Below you will find the results of my having challenged myself for a number of days to write a short story with a beginning and middle and an end inside of 30 minutes. Here is what I came up with. I hope you like it.
Eddie had a thing for obscurity. Big Star were far too well known a band for him; he preferred Blue Ash and Fotomaker.
When Eddie found the magic lamp that would give him three wishes, a lot of people were very happy. Eddie was a compassionate guy. They assumed he would use the lamp to cure diseases, or even make them vanish completely.
Instead, Eddie brought Dale Hawkins back to life. Dale, of course, being the rebellious rock and roll singer who had a big hit in 1957 with “Suzie Q.”
Eddie explained that Dale Hawkins was under appreciated as an artist. According to Eddie, Dale Hawkins was the ‘main framer of swamp boogie.’ Being resurrected might bring him much deserved attention.
The “attention” Mr. Hawkins received for being the first person to return from the dead – arguably in over 2000 years – quickly proved too much for the man. He died within a few days of his return.
The President of The United States called Eddie, the day after Dale’s second expiration, and tersely informed him that his next wish had better be an improvement over his first.
Eddie’s second and third wishes were, respectively, that people liked Jack Starr more than they liked Hasil Adkins, and, more distressingly, that slavery had never been abolished.
Eddie was murdered outside his parents’ home.