Today’s short story was tricky and fun in equal parts.

I decided to make my first attempt at flash fiction, a writing genre wherein the stories are extremely short. In this case, a 100-word limit.

Have you ever tried to tell a story in 100 words or less? It’s an intense mental exercise.

In total it took me two hours to compose, divided as follows: one hour of thinking up ideas, fifteen minutes of writing, and forty-five minutes of editing.

Dear Tommy,

Congratulations on graduating from our academy with honors. I’m so proud of you. I always knew you’d succeed, but had to refrain from public praise. There’s nothing worse than accusations of favoritism in academia.

Enclosed you will find two gifts:

  • an iron ring, to be worn on your pinky finger, as proof of your academic excellence.
  • a tungsten chain, to be worn around your neck, as a token of my love for you.

Keep them close, as combined they ward off most demons and creatures of the night.

With Love,
(auntie) Phyllis Montrose
Head Wizard
Darkmount Academy

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