69 x 2

Okay, another LJ user, [info]bluepose, is piggybacking on JA Konrath’s 69-word flash fiction contest at his blog Change at Jamaica. This time round there’s money at stake: ten bucks. Here’s my entry for today, “69,” which, counting the title, is the requisite number of words; it took me all of ten minutes to write and edit:

He counted each cactus needle as he pulled them out. Sixty-nine. Each one hurt more than the last. His face burned. His forehead hurt from the fall. The horse was long gone, the money with it. Five of his men dead, all for this. Emily Rose waiting for him at the train station, wondering what the hell. He wished his billfold with her name wasn

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