Jacqueline Hopkins is This Week’s Flash Fiction Star

Congrats to Jacqueline Hopkins, the readers’ choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge.

The winning entry is recognized 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.

Without further ado, here’s the winning story:


Photo by K.S. Brooks

by Jacqueline Hopkins

There we were, high on the mountain, minding our own business, waiting for the Captain to determine our next plan of action when “BAM!”

The horses jumped sideways and we nearly fell off our mounts. We all turned towards the noise just in time to see Mr. Morton fall off his horse, hitting the ground with a loud thud and a small puff of smoke rising from the Captain’s pistol.

“What the heck just happened?” the young Indian to my left asked me.

“Danged, if I know, little Wannabewhiteman. But perhaps we better be on our best behavior from here on out if we don’t want to end up like Mr. Morton.”

I noticed the young Indian sit up a little straighter on his painted pony. I’m sure he wondered like the rest of us what Mr. Morton could have done that was so bad to have gotten himself shot.

“You don’t suppose the scout brought some trouble with him, do you?” Wannabewhiteman asked.

“Either that or the captain has done lost his mind since we didn’t hear what was said between them. But I’m not going to be the one to ask.”

“Hmm, that is a thought. I think I might know what is going through the Captain’s mind. Follow me.”

I followed Wannabewhiteman a few yards back in woods until he brought us to a small clearing full of mushrooms. The Captain must have gotten his hand…and mouth on some and they clearly had messed with his mind.

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