Dick Waters Wins Flash Fiction Challenge Popular Vote

Dick Waters 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. This week there was a tie,  so 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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Cattle Drive
by Dick Waters

Commuting from the countryside to the city can be unpredictable. Working in the director’s office at a Fortune 500 company is not a place to be late.

Herb was a nice guy, but he was a stickler for being on time. Two months in this position and I had never been late.

I had my usual light breakfast, said my goodbyes to the wife and headed off to work. Sixteen miles, which was usually a thirty-minute drive.

My mind was focused somewhere between work and music, when a cowboy jumped in front of my BMW. I quickly noticed he didn’t have an option as the other cowboy had opened the fence and the heard was pushing one another to squeeze through the gate.

I had plenty of time to count the cows, but never thought there would be this many. I should have counted how many times I looked at my watch.

I was ten minutes late, and Herb was standing arms across his chest looking at HIS watch. I couldn’t help it, I started to laugh. Herb followed right on my heels to my office.

“You’re LATE.”

I turned, saw his red face and couldn’t help starting to laugh again.

“Herb, I’m sorry.” I tried my best to catch my breath to say more.

“This better be a good one!”


From time to time now, I cut the silence with a Moo, and we chuckle, knowing the rest of the story.

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