Week 23 Flash Fiction Challenge Winner: Ed Drury

Sunrise on Lake George, New York

Today we’re pleased to announce the winner of the 23rd 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 44 votes were cast in the contest this week. The winner (with 30% 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:

Sunrise on Lake George, New York
Photo by K.S. Brooks

Early Start

by Ed Drury

George killed the evinrude engine and let the little boat drift on the water. The morning air was cool and damp. The sun had just peeked out over the horizon and it’s first rays shone through the early morning mist. It was time.

George had carefully chosen his latest playmate. A local high school guidance counselor who had strange proclivities to say the least. He followed him around for weeks, watching his comings and goings. He had to be sure he was the one. Accusations and rumors were one thing. But truth be known, George knew the type. It didn’t take long for George to see all he needed to about the middle aged counselor. Seems the counselor abused his power over young girls, giving them very bad advice indeed. Getting his confession was a simple matter of persuasion.

George was in his favorite spot on the lake. It was where he took all his playmates after a “session.” Well, the pieces of them that were left that is. George opened the cooler and one by one removed the garbage bags, each containing a small cement block, plus a little bit of his friend. Five packages in all.

One by one, he quietly dropped them over the side to join his other past, shall we say, acquaintances. Power tools had certainly made life simpler these past few years. George smiled as he restarted the motor. Evinrude, Black & Decker, and George. Quality law enforcement products.

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The photo was taken in October 2007 at sunrise on Lake George, New York. 


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10 thoughts on “Week 23 Flash Fiction Challenge Winner: Ed Drury”

  1. To Ed – congratulations.

    One thing this weekly "Flash Fiction Post" does is to get our juices and fingers flowing. It's amazing how many different stories get produced from the K.S. Brooks photos.

    Although there can be only one 'voted' winner, these entries accomplish what all writer's need – attention and discovery.

    If we get enough attention we can get discovered. I'm hoping that's the right theory.

    To the other writers – I read your stories and liked them all, and I'm starting to recognize the names. Hopefully other readers are as well.

    I speculate that there were as many drafted stories which were never submitted. I encourage those in that category to submit your fiction the next time. You might not win, but your entries will be read by many people. That's what this site is trying to do – support us.

    I realized a while back that it's not the voting and winning part that really counts as much as getting your name recognized.

    Any other opinions?

  2. Thanks everyone. Everyone did a good job. Dick, well said. We all want our work to be read. Not only by the general reading public but by our peers. I so enjoy reading all the stories. It's a fun exercise that keeps the juices flowing. I really enjoy it. I think that Indies Unlimited does a fantastic job of inspiring, educating and promoting indie writers. It's a great resource to both readers and writers. I recommend the flash fiction exercise to everyone. When you think about it, everyone writes. The more participation the better. More ideas, more styles, and greater diversity in genres can only make it more fun for everyone. Tweet about it, spread the word on book forums and groups!

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