Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Headed For Trouble

This story, one of the winners of the first Fifty-Five Fiction contest in 1987, has to be one of my all-time favorites. It meets the criteria of MY FIVE-UNS:

• Unboring
• Unexpected
• Understandable
• Uncomplicated
• Unforgettable

See if you agree.

The scantily clad hitchhiker knew she was in trouble the moment she stepped into the car.
The driver gazed disapprovingly at her costume. "Looking for some fun?"
"No…I'm just going to the beach."
"Think so? Well, I've got other plans for you, sweetie, and they don't include beaches.
"Guess I'm grounded, huh, Mom?"

Dick Skeen, "Headed for Trouble," in The World's Shortest Stories, ed. Steve Moss (Philadelphia: Running Press Book Publishers, 1998) p. 105


  1. It is a cute story, Mary Gordon. And it meets all of your uns.

    Straight From Hel

  2. Hey MG - I finally got over here to read up on your new project. Who should know a good story better than YOU. I look forward to more.

    Karen Casey Fitzjerrell