
* Where/how: add your story as a comment to this post
* Judge: Moi, Rebekah Postupak
* Normal Flash! Friday guidelines regarding content apply

Today’s prizes:

* $25 cash/gift card (winner’s choice, via PayPal or Amazon) AND a brand new, color-changing Flash! Friday logo coffee mug

NOW HERE’S YOUR PROMPT.

BEGIN your story with the following sentence:

He shouldn’t have sounded the gong.