Furious Fiction – February 2018

The brief of the AWC Furious Fiction—February 2018 short story competition was as follows:

  • Have an opening sentence of exactly THREE words.
  • Include the words “forty”, “flamboyant”, “fortune”, “flavour” and “furious” at some point in the story (plural forms – if they existed – were allowed).
  • Involve the prop of a “feather” in some way.


Happy Birthday

Today’s my birthday.

I’m forty; an age society tells us, especially for women, that they are starting to get old, are over the hill and are supposed to behave a certain way. I’ve never given into this kind of pressure and I don’t intend to start, but it doesn’t mean that I’ve never felt it.

My personality has been described as “flamboyant” and “never furious”, so I’m throwing a flamboyant, nonsense-themed party. Outside in the sun, whimsy decorations, even a fortune teller and food filled with flavour. I’ll even be wearing a flamboyant costume, head-to-toe with colour, bright make-up and a pretty feather in my hair.

Even though I’m forty, I’ll always be a kid at heart and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Happy birthday to me!


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