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!