boneThe opening sentence for the June 9th  Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: “The first one was a surprise…” Please use this sentence (or this thought) somewhere in your flash.

This challenge is open until 11:00 pm Friday night, June 17th, 2016.

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The Bone Pit

The bone lay surrounded by the team, as if it was a secret we hesitated to share.

“The first one was a surprise,” Sandy said, looking around, mouth slowly turning into an ‘O.’  “It wasn’t, was it? You put it there, didn’t you?” Including us all in the ‘you.’

Charlie nodded.  “Calm down, Sandy. If we didn’t find anything,” said matter-of-fact, “the grant dries up.  We all lose our jobs and go home.”


It was Danny who hit him, knocking him down with one blow of his hammer. Charlie and Danny dragged the body to the edge of the pit and tossed him in.

“That’s four,” Charlie commented. “Coffee?”