Flash Fiction Challenge: The Four-Part Story (Final Part)


Go, visit the page for Part Three of this challenge.

Once again we return to the four-part story you’re all choatically cumulatively writing. Your task is to go to the comments of that link above, find the third part of a continued story, and then continue it by writing the fourth and final part of that story. Meaning: it’s time to write the ending.

You have another 1000 words to do this.

Make sure to identify which story you are continuing and who the writer was.

Do not continue your own story.

Definitely do end this story — you’re writing the final of four total parts.

You can partake in round two even if you didn’t participate in round one.

You must finish your next and final entry by noon, EST, next Friday (the 6th of March).

If you can and the original author approves — please compile all the stories into the single page, and credit the original author. (That may save folks from having to track back through multiple links to get the whole story so far.)

Time to stick the landing.

83 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: The Four-Part Story (Final Part)”

  1. This is the first time I’ve tried this and I must admit to being a touch confused. I picked a part one and wrote a part two. I never heard back from the part one writer and it appears no one wrote a part three. May I back track and continue a part three or is that story dead and I need to find a new part three for which to write a part four?

    • I’m sorry to hear (well, read) that no one picked up your part three. It happens, don’t take it personally. Officially the part three challenge has expired (but you’re free to write it and finish the story if you want, obviously). For this week’s challenge you should pick someone else’s third part and finish that story, though.

    • I’m sure you posted the part two you wrote to your blog or website, did you remember to post a link to your site here on this blog? The reason I ask is I don’t recall seeing your name here, and it would be an easy detail to overlook. And John is right, a lot of stuff in this exercise doesn’t get picked up, it’s not a negative commentary on your writing

    • The exercise is about taking somebody else’s ideas and continuing them with your own flair. If it didn’t get picked up, I wouldn’t take it as a knock — it’s *really* difficult choosing work by another author that you “click” with enough to take up their mantle and run with it.

      So, taking your own part 2 and continuing its part 3 would be outside the rules of the challenge as such, and kind of defeats the purpose of working with new material, yeah? That said — if you feel your part 2 *needs* a part 3 — I’m pretty sure Chuck isn’t going to materialize out of the shadows behind you and knife you in the neck.

      I’m *pretty* sure.

  2. I chose to end a story begun by Peter MacDonald, continued by J M Beal, and further continued by LizAskew. I’ve taken the liberty of compiling the entire tale here for easy reading, and have cleaned up a couple of what I assumed to be typos along the way. No changes of any consequence to the story have been made or intended.

    I hope I took it to a place that my predecessors hadn’t intended, but that will be satisfying nonetheless. At any rate, I hope you enjoy it.

    Here, then, is “Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening” : https://pavorisms.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/stopping-by-the-woods-on-a-snowy-evening/

  3. I’ve got part four of Never Goes Smooth, a low-fantasy story of ne’er-do-wells with blades up against a situation that is fundamentally fucked. When all you’ve got is a knife, everything looks like exposed kidneys? Read it here:

    Part one by Probably False can be found here:

    Part two by Matthew Gomez can be found here:

    Part three by Peter MacDonald can be found here:

  4. […] Chuck’s challenge this week was to close the gap – write part four of a four part story. I picked one on Sunday and as much as I wasn’t going to admit it, I had a hard time with it. I thought the ideas were flowing and it was going to be a quick thing, but it’s turned into a three-day long slog of just trying to get the words down. I’m still hoping the finished product is up to par though and that everyone who participated will enjoy how I finished the story. This has been an exciting project and I’m happy I participated! […]

  5. I loved the ending! Favourite line: “I don’t want tea.” I laughed. And I love that you tied it all up but still left it open (my favourite way to end things…) I hadn’t a clue what was going on when I wrote Part 3 so nice work on explaining it and having it make sense so even I could figure it out!

    • I like where you took it! Really interesting to see her play double agent and loyal company man and the shift between them. Such a good explanation to wrap things up!

  6. If you’re still looking to pick a story to finish, here’s my totally unofficial, guaranteed to be only semi-accurate, and sans capitalization or punctuation list of the Week Three stories I found that don’t yet have Week Four finishes posted (along with the author of last week’s part three):

    thicker than water (ElctrcRngr)
    cold blood (helen espinosa)
    bart luther freelance exorcist (henry)
    unlocking godhood (matthew gomez)
    unlocking godhood (addy)
    meticulous tie fling ranger (alice keyes)
    the prize (jm beal)
    bart luther freelance exorcist (eva therese)
    the dare (ElctrcRngr)
    on a poet did the baron ride (john freeter)
    beach road (wildbilbo)
    miranda (grymmlock)
    the hand that wields (cameron)
    the sheriff the priest & the killer (momdude)
    beach road (wombatony)

    • I can’t believe no one has finished “bart luther freelance exorcist” yet. I almost did, but I figured lots of people would pick it as well. Ironically the one I chose to end–“Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening”–has been ended by at least three people now.

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