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Flash Fiction: The Final Installment 

Today we have a little alliteration for story. The lilt and tone are what drew me to this piece. The sly comedy, almost Three Stoogey, takes the place of substance here. What’s this really about? Who cares? Just read it. And enjoy it.

Spur yourself to action: Send your shorts to [email protected]. I’m looking for 500 words or less, fiction or nonfiction. You send it and I’ll look it over and get back to you.

—Lyle Rosdahl

SPUR-red to Action by Francis Hicks

The lawyer looked at them askance.  “Describe the lies.”

“Slanderous statements!”

“Pernicious intimations!”

“Unfavorable falsifications!”

“Reproachful equivocations!” they replied, one after the other.


“All said in spite?” the barrister inquired.

“With spleen!”

“With pique !”

“With umbrage!”

“With rancor!” came the responses.


The lawyer leaned forward and asked, “How attractive was the offer?”

“Seductively salubrious!”

“Persuasively palatial!”

“Unctuously unfolded!”

“Ravishingly resplendent!” the prospective clients whispered.


“What about his fee?” he asked, his eyes narrowed.

“Stupidly steep!”

“Preposterously pricey!”

“Ultimately unreasonable!”

“Ridiculously rich!” each protested singly.


The counselor leaned back, eying them suspiciously, “Were you deceived?”

“Swindled savagely!”

“Put upon particularly!”

“Unnecessarily undone!”

“Royally Robbed!” they replied, with raised eyebrows and pouting lips.


“Are you seeking recompense?” he asked, licking his lips.

“Satisfaction, surely!”

“Payment, promptly !”

“Uncapped, unquestionably!”

“Reparation, rapidly!” they said, smiles breaking on their faces.


The lawyer leaped from his seat and cried, “Your responses have spurred me to take your case!”

“OK,” the leader said as he leaned forward.  “Just don't stick it to us.”


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