Sunday, June 15, 2008

Shifting Gears Flash - John McAuley


With gas prices rising, their plans had to change.

They were down to sawing off Danny's legs when they heard the helicopter.

"Fuck. I bet they ain't just looking for our crop."

"Godamnit Eddie! I told you we shouldn't do this on our own property. We should'a spent the fifty bucks to drive him up north and do it."

The End

My third novel and my first decent advance payment. My publisher thinks this book is the big one. Most of the money will go to pay my medical bills. I'll keep what's left for myself. It should come out to a couple of thousand dollars for each bruise and broken bone.

The waste of DNA I'd married already had the check in hand. "So when you cash this we can go to the casino?"

"Sure. You've never been across the Mackinac Bridge to the upper peninsula have you?"

"Nope. They got casino's up there?"

"Sure do."

"Long way from Detroit ain't it? I don't wanna' piss away any more cash on gas than we have too. It'll cut in to the slot money."

" It will only be about fifty dollars. "


Gerald So said...

Clever use of the starter sentence. An ominous setup indeed.

r2 said...

Very cool. What an interesting twist right in the middle of the story.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Very clever, John. And economical.

John Weagly said...

Nice and tight.

Patricia J. Hale said...

Great flash.