Flash Friday: Famous Battles That Never Were II

The treetop hut creaked and swayed gently. The captain and half her crew waited in ambush. There was a whirring of air. Down through the open sunroof he landed, crouched, poised for action.

The captain and her men erupted in laughter. A dozen swords and pistols pointed at the ninja. “Looks like ye be surrounded this time!” she gloated.

He placed three rhythmic knocks on a nearby floorboard. The outer edges of the hut gave out. With horrified screams, the pirate crew plummeted.

As he watched the captain grasped a vine mid-fall and swung off into the jungle thicket. “Nevertheless,” he thought, “the relic is safe. For now.”


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!

This is a story connected to the previous Famous Battles That Never Were. Given the limitations of our microfiction (110 words) these will probably never become much more than simple vignettes, but I do like to weave a thread through them. At some point, there will be more.

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4 responses to “Flash Friday: Famous Battles That Never Were II

  1. Ah! I like this one much more than the previous one. (Can we get a link, since this is obviously a follow-up, as per the title?) To me, personalities ring much louder, with the pirates’ reaction and the clever trap the ninja laid for them.

    Also: an artifact? The plot thickens!

    • Link supplied! When writing this I realized a needed a reason to keep it going. The relic introduces that. Even I don’t know where I’m going to take it yet!

  2. Serial flash fiction? Interesting concept. I’m interested to see how this plays out as well. Makes me think of “Spoon River Anthology” if you’re familiar with that one. Though not precisely the same there…

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