Dan Peyton Wins Flash Fiction Challenge

Congratulations to Dan Peyton whose entry won this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge.

The voter-selected story is recognized with a special feature here today and wins a place in our 2015 Flash Fiction Anthology, which will be published as an eBook when this year’s challenges are completed.

Without further ado, here’s the winning story:

2014 May Day 5 Crater Lake steep Flash Fiction Prompt
Crater Lake photo copyright K. S. Brooks. Do not use without attribution.

Take the Money and Fall
by Dan Peyton

“To heck with this!” He muttered as he yanked the knife from the ankle holster to slice through the ropes of the parachute.

Now in a free fall he slapped his arms against his sides and pushed his knees together. The descent into the Mediterranean grew quicker, but it caused the bullets being fired at him miss. With a sharp motion, he pulled his arms out and spread his legs, revealing the flaps that turned his jumpsuit into a glider.

Bullets still flying at him, he used a current in the air to swoop back up, heading right for the plane. Scrunching his knees up to his chest he tumbled while at the same time he grabbed the second long knife from his other boot. He used the forward roll to help launch the weapon at his pursuers.

The knife spun through the air and pierced the forward windshield of the plane. It finally lodged into the forehead of the pilot. The pilot rocked forward and then died, slumped against the controls.

The secret agent caught his currents again and flew in wide circles all the way down to the resort below. The quaint little Greek island was bustling with folks dancing around to catch the drifting money falling from the heavens.

The agent unzipped his outfit to reveal a sharp black suit. He sat down at the outdoor bar, plucked a counterfeit twenty from the air and handed it to the bartender. “Martini, shaken not stirred.”

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9 thoughts on “Dan Peyton Wins Flash Fiction Challenge”

  1. Dan, brilliant story. Well done. Can you believe we got so many votes?This is the best fun I’ve had in ages.

    It feels like throwing an impulsive creative idea to the wind, then seeing all the glaringly obvious mistakes ( me, not you). Finally, sitting back and enjoying the race. I went to bed on Thursday night, Ankara Turkey time, the winner, and awoke in 2nd place.

    Love the comp. Love Indies unlimited.

  2. That’s a great story Dan. I could see the story being played out as I was reading your word. I loved it. I’ve read it twice now.

  3. I am so glad that everyone enjoyed it. I had fun writing it. Can’t wait to see it in the anthology.

  4. Lyn,
    This is a great story but you’ve posted it in the wrong place. Find your way to ‘Straight or Left’. I’m unsure of Pacific Time at present. I think you still have a few hours before the deadline.
    Would hate to see anyone miss their chance.
    Good luck.

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