I came across this flash fiction (Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner) challenge by happenstance and I’m always up for a challenge.

Winnie opened the letterbox to find a card advising there was a letter she needed to sign for at the post office. She was perplexed because she wasn’t expecting anything. Then she thought maybe it’s the paperwork from the lawyer settling her father’s estate. She resolved to stop by the post office on her way to work.

Upon arriving at the post office she was surprised to see the line so long and several of her neighbors. Jim was looking down at something and grumbling. Maryanne and Peter had a horrified look on their faces. When it was her turn she presented the clerk with her notice. When the clerk returned he said matter-of-factly, “Sign here.”

“There must be some mistake,” Winnie said. “It’s addressed to Occupant. Who sends a certified letter to Occupant?”

“No mistake. Please, sign here,” the clerk, said more emphatically.

Winnie did as instructed, walked away and caught a glimpse of what Maryanne and Peter were so horrified about. She opened her envelope and discovered the same hideous placard with instructions that their attendance is requested for a lottery to determine which unlucky occupant would have their home demolished to make way for the billboard.

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7 responses to ““Occupant””

  1. wildchild47 says :

    Great twist to this plot – very creative and well written!


  2. Stephanie says :

    I enjoyed this read. You really have a way with words. Consequently, we host 4 writing prompts a week at http://ourwriteside.com and would love to see your take on some of those.


  3. Sonya says :

    Great take on the prompt, Erica :). You ramped up the tension nicely throughout the piece, and I love the ending. What a nightmare!

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    • The Ink Slinger says :

      Thanks Sonya for your comment. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Making sure you have the right amount of anything in such a short piece is so important and it’s good to know I succeed. And the who would ever think that with the pull of a name your home could be gone. A nightmare indeed.

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