I entered a short story competition that required me to write a 1000 word short story in 48 hours. The story needed to meet three things, a genre (Crime Caper), a location (A shrine) and an object (A cash register). It took me a while to find the right idea and to get it to work in a way I was happy with. But like the last time I entered something similar, I enjoyed the desire to find the story that sparked the right way for me. So, for the sake of creativity, here is 1 of the 24 rejected stories in a 100 word format..
Rewind Rewind Rewind
A step being the last, as each foot falls behind as the seconds tick backwards. Glenn harnesses the breath that could’ve been his last.
The window opens, then shuts, and opens once more. A repetitive moment repeating.
The bullet pulls itself from his chest, then tears into it once more.
The cash registers till announces itself with a ringing, then slides open, only to find itself caught in the eternal loop also, as it shuts quickly once more.
Glenn stretches, and then pulls away. His face shows the desperation, and then the horror as he realises his is not alone.