Theodore Jerome Cohen Wins Flash Fiction Challenge

Theodore Jerome Cohen is the Readers’ Choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today. (In the case of a tie, the writer who submitted an entry first is the winner per our rules.) Without further ado, here’s the winning story:

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The Hotel
by Theodore Jerome Cohen

“I didn’t think you’d make it to the Nevada this year, Dakota,”

“Whaddya talkin’ about?! I done told ya on the phone: I got me a score to settle with that Richardson fella after what happened here in Ely last year.”

“Oh, come on, man, he didn’t mean no harm. He just had one too many drinks in him. All that spoutin’ off and stuff—”

“Don’t matter none to me whether he was sober as a judge or stinkin’ drunk—which he was. There’s no excuse for him talkin’ to my Emmylou like he did.”

“Well, I’ll give you that. But she certainly didn’t take his insults ’bout that beer-soaked t-shirt she was wearin’ lyin’ down.”

Dakota stopped, put his right hand over his mouth, and appeared to be in deep thought for several seconds. “Well, there’s somethin’ to what you say. I gotta admit, I laughed when she broke that beer bottle over his head and then kneed him in the groin when he was bent over. Personally, I thought that was a nice touch.”

“I’ll say. Don’t mess with Emmylou, huh?! So, why not just back off and enjoy the night?”

“Ya know, you’re right. Me and the boys was gonna give Richardson a real ‘haircut’ when he came down to the bar tonight. Perhaps we’ll just give him a ‘light trim.’ ”

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