100-Word Story for the Jeffrey Archer Short Story Challenge

Freecycle.

She found the old armchair on the pavement, a beat-up dark leather job. A classic freecycle.

From her student days into womanhood, it accumulated stories: her one-time bisexual romp, her mother’s last meal, her son’s playchair, her husband’s evening cigar: practising smoke-rings when he thought no one was watching.

The impression of derrières became ever deepened. The horse hair falling out of the caved seat was not a surprise, but the miniature femur which followed was. Later, she was shown five tiny skeletons, some wisps of human hair and the tapestry of slaughter soaked into the underside of the leather.

(100 words)

Above is the 100-word story “Freecycle” that I’ve just submitted for the Jeffrey Archer Short Story Challenge (NB I’ve checked the rules, and it’s fine for me to publish it here). Many thanks to the guys at WLWG for their feedback yestereve. As always, their input was invaluable. Fingers crossed. I will only hear if I’m one of the 20 shortlisted. But in any case, shortlisted or not, it was a good exercise to do it and I thoroughly enjoyed writing this piece.

Read more from Sophus about the Jeffrey Archer Short Story Challenge:

2 responses to “100-Word Story for the Jeffrey Archer Short Story Challenge

  1. Had to read the end several times – it amazes me how much we can build in just 100 words – this is a competition I found out about a few days ago and entered. I’m sure they will get lots of entries, as you said it was a good exercise to do, come what may.

    • Yeah, the twist at the end was something I worried about, as it’s a complete u-turn. I’m pretty sure that they’ll be getting thousands of entries. I loved writing it, and it was really good to prove to myself that I could.

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