Johnny Appleseed

A short story in ten sentences:

The body was frozen solid, making it nearly impossible to move. Why the old man had decided to off himself with all the windows open in the middle of January was a mystery to me. My partner and I looked for clues while the team from the coroner’s office struggled to lift the corpse into the body bag.

“Sir?” one of them called out to me, waving a sheet of paper with his gloved hand.

I took it from him and quickly scanned the neatly handwritten page. My jaw dropped as I read the words, ‘the rest of the bodies are buried in the orchard at Aurora Farms.’ We had just found the murderer we’d been searching for all these years. The man, who for the last decade had been known as ‘Johnny Appleseed’ had been hiding right under our noses all this time.

I cursed under my breath as I showed the confession to my partner.

“Son of a bitch!” he exclaimed, as the coroner’s men finally managed to zip closed the body bag on the remains of the chief of police.


I wrote this for a ten sentence writing challenge last July, right around the time I started taking the blog seriously.  I imagine few of you have read it.   It was my first time trying to write flash fiction.  Writing short stories, flash fiction and micro fiction teaches novel writers to be concise, to choose our words carefully.  Yes, we all love beautiful language but sometimes you just have to clean up the narrative so the story doesn’t get lost in the words!

41 thoughts on “Johnny Appleseed

    1. Part of the reason I dusted it off was that I’ve been thinking about adding some flesh to this skeleton. I think I’ve lost my way romantically and I need to try something else to keep writing. I’m glad you liked it!

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  1. Protection from evil emerging from within is not issued with the badge and ID card upon graduation from the police academy. Policing the police has made headlines recently but has always been a concern for those of us who strove to do our jobs with dignity and honor. Corny? A bit, but serious too. The few blue on blue cases I had were some of the most difficult with outcomes that went both ways. A great subject for fiction and this is a fine example. Well done.

    Oh, and don’t forget to get gas for the snowblower. It’s gonna be 75 here tomorrow.

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  2. I remember reading this, I guess you posted this around the time I had just started following you. And my reaction to this story then and now – WOW…just WOW! This could be developed into a whole novel. I am waiting for your next book. Meg, are you listening? 😀

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    1. Ooh! Plot twist! I have to figure out a way to start over from the beginning. However, it feels like the last 3-4 books I’ve read are doing the flashback/timeline switch and it’s getting on my nerves! If I write this I have to find another way.

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  3. That’s really good. I’d like to see a whole novel built around that. I haven’t done any flash fiction challenges but I consider blogging similar in how it forces me to convey an idea in a relatively brief amount of words.

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