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.
My grandfather would suggest that the town’s economic woes could be alleviated if we all simply returned owning slaves.
The panel at the town meeting would remind him that slavery, in addition to being morally reprehensible, was illegal.
My grandfather suggested that we return to slavery ‘on a state level,’ so as not to interfere with The Constitution.
My grandfather had created an unfeasible plan to ‘sneak up’ on the town’s minuscule African-American population. His scheme required deputizing The Litter Beaters, a group of high school aged seasonal workers who assisted the parks & recreation department in cleaning up local parks.
About a year after my grandfather’s passing, a local art student fabricated a papier-mâché and wire sculpture of then-popular comedian Bill Cosby knocking my mother’s father unconscious with a stiff jab to the chin.
The installation was displayed in the lobby of the community college. Perhaps due to the limitations of the medium, ‘Bill Cosby’ wound up resembling rotund character actor Victor Buono.