Aayla hears an earful
Aayla eavesdrops on her father
Pays: 10 points.
84 member cents
Contact Us      
         Join today or login
You are using an outdated version. Writing will not be shown properly in many cases. Click here to use the current version.


New Here?
Sign Up
Fast! Three Questions.

Already a member?


Flash Fiction
Deadline: Tomorrow!

Write A Script
Deadline: In 4 Days

ABC Poetry Contest
Deadline: Mar 21st

Haiku Poetry Contest
Deadline: Mar 23rd

80 Word Flash Fiction
Deadline: Mar 25th


Poet: None
Author: None
Novel: None
Votes: None

    Short Story Contest Winner 
 Category:  General Flash Fiction
  Posted: November 16, 2020      Views: 108

Print It
Save to Bookcase
View Reviews
Rate This
Make Reader Pick
Promote This

Not yet exceptional. When the exceptional rating is reached this is highlighted
Beavers belong to the genus: Castor (see note)
"Payback" by Cynthia Adams1

November's Beaver moon hung low in the night sky. Detective Joe Castor reached into the glovebox for smokes and finding none, swore loudly. He hated surveillance in the best of times and under a bright moon, with a gasbag partner, it was too much. If he hadn’t been preoccupied with his ruminating, Castor might have noticed the short, quick shadow pass the corner of the house. As it was, he and his partner Bill Sweeney were only alerted by the scream.

Miriam Lattimore lay sprawled on her living room floor; carotid artery jaggedly slashed. She'd bled out in less than a minute. The detectives searched the house and then Sweeney called it in while Castor removed the only apparent evidence: several brown hairs, a couple inches long. 

Lattimore was being surveilled because her company, Lavish Furs, was thought to be mob-connected. A snitch had tipped them about a meet that night. Sweeney called into headquarters, then said he'd accompany the body to the hospital. This made Joe smile because he had other plans.

Castor drove onto the Reservation, to see Grandmother. She had once told him that in ancient times, humans and animals used to mate. It is rumored there are still those among us who carry both genes. Joe left Grandmother,
convinced one of his relatives had paid back Miriam Lattimore for her slaughter of innocent beavers-- killed so the whiny rich could have "lavish" coats.
“Serves her right,” Castor mumbled.
He went to find smokes.


Writing Prompt
Short Story (Beg/Mid/end) (Create your own title) (250 words max)
beginning with the sentence::

November's Beaver moon hung low in the night sky.

Short Story
Contest Winner

Author Notes
*Beavers belong to the the genus, Castor. There are two types: the North American beaver (Castor canadensis) and the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber).
**Beavers are the second largest living rodents after the capybaras, which are South American and closely related to the guinea pig. (Information taken from "Online Etymology Dictionary." )
***Beaver coats are still being sold today. Not as expensive as mink or sable, they are popular because they are cheaper and beavers have an "under-fir" that makes the coats very warm. These coats are also naturally waterproofed. It takes about nine beavers to make a coat. (Info taken from "MLFurs.com".)

Pays one point and 2 member cents. Artwork by Envision at FanArtReview.com

Share or Bookmark
Print It Save to Bookcase View Reviews Make Reader Pick Promote This
© Copyright 2016. Cynthia Adams1 All rights reserved.
Cynthia Adams1 has granted FanStory.com, its affiliates and its syndicates non-exclusive rights to display this work.

You need to login or register to write reviews.

It's quick! We only ask four questions to new members.

Interested in posting your own writing online? Click here to find out more.

Write a story or poem and submit your work to receive reviews on your writing. Publish short stories on our book writing site and enter the monthly contests. Guaranteed reviews for everything you write and you will be ranked. Information.

  Contact Us

© 2016 FanStory.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms under which this service is provided to you. Privacy Statement