For this week’s flash fiction challenge, we were asked to write a piece of 150 words, to be inspired by the following newspaper headline:
“By-Election Could Herald New Chapter in Politics.”
We had some really diverse and interesting pieces. Entitled, ‘The Big Cheese’, here’s what I came up with.
Once again Keith had been caught reading a human newspaper, and the other mice were furious. Standing before the three members of The Mouse Council, he now faced his own election battle to stay on the committee.
“Freak!” shouted council secretary, Brian.
“Well, I prefer to think of it as a special skill,” said Keith.
“What the secretary means,” began Deputy Leader Len “is we’re concerned about the negative influence of human media.”
“Yeah, but he is weird,” added Brian.
Len twitched his nose irritably. “So it just remains for Council Leader Pam to give the final vote, before we bid you farewell.”
“Fair enough – so you won’t be interested in the article I read about the local cheese festival, then?” asked Keith, nonchalantly flicking his tail.
“Well, let’s not be hasty,” said Pam, raising a paw.
Keith gave a winning smile, because politics is politics, whether man or mouse.
As ever, I would love to hear your feedback, as well as your own examples of flash fiction – or perhaps your own spin on the same writing prompt. Use the comments section and send me your links.