Writers, have you ever tried writing a 100-word story? A member of my writers group recently challenged us to write a 100-word story, so I gave it a try. It’s hard! Every word is so precious, I regretted the loss of each one I lopped off.
I was inspired to write this story recently when I was feeling upset about the direction our country has been taking. Here is my story, exactly 100 words. I welcome your thoughts and stories.
The Good Guy
When Don’s breathing returned to normal, he was still gripping the poised bat. He looked down at the enemy sprawled in the dirt, one shoeless foot tangled in a mesquite bush. Blood matted black hair, obliterated brown skin.
“MS-13 member or a rapist,” Don said to himself. “Probably both.”
Skidding tires spit gravel behind him, the glare of floodlights transforming the dusk to a bright stage. Don turned to face a police car in a swirling haze of dust, a gun pointed at his chest.
“Freeze!” yelled the cop.
“It’s okay,” Don said. “I’m the good guy.”