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..
Two For The Road
“I didn’t think I’d be here telling someone about it,” Samantha says as she clutches her arm and squeezes it tightly.
“I won’t trouble you for too long,” The Detective says as he adjusts his tie, and smiles warmly. “Do you remember anything at all that will help us find the scum bags who tried to rob you tonight?”
She stares past the detective and out into the street. “The one who open the cash register is missing two fingers,” she says.
“Off which hand?”
“I’m sorry, but I’m not sure. If it helps, they’re still in the cash register.”