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.
The Pizza Delivery
Lily scowled as a grinning Bristol climbed into the driver’s seat. His ruse had been her undoing.
Her guard had lowered after months of safety but seeing his face instead of the pizza delivery boy’s had reignited her instincts. She’d slammed the door and thrown the locks. She’d known this day would arrive. Her bag was packed beside the fire escape and she slung it on as she fled.
Avery awaited her at ground level.
She fought, kicking and struggling until a blow sent her reeling. By the time her senses settled she’d been bundled into the car, plastic bindings digging into her wrists.
“I hear your dear sister found a rich husband.” Avery sat close beside her. “How much will she pay for your return, hmm?”
“Ransom?” she scoffed. “The brigadier won’t let her pay anything. You’re wasting your time!”
Taking her phone, he dialed Connie’s number.
Word Count: 150
The story is set a little while before the scene in Blameless that I wrote a couple of weeks ago. I said then that I’d write more of that story when I found a prompt that would work with my ideas. Well here you go! I’ve never really written any modern thriller type pieces before – the usual genres that inspire me are fantasy and historical – so I’m quite surprised that this story has captured my attention as much as it has. I have lots more ideas for future weeks. I hope you like it.
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