“Damn!” Partridge shouted. “Who forgot to put fuel in the tank?”

“Obviously, we both did,” Silvie said. “You look for a spot to land. I’ll get the chutes ready.”

“Fuck that. No way are we going to find a level spot in all these hills.”

Silvie nodded. “One of us will have to hold onto the money bag on the way down.” 

Partridge won rock-paper-scissors and grabbed the bag as he jumped, Sylvie following close behind. Silvie lost him as she concentrated on landing in an open spot. Once free of her chute, she headed in the direction she had last seen Partridge. She spotted the money bag lying under a tree. Partridge dangled from branches overhead.

“C’mon, cut me down!”

Silvie walked to the tree and hefted the bag. She looked up once more before walking away, leaving Partridge in a pear tree.


Geez, 144 words is not a lot to work with! And yeah, it’s a groaner, but this is my story for Day 1 of BlogFestivus: 12 short stories, 12 days, 12 Days of Christmas. Check out the stories of the other participants:

Blogdramedy (writing challenge instigator)
Fix it or Deal
Shouts from the Abyss
All My Answers
Tori Nelson
A Few Clowns Short
Grouchy Mom
Rewind Revise
The Original Bean
My life: a constant work in progress
Becoming Bitter
Clan of the Cave Hair
Words That Rhyme with Purple
Mad Hatters
A Daft Scots Lass
Random Says
Susan Forte PR
Slightly Whimsical
Trail Blazer 1

BlogFestivus Day 1: Best laid plans
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15 thoughts on “BlogFestivus Day 1: Best laid plans

  • 12-01-2011 at 12:27 pm

    You’ll find most of them will be groaners or heavy on dark humor or just plain dark. Really short stories like this are partial to the dark side and do they force you to edit or what?!

    Great beginning to BlogFestivus!

    • 12-01-2011 at 1:34 pm

      Thanks! Yeah, I just have to accept that most of mine will be groaners. I like dark, so I’m happy to hear these shorts lend themselves to the dark side.

      And boy do they ever force me to edit!

    • 12-01-2011 at 1:43 pm

      What better season for expressing a little evil?

  • 12-01-2011 at 3:59 pm

    Good for her! Take the money and leave the dude hanging.
    Happy BlogFestivus!

    • 12-01-2011 at 4:27 pm

      Yes! I just hope the ending wasn’t too obvious.

  • 12-01-2011 at 8:00 pm

    That was funny Random. Leaving the partridge in a pear tree.

    • 12-01-2011 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks! I think he deserved to be left in the tree for not remembering to refuel the plane.

  • 12-02-2011 at 9:51 am

    Loved it! Aidan also.
    And though we hate to admit it, groaners can be a guilty pleasure.
    Wait…didn’t you do a whole riff on those?
    Looking forward to the next 11 days.

    • 12-02-2011 at 9:55 am

      I’m glad you liked it! And yes, I did do a riff on guilty pleasures!

  • 12-06-2011 at 5:35 pm

    Wow. That’s hard core. You used all the words and in order! Great idea! At first I kinda thought, “Eh? He’s using Partridge as a name? Cop out!” But then I read on, yes, all 144 words, and was rewarded. Woot!

    • 12-06-2011 at 6:46 pm

      Whew, glad I redeemed myself (a little). And, using Partridge as a name probably *was* a cop out, but I did what I had to do!

      I think BlogFestivus can bring out the best in us, and the worst. I’m tending towards being an example of the latter. 😀


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