Flash Friday: Famous Battles That Never Were

The planks creaked and swayed gently. Upside-down, he analyzed the situation. Inside, his target pored over a map while she ate an apple with the manners of a young sow. His plan materialized.

With a backward flip and corkscrew twist he landed on the balcony, almost silently. Almost. It was like slow motion. Grabbing the platter of apples, she turned. Shielding herself, apples went flying through the air. His shuriken sliced through two of them, ricocheted off the platter, and sent her hat careening crossways. Instantly, she drew her pistol and fired.

“Missed again!” she growled, looking over the ship’s balcony. The ninja was gone. He would be back.


FLASH! It’s Flash Friday, the day when Seeking New Earth authors write short stories up to 1000 words (“flash fiction”) or 110 words (“microfiction”). Both are sure to instigate the imagination and stimulate the synapses. Did you like what you read? Want to explore the story some more? Or maybe you want to try your own hand at some flash fiction? Leave us a comment below!

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6 thoughts on “Flash Friday: Famous Battles That Never Were

  1. Kenichi, this seems more like an intro to a much bigger story. Is there more? (If not, don’t be mad at me please.)

    1. Haha! Why would I be mad? In fact, judging from your and pianomikey’s reactions, the story piqued the precise nerve of curiosity I had hoped it would.

      Will there be more? Well, I won’t make any promises, but… ;^)

      1. I too feel there is more to come. It has such a great opening for a very good story. Even if it’s alone though, it makes a pretty good one, suggesting that these ninja attacks have happened before. Love it.

  2. “Famous Battles that Never Were” indeed! The build-up indicated a great battle, and then… run away! Run away!

    The clues given in the story are well-weighted. We get the idea that this is a long-standing feud of some sort, though you express that through showing and not telling. I like it!

    I do agree with some of the others; this doesn’t feel like a complete story but more of an intro. Or, rather, it feels like an episode within something longer.

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