General Fiction posted October 23, 2018

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Whom Can You Trust in This Short Life?

Decision Time

by Jay Squires

I stand at the ledge, pressing down my toes for balance.
Craning my neck, I peer over between my feet. They do look like ants.
A sudden gust whips my shirt tail into a white surrender flag. My pulse thrums the back of my throat. Somewhere, sirens whine.
I grit my teeth. Close my eyes. Step off.
Kneeling in the gutter, I flick an ant off my ankle. "Damn Pest control! Sixty bucks for this!"


75 Words Flash Fiction contest entry


About Word Count. This leaves me with a very uneasy feeling. Microsoft Word counts it at seventy-five. Word Counter dot-net gives me a seventy-five. WordCountTools dot com comes up with seventy-seven and tell me I'm writing at the 11-12th grade level. Only secondarily do I question America's Education system. My primary concern is who's right on the count. Oh ... FanStory peg it at 81.

Because of the variance, I removed ALL hyphenated words and performed a manual count, repeating it a second and a third time: seventy-five.

If I'm disqualified by word count ... I will sue! LOL, no, but I'll be pissed!
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