I’m in the midst of NaNoWriMo and have decided to mix things up a bit this week, going with a super-short 100 word story for my weekly flash fiction piece. I’ve done a couple of these before. They are fun, though writing something so short is an entirely different experience than my usual 500-1500 pieces. 

Here is the prompt from Phlambler’s World:

100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above (‘interfere’, ‘pitch’ and ‘shade’) in the genres of horror, fantasy or science fiction. 


His helm pitched to the side as the shade’s sword made contact. He staggered backward, feigning flight but not the pain. The pain was real.

The shade took the bait, closing in with twin sabers whirling. He hoped his injuries wouldn’t interfere with his plan. As the shade bore down, he pivoted. His right leg caught the shade’s left foot. The shade’s momentum tipped him forward, impaling him on the hero’s blade.

“You won’t live the night,” the shade hissed.

“Nor you,” he spat back.

Thin wisps of smoke rose from the shade’s body as death took hold.