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.
“Why can’t we go to the Chinese restaurant?”
“They used to have a ventriloquist act, there. The guy would go around with dummy, insulting people as they ate their meals. He really laid into your father, one night – calling him an idiot with soup on his necktie. Your father got really mad and hauled off and punched the dummy. Everybody in the place laughed at him and he got arrested.”
“Did he ever become friends with the guy with the dummy?”