‘Man, all three of you couldn’t hit a barn door. Try again.’ Hank loaded a clay into the thrower. ‘Ready?’


The clay disc fired out over the field. Three shots fired off. The clay landed in one piece a hundred yards away.

‘Dammit, these guns is useless,’ whined Dwight. ‘How we expected to hit those itty-bitty things flying about anyway?’

The others yucked at Dwight’s outburst.


The smoke cleared round the classroom. It was eerily quiet and still as all the screaming and running died away.

They could hear the police arriving outside.

‘How many you get, Dwight?’ Hank asked, crouched behind the desk.

‘I think I got me four, including that stuck up Darcy,’ Dwight grinned. ‘Won’t see her sniggering behind my back in Maths anymore.’

The others yucked at Dwight’s outburst.

Copyright Yinglan

Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story or poem in around 175 words, based on the weekly photo prompt. Thanks as always to the challenge hosts Priceless Joy and Joe. For more information visit HERE.

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31 responses to “PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT”

  1. Dwight shot a few students in school? That is why he was practicing? Scary, when people get angry and have access to a gun.

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  2. Iain, this is really really good. I love how you went outside the box to give attention to the shootings in our society. It was jarring and that can be so important. Thank you! You made me think. Blessings, Debbie
    ps – I’ll be out of town for the next two weeks at a peace retreat. Just wanted you to know in case you didn’t see me visiting your blog!

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