The second Crusade Challenge has now been announced by the fabulous Rachael Harrie over at Rach Writes. What she says is:
Write a flash fiction story (in any format) in 100 words or less, excluding the title. Begin the story with the words, “The goldfish bowl teetered” These four words will be included in the word count.
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional, and not part of the judging criteria), see if you can write the story in your own genre (eg if you’re a horror writer, write a horror story; a romance writer, a romance story, etc).
So, without further ado, here's my entry. I believe it counts in at 99 words:
The goldfish bowl teetered at the edge of the vortex. Five intense people watched.
“Let it go.” Said Jerry. “Who cares?”
Alice replied “No, Jerry! The water will collapse the vortex. It's our last chance to reach our friends.”
“Forget the vortex, what about the fish!” Hilary glared.
“If it goes in,” said Adam, “the glass will shatter and burst out on the other side. We may never get our friends back, but we don't want to kill them.”
Taylor interrupted them. “So, we're agreed. We have to stop it going in.”
Please do check out the other entries. There's a linky over at Rach Writes