Flash Fiction

And now, 600 Words (Only 400 more to go!)

Journal of Human Evolution
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It’s time for Part 3 of Chuck Wendig’s 200 Words Flash Fiction Challenge. The explanations are getting a bit unwieldy at this point, so I’m just going to jump right into my latest story:

First 200+ Words (from David Kearney)

The lecture theatre door slammed shut with a bang so loud half the room jumped in their seat. Alice descended the stairs, not oblivious to the 200 pairs of indignant eyes boring through her, and took the only available seat at the front of the class.

Professor Gordon Kane stood at the lectern and looked over the top his glasses at her. “Welcome Miss Turner, what a remarkable entrance. I was just about to introduce my colleague to your classmates, may I continue?”

Alice’s face burned so hard she thought her hair might catch fire.

Kane gestured toward a tall man wearing a green turtleneck and a tweed jacket with leather patches at the elbows. “I expect that many of you will recognize our guest,” he said.

She recognized him immediately; in fact, he was the very reason she was late for class.

“His book, Changing Minds, has spent the last six months perched at the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list, his television show of the same name has surprised and delighted audiences around the world, and we are very fortunate to have him here today. It is therefore, my very great privilege to introduce, Dr. Lucas Spencer.”

The room erupted into deafening applause. Dr. Spencer moved to the lectern and held up his right hand. “Thank you Gordon, thank you everyone,” he said. “I’d like to ask for five volunteers.”

***** Second 200 words from Rebecca B at Girl, Books, Blog *****

Hands of eager participants shot up all over the room. Dr. Spencer’s scrutinizing eyes grazed over them. He took his time carefully selecting those he brought up onto stage. When he reached time for the fifth volunteer, his eyes found Alice. She had slouched into a seat in the back row of the room. He stared at her despite her unraised hand.

“Ms. Parker?” His voice boomed.

“Shit,” Alice muttered under her breath. A girl in the row in front of her snorted and turned to eye her.

“Ms. Parker, join us on stage. I see your willingness to volunteer is a bit lacking.”

The room turned almost as one to stare at her. She couldn’t show weakness and try to leave. She knew everyone thought he was going to save the world. Refusal would net her pariah status on campus for the rest of her tenure. She hid her reluctance as she made the excruciatingly long walk to the stage. He greeted her at the stairs with a knowing look.

“Thought you could hide from me, did you lovely?” he whispered.

“I think you may regret toying with me Lucas,” she replied under her breath.

“We’ll see.” His eyes lit up, and he turned to face his audience. “Now, who wants to see the next level of human evolution?”

*****My 200-Word Addition*****

Human evolution? What the hell was he talking about? Alice glanced at Lucas. He pursed his lips and raised an eyebrow in that knowing smirk that never failed to leave her feeling as if she had missed something terribly important. She surveyed the room. Professor Kane’s assistant was collecting note cards from the audience. What had Alice missed?

Professor Kane motioned to his assistant, who approached the lectern and handed him the stack of note cards. He too smirked as he glanced through the cards. He handed them back to the assistant, who then shuffled them and distributed one to each of the volunteers.

Alice read her card. If you could be any animal, what would you choose? How mundane. What did this have to do with human evolution?

“Now,” Lucas said. “Would our volunteers please turn away and face the wall?”

Alice turned and stared at the blank white board at the front of the room. What was the point of all this? She had read Lucas’ book – several times, in fact – and could not find a way to connect what was happening to his theories.

A loud bang echoed through the hall. Someone screamed. Alice sank to her knees, frozen. What the hell was happening?

*****To be continued… by you?*****

Join the 200 Words Challenge. Write the next 200 words of this story and post it to your blog. Then share a link to your addition in the comments below. Just remember, the final flash fiction piece will not be more than 1000 words. So, Part 4 should begin to drive the story toward some sort of conclusion. How do you think this story will end?

~Amanda L. Webster

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