Against all odds : Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner

Against all Odds

Of all the places I thought I would end up on New Year’s Eve, this bowling alley is somewhere on my list, but not today and certainly not in this predicament.

I had planned another quiet evening. Just a quiet night in front of the small screen, with a glass of wine, or two, and some nibbles.

But you came for me.

Suddenly and noisily.

One moment I was sipping my Pinot Grigio and the next I was surrounded by you and your ‘employees’, masked, dressed in black and brandishing weapons.

You tied me up like a worthless parcel that you wanted rid of, and leant down to fix my gaze when you uttered my sentence.

“Useless shits like you shouldn’t lend money you’re incapable of paying back.”

Your kick with that heavy, steel capped boot, drove all the wind from my lungs and mixed it with the expelled liquid contents of my stomach.

So here I am all trussed and hidden behind the pins, one of which has been stuffed with explosives.

You’d love a strike.

I’d love you to miss completely.

I’m fatally afraid that the odds are not in my favour.

(194 including the introductory words)

Photo prompt : public-domain-images-free-stock-photos-alley-ball-bowl.jpg

Written for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Week #1- 2016. where the requirements are : Create a 200 word flash story using the photo prompt and the provided first sentence (which is optional). This challenge is organised by Roger Shipp. Thanks Roger!


  1. rogershipp · December 31, 2015

    For such a horrid situation for the guy.. I was in stitches. This is a tv show I would have loved to have seen! THe suspense of waiting for the strike… Loved it!


    • Graham Lawrence · December 31, 2015

      Thanks Roger for reading and once again for the challenge. 200 words and the first ‘sentence’ is a great formula and I’ve been missing it in my weekly schedule for reasons we both know. Sad 😦

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Sonya · December 31, 2015

    Wow, dark. Excellent take on the prompt, though! Happy New Year, Graham 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Graham Lawrence · December 31, 2015

      Thanks Sonya. Happy New Year to you too!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. angietrafford · December 31, 2015

    Sinister, but somehow a comedic scene, a complete miss would be hysterical!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Priceless Joy · December 31, 2015

    Wow! What a diffferent spin to the prompt! Great mystery/horror story! Seems like he’s going to be blown up but glad I don’t have to witness it. 😀 Happy New Year Graham!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Graham Lawrence · December 31, 2015

      Thanks! Happy New Year!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Susan · January 1, 2016

    Great take on the prompt. You have me scared to bowl now. LOL. Happy New Year. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Graham Lawrence · January 1, 2016

      Thanks Susan. Happy New Year:-)

      Liked by 1 person

  6. blackcherriess · January 1, 2016

    oh no! i hope the boss is a bad bowler then! happy new year to you and your loved ones xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • Graham Lawrence · January 1, 2016

      Thanks for reading and commenting! Happy New Year!


  7. luckyjc007 · January 3, 2016

    Wow! You really made a strike with this one! It’s awesome! Certainly an unexpected happening at a bowling alley. It seems strange to laugh at such a dangerous predicament…I just had to. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Graham Lawrence · January 3, 2016

      Thanks for your lovely comment 🙂


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