The Holidays Never Live Up to the Hype by KS Herrman

Prompt: That Will Not Be Necessary | Word Count: 1200 words | Genre:  Fiction

Damn it, Serena! If you don’t pick up all this crap on your floor, I’ll call Krampus to come with Saint Nicholas!” Melody could feel the rage burning her face as she screamed.

Serena stared at her mother. “Call him.” Continue reading

Shall I Make the Call? by Patty Mower Panni

Prompt: That Will Not Be Necessary | Word Count: 1200 | Genre: Crime Fiction

I have a secret. It’s a pretty big one, as secrets go, one that will change the lives of a lot of people when I share it. I’ve come to think of this secret as my little insurance policy, held in reserve for just the right moment…which is tonight. Continue reading

Terminal by AliD

Prompt: That will not be necessary  |  Word count: 1200  |  Genre: Fiction

The rubber door seal whooshed as it slid across the tiled floor, before sucking itself back into its hole. Familiar tile-flapping of the nurse’s clogs passed backwards and forwards, around and around the bed.

Here we go again, Alice thought. Continue reading

It’s Ours by Amanda Rioux

Prompt: That will not be necessary | Word Count: 1200 words exactly | Genre: Fiction

Note: This is the final installment in a series from the past few months

Warning: Strong language

Two weeks have gone by since Hannah’s funeral. I haven’t seen or heard from Marco at all. My phone calls and messages go unanswered. Twice I have driven by his house in a slow crawl, attempting to pull into the driveway or bang on the door. The second time I drive past, I saw the outline of Jorge in the front window. He acknowledged me with a cautious wave, before closing the curtain shut. I could tell he seemed anxious to talk. I have never gone this long without talking to either of them. And it’s not just me: after talking to the others, I discover that Marco has avoided contact with them as well. Continue reading

Beauty in Death by Florence Waeni

Prompt: That will not be necessary | Word count: 1200 | Genre: Realistic fiction

Warning: Death, illness

“What a beautiful obituary,” Tamara exclaimed.

The response she got was perplexed and rather shocked faces.

“Aw, come on,” she said. “Don’t look at me like that. This is such a sweet obituary. Listen: Gregory Mati entered this world screaming his heart out 76 years ago. He left in a mature rather undramatic manner – cool, calm and collected – having touched many lives and spread his love without fear or favour. That’s so cool. I want you guys to write such an obituary for me.” Continue reading

Millie by Cheryl Rush Cowperthwait

Prompt: That won’t be necessary | Word Count: 1200 | Genre: Fiction

An early winter, that’s just great, she thought. She pushed the shopping cart along the cracked sidewalk, the wobbly wheel catching on each groove. The wind cut through her layered shirts and sweaters as the snow began to fall.

“Millie, you better get home! The snow gonna get bad tonight.” That was old Jonesy, always on the lookout for her and those like her. Continue reading

The Hibiscus Tree by Amrita Sarkar


Prompt: That will not be necessary | Word count: 1200 | Genre: Romance

“Have you ever dated, thammi*?” Riya played with her cell phone as she waited for an answer.

I smiled. My granddaughter often asked me questions that she never asked her parents. I was amused.

“I like the concept. But I don’t like that word – Dating. It sounds like something marked in red on a calendar.” I replied. Continue reading

Broken-hearted by Maria Kinnersley

Prompt: That will not be necessary | Word count: 1200 words exactly | Genre: Fiction

She curled up in her bed, the covers over her head. The alarm had gone, but she did not want to get up. Her heart was broken and she had lost the will to get on with life. What was the point now she thought to herself? The person who was the meaning in her life did not want her; Continue reading

An Unnecessary Kindness by Franciska Merrick

Prompt: That Won’t Be Necessary l Word Count: 1200 l Genre: Fiction

“Nathalie,I told you at the baby shower, dearie, a baby born in the winter will be fat if you do not eat enough fennel in your last trimester. I have a great fennel salad recipe, you should have asked for it. Now look at how pudgy Claire is. I cannot even call her ‘little’ Claire.” Aunt Gertrude’s swollen wrist swallows a golden bracelet studded with gems, her floppy earlobes are heavy with diamond studs, and gaudy rings encircle her pudgy fingers. Money does not buy class. Continue reading

911! What’s Your Emergency by Peggy Rockey

Prompt: That Will Not Be Necessary | Word Count: 1200 words exactly| Genre: Fiction

“You won’t believe how crazy it is here, today” Steven mentioned to Paige when she arrived at the office. “It must be true what they say about full moons.”

It was only noon, but the office was already buzzing with dozens of 911 operators talking into headsets, studying computer consoles and clicking away at keyboards. Continue reading