Flash Fiction Challenge: Must Contain Three Things

Last week’s challenge: It’s X Meets Y!

This week is easy enough:

Roll randomly on the three tables below, and you will select three things that must be contained within your story. A story that will be 1000 words long, posted at your online space, and linked back here by next Friday, noon, EST.

That’s it. Easy.

Use a die or a random number generator for the tables.

Now, get to writing!

Table 1

  1. A spider
  2. A pocketwatch
  3. Betrayal
  4. A murder
  5. A journal
  6. Poison
  7. A strange bird
  8. A talisman
  9. A library
  10. A sword

Table 2

  1. An assassin
  2. A lost comic book
  3. A found dog
  4. True love
  5. The end of the world
  6. Survival
  7. A divorce
  8. A shopping mall
  9. Public drunkenness
  10. A vampire

Table 3

  1. War
  2. A magician
  3. A bomb
  4. A horse
  5. Resurrection
  6. A cave
  7. A forbidden tryst
  8. A gateway
  9. A shoebox full of photographs
  10. A prison

165 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Must Contain Three Things”

  1. I got betrayal, true love and a forbidden tryst… They go together so well it’s, well, boring.

    So I rolled again and got a library, a shopping mall and resurrection. I’ll see what happens…

  2. I have been watching these challenges for a few weeks now, and finally threw together a blog just so I could participate. Is it a complete story? No. Is it my best work? Hell no. But it’s SOMETHING, which is more than the NOTHING I’ve been writing for the last couple of months. So for that, Mr. Wendig, thank you.

    I got a strange bird, a shopping mall, and a magician.


    • I love the twist! I also appreciate the casual profanity of the kids – my son is in seventh grade and he and his buddies haven’t found a curse word they couldn’t put to immediate and frequent use!

  3. I’m new too, but from what I can tell the only rule is not to talk about write club. Also, nice ending to your story.

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