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..
In The End We Are Not Forgiven
He looks down upon the woman’s motionless, pale face and smiles softly. “She died happy. Content even.”
“Seriously?” Detective Kayman asks.
“No, not seriously,” he says as he looks up at the Detective. “She died violently, and in great pain. The attacker came from the bathroom stalls, where he was hiding. She had just emptied the register and was on her way to the safe when he surprised her. She prayed, called for her god,” he says pointing towards the inverted Jesus on the wall. “Our friend didn’t appreciate that one little bit, so he made an example of her.”