One Last Time by Martin Haworth

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

“That will not be necessary.”

I look up, and raise my eyebrows a little, proffering the card once more. This time I wiggle it a bit. He remains stony-faced.

“OK then, thank you,” I retreat.

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Années Passées by Khan

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

Warning: Sexual content.

Sukey Tawdry Mouton was born on August 23, 1992 in the town of Golden Meadow, like a pimple on the ass of the southern tip of Louisiana, population 2000. Continue reading

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

Cock-a-doodle-doo by Aisling Doonan

Prompt: That Will Not Be Necessary | Word Count: 1225 words | Genre: Humour


‘Nooooo’ Jake groans beside me, his arm thrown over his eyes trying to block out the light stabbing through the chinks in the curtain. He grabs his pillow and thumps it on top of his head, stifling his piteous moans.


I can no longer keep up the pretence that I am asleep, my eyes are sore and gritty and I know that once I open them, there is no hope of falling back asleep again. Who on earth decides to keep chickens and a rooster in a housing estate in the middle of Dublin? Continue reading

Sacrifice by Jennifer MacKinnon

Prompt: That Will Not Be Necessary | Word Count: 1200 | Genre: Science Fiction/War

“Do we need to entrust this task to someone less emotionally compromised, Lieutenant General?” the Minister of Public Affairs asked, a sly undertone present despite the use of a modulator to disguise his voice. The faceless darkness beneath his embellished hood gave off a smug air.

“That will not be necessary,” the young officer replied blandly, her expression never changing from its neutral politeness. Continue reading

That Will Not Be Necessary by Elaine Dodge

Prompt: That Will Not Be Necessary | Word Count: 1200 | Genre: Dark Humour | For those who like them – It’s the return of the brains.

There was a time when the disarticulated brain in the large jar second to the left on the third shelf from the bottom had been known as King of the Lab. Now, he was about to become King of the Fridge. Something he’d enjoy for about five minutes before the sub-zero temperature froze him into a coma. The brain, correctly labelled as XLP#304, was miffed, to put it mildly. Continue reading

Free at last by J.T.Blackie

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

“Yes, I have your reservation here on the screen, Sir. A double room with en suite bathroom and jacuzzi. From 28th December until the 2nd of January.”

“That’s right. I wanted to check it was the side of the hotel with a view, you know for the fireworks and everything on New Year’s Eve.”

“Yes, Sir. Everything has been organised. Including the bottle of champagne.”

“Fantastic.” Continue reading

God Bless Africa by Moira le Roux

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

This story was inspired by my sister, Liane Greeff’s last month story, and what it was like to grow up in the South African apartheid era. The racial thing didn’t affect me when I was a child as it all seemed normal. Just to clarify to overseas readers South Africa has Whites, Blacks, Coloured and Asians. The Coloured and the Blacks are very different and have different languages and cultures and won’t thank you to mix them up as tourist sometimes do.

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Who Always Listens To Me? by Kathy Sanford

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

Wendy looked up from her phone.  For a moment, she gazed without focus toward the cafeteria workers cleaning up after breakfast.  After taking a sip of coffee, she set the Styrofoam cup down on the table a few inches away from a small paper rectangle.  She rubbed her dry fingers on the napkin before using her thumb and index finger to pick up the ticket, comparing it again to the numbers on her screen.

Five of the six numbers matched. Continue reading

Some lessons are taught in silence by Zéfira Maia

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

Suitable for all audiences

“I still hate his silence, Martina.” Alicia squeezed her hands in fists.

“How long has it been since you two last spoke?” The woman in a light blue uniform holding a baby replied. Continue reading