Flash Fiction Challenge: The Fourth Of July


Check out last week’s players in the “Sub-Genre Mash-Up.”

Monday’s the Fourth of July. In this country, that means grilled meats, flag-waving, fire-crackers, humidity, parades, patriotism, picnics, baseball, families, and so on, and so forth.

It’s a day of celebration.

But fiction, well. Fiction likes a taste of the dark stuff. Fiction seeks to subvert happiness with a foul tincture of darkness. That, then, is your task for this week. Take the Fourth of July and muddy it up.

The flash fiction must be set on the Fourth of July.

This is a good challenge for horror or crime fiction, I think. Less so for fantasy and sci-fi, but if you think you can make it work, do it. Just be sure you show how long the shadows are on this hot summer holiday.

Once again: 1000 words.

Post it on your blog, and link back here, then make sure to let us know in the comments where to look for the fiction. You’ve got a week. Closing up shop Friday, July 8th, at 12 noon EST.

Load up them bottle rockets.

Jump into the pool.

Tell the grillmaster how you like your burger.

And be sure to hide the bodies.


40 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: The Fourth Of July”

  1. We’re a Vacation Location for some of our friends, so I can’t do the whole flash fiction, but you’ve given me an idea for a future story. It will be about that old rake, Benjamin Franklin. Since some folks are trying to rewrite the biographies of the Founding Fathers anyway…

  2. […] This is another in the series of flash fiction from Chuck Wendig’s site “Terrible Minds.” This week’s mission? One thousand words, with the theme being the Fourth of July. Check out the other entries here: Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction Challenge, “The Fourth of July.” […]

  3. Thanks, Chuck, for giving me an outlet to write, instead of encouraging me to become a serial killer. Even though the pay is the same, I don’t have the dedication and commitment required for that other thing. Besides, I get tired of digging.
    The stories I’ve read so far have been really good–but dark. Geez, does anybody remember laughter?

    Bob on the Fourth of July

  4. I have read a lot of the pieces, and will read more.
    I would like to point out to those who do not see a comment from me on their piece somewhere, that some of their sites will not post a comment very easily, and some of them won’t post it without requiring that you sign up for that blog.
    I sign in where I can with wordpress or livejournal ID.
    If that’s not good enough, I’ll persist for awhile, if still no success, then I give up.

  5. I agree with Louise–sometimes I just can’t comment. Although maybe it’s for the best. I joined live journal, for Christ’s sake, and I feel like I’ve joined yet another cult. BA, I liked your story (Of course, I don’t even know how to comment on it to tell you.) Synchronicity is not just a song by The Police.

  6. I’ve been on tumblr for about a month and literally just realized that you can’t comment. Looking into switching to wordpress or a different theme.

    Had a blogger account for years before I decided to start respecting myself.

    Thanks for the love gen Xer

  7. July 8, 2011> I just tried to access BA Boucher’s story and got an error message from tumblir. Their engineers are terribly sorry and are looking into the problem.
    This is not the first time this week I have been unable to access tumblir.
    I’ve enjoyed reading all your stories and will be back to finish the ones posted later. : )

  8. Well, that is a bummer…after staying up late to finish in time for the deadline, postponing precious pre-vacation-drive sleep time, it appears that my comment did not post? Weird…
    I noticed it didn’t appear on the first try, so I posted again, and got a message about already posting that comment. So I figured OK, Chuck is now approving all comments first, cool. But no! Comment fail! GAH! Oh well, at least I am happy with my story 🙂

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