Friday, November 29, 2013

Terrible Minds Flash Fiction Challenge: 200 words, part 2

Written for the 2nd part of Chuck Wendig's 5 week flash fiction challenge on Terrible Minds.  Basically, one picks 200 words written by someone else for last  week's challenge, then adds their own 200 words to the mix.  Below, the story beginning I chose by Fatma Alici, and following that, the 200 words I added.

Another shot glass slammed down as Toops flashed her big, black eyes at me.  “Are you going to black out.”  Her tone as dry as the desert planet we had left.
I never black out. “  I grinned motioning for another shot.  “I’m only resting my eyes.”
 Toops rolled her eyes and crossed her arms.   “Yeah, I believe you, Lancer.  I really do.”  Her scarred fingers pushed her still full glass back and forth across the metal bar top.  “Didn’t you say we have a man coming in to offer us a job?
You handle all the contracts.  I’m your simple minded muscle.”  I winked at her.  “Me big man.  Me hit things hard.”  The burning fire scalded my throat as I took another shot.
Her hand snapped out faster than my eye could follow.  Those strong fingers crushed mine into my palm.  “Do not call for another shot.  I swear I will break your fingers right now.”
A hearty chuckle rumbled up my throat.  “Alright, alright boss lady.”
My fingers were released.  “We are partners.”
You say that now, but once the client gets here you’ll change your tune.”  She couldn’t deny it.  It was true.
The mark joined us not too long after that. I know they're supposed to be clients, but I can't help thinking of them as marks. Lancer likes to think of us as noble ruffians, taking on jobs to help the weak and disenfranchised. Truth is, we take on the jobs that pay the most. Sometimes that means we take the client for a bit of a ride.

Lancer was right about one thing: when the client arrives, I play boss. Pretty much have to; no one would buy me as the hired muscle – at least no one with all their bits in tact. Marks are always weary of a girl without a purpose. They'll buy me as the brains, but not the brawn.

Lancer brought this one in. I let him do that once in a while because it makes him feel like we're equal partners. More importantly, it makes the marks think that I'm hot stuff. They're so lucky to get me, I send one of my peons first to see if they're worthwhile instead of going myself. Doesn't always work, but when it does, it's a much bigger payday.


Unknown said...

MaxiMove LTD are a family run removal company offering home removals and same-day collection and delivery services at a competitive price. It's our goal to listen to our customers and put their requirements first and to provide you with an efficient, reliable and personalised service ensuring your moving day runs smoothly.
Removals Bootle
Removals Bootle

Unknown said...

Thanks for giving this amazing information
Check out our Spa & Health , Home & Lifestyle Shop.

amith said...

Checkout Death Valley Instagram Captions

Unknown said...

Motor Bike Valley: Latest motorcycle models in bangladesh. Motorbike prices, safety tips, dealer location and motorcycle care tips.

Unknown said...

Find Your Eco friendly household products . We aim to promote and eco-friendly lifestyle along with a balance of active healthy living.

Unknown said...

Premium quality products for dogs and cats on Comet Pets. Handmade collars, leashes, harnesses, beds, toys and treats.

Unknown said...

Agentur für digitales Marketing & Kommunikation | Technologie-, Design-, Social Media Werbung, Marketing- und Social-Media Know-how werden kombiniert um Unternehmen dabei zu helfen, engere und profitablere Beziehungen zu ihren Kunden aufzubauen.

windowproline said...

Kunststof En Aluminium Kozijnen Ramen & Deuren Leverancier In Nederland.
.Onze kunststof kozijnen worden vervaardigd met de beste grondstoffen en volgens de laatste innovaties en technologieën. Zo bieden we u altijd de hoogste kwaliteit.

vicplastic said...


vicplastic said...

We offer A4, A3, A5 or custom sheets in clear or Milky with a minimum order of 200sheets. All sheets will be flatten sheets. Our films are food grade certified.