Today we’re pleased to announce the winner of the 19th weekly Flash Fiction competition at Indies Unlimited.
The winning entry is rewarded with a special feature here today and a place in our collection of winners which will be published as an e-book at year end.
A total of 18 votes were cast in the contest this week. The winner (with 67% of those votes) is Ed Drury.
Congratulations to Ed, and thanks to everyone who participated – excellent entries! Now, without further ado, here’s the winning entry:
by Ed Drury
Janet had just stepped into the crosswalk when she heard the screech of bicycle hand brakes to her left. Stunned, she looked up to see a frightened looking stranger with serious brown eyes staring into her own. He had just started to smile when his expression suddenly changed to one of concern. Janet knew instantly why. The sudden acceleration in her pulse was a tipping point. Her face felt cold and numb. She knew from experience that her complexion had turned dusky. Sudden shocks were not kind to an enlarged, dying heart.
The man took off his helmet and started to dump his bike to the curb when Janet waved him off. “I’ll be okay,” she said unconvincingly. She gave him a brave smile and waved him on. He favored her with a smile as he pushed down on the left pedal and started across the intersection. He didn’t make it. A car blew the red light and impacted him from the side, throwing him from the bike. His head struck the pavement with a sickening sound. Janet’s heart labored against the shock of seeing someone so brutally struck. Still, she managed somehow to get to her phone and press 911.
Just as Janet reached her building her pager went off. Taking out her cell phone she dialed her doctor’s number. “Janet, we need you to come to the hospital right away. Good news, a heart has just become available.”