They Had The BOMB? – Mondays Finish the Story – February 23rd, 2015

Finish the story is another branch of the flash fiction genre ala Sunday Photo Fiction and Friday Fictioneers. A photo is a key piece in the other two, but Barbara Beacham chooses one more spice by supplying the opening line. !00-150 words after that is all you have at your disposal to spin your tale.

Copyright – Barbara Beacham


First Line: “The typewriter had a mind of its own.”


My attempt. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The typewriter had a mind of its own. Louis pressed the p key and f tapped the page. For  dump truck that resembled a rolling piece of N he saw the number 1 move. W brought the letter T to life. The piece of junk obviously needed to join the rest of the detritus collecting in the old rusty dump truck that resembled a rolling piece of scrap metal. He hefted the overgrown paperweight off the desk and made a visual check for a potential path to the door. 

“What are you doing?” Jenny asked. She was carrying stuff into the room from the storage locker to the right side of the door in his sights.

“Taking the scrap to the truck.”

“Stop! We have no idea what we have here!”

“I know,” Jeremy nodded, looking at the variety of seemingly unrelated peices. “We have the unenviable task of getting rid of the crap someone else would not.”

“Do you know anything about this area?” Jenny asked.

“What’s to know, there is some warehouses and a few bars.”

“Sure, now. But seventy years ago it was very different. The war meant a lot of things happened under the radar, so to speak.”

“Funny,” Jeremy said. 

“Okay, bad choice of words. But there was a group that did some pretty important things from somewhere in this cluster of buildings.”

“Like what?”

Jenny did not answer, a trait of hers that always served to ruffle Jeremy’s tail feathers. Instead she began typing on the old machine while referring to a crumbled collection of papers.

“Like this,” she said pulling the paper from the machine with random letters, numbers and symbols on it.

“Gibberish!” Jeremy said shaking his head.

“Type it, just like you see it on there,” Jenny said.

Jeremy began to type, keeping his focus on the page Jenny supplied until he finished. When he rolled the paper out and held it to read his mounth simply fell open. Finally the words mad it our of his throat.

“Germany will launch their planes with atom bombs on June 18, 1945.”




12 thoughts on “They Had The BOMB? – Mondays Finish the Story – February 23rd, 2015

  1. Love it! Love it! Love it! What a wonderful tale you have woven here just off those nine little words! Thank you so much for participating in the MFtS challenge! I do hope that you come back next week! This was an excellent story! Be well… ^..^


    1. Well it took quite a bit of editing. The long from story was 349 words and I cut it back down to 200. I suppose that shows we can all do that and I may just purposely write like that for a few times to see how it works.

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      1. Well to tell the complete story you feel like you need to set a really good scene which requires a lot of words. But then you see the limit way behind and know you have to get back to it.

        I think flash fiction is good for my writing process.

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