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.

“How did daddy die?”

“He was in a bar, making fun of some guy who was wearing leotards and a blue ski mask. Turns out the guy was a big deal pro wrestler. Your father bet the guy that he could escape from any move. He said pro wrestling was bullshit. The guy put the abdominal claw on your dad, who kind of writhed around on the floor for a long time. Eventually, his pancreas burst. He died on the way to the hospital. The guy in the mask eventually won the tag team championship with Moondog Lonnie Mayne.”

“Uncle Ross said daddy died in Vietnam.”

“Ross isn’t really your uncle.”

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