Here’s this week’s entry into Monday’s Finish the Story flash fiction challenge, run by Barbara W. Beacham. This challenge gives you a picture prompt and the first line and asks that you finish the story in 100-150 words. The given line is in italics.
A body suddenly crashed through a plate glass window at the brigadier’s house.
Johnny sprawled amidst shattered glass as Brigadier William Coles stormed after him, his furious gaze locked on his brother.
Connie had to act – she couldn’t let the younger man take the blame. She stood in her husband’s path.
“Move.” He barely looked at her.
“It wasn’t him,” she confessed and waited for his eyes to shift. “I took the money. He was just helping me out.”
His expression shifted from fury, through confusion and disbelief, landing finally in dark anger and a disgust that burned. She’d always dreaded such a look being directed at her. It was inevitable her past would someday come back to haunt her.
“Am I supposed to say ‘thank you’ for that?”
Johnny brushed glass from his clothes as he rose. “That would be nice,” he said, “and ow!”
“What the Hell’s going on, Connie?”
She had to tell him. “They’ve got my sister, William.”
Word Count: 150
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