Imagine my surprise, though I didn't win, the judges did give me Honorable Mention! It made me feel pretty good. So, I thought I'd share it here... perhaps I'll do more of these in the future!
Read the judges comments HERE.
Word Count: 300
100% A Bad Plan
“It’s a bad plan, but curse it. If there’s one thing I’m good at it’s making bad plans work,” Colin whispered laying beneath the holly bush.
“Or...” I mumbled, “we just go out and try to explain. It was a stupid dare.” I felt the leaves’ spikes carving scars of criminality into my skin. It didn’t matter if we made it back without getting caught, one look at my shirt, shredded from blood-thirsty shrubbery, and I would be jailed or at least grounded.
“Adventure awaits, Brad!” He crawled forward. I wanted to protest, but was afraid to reveal our location to the men searching the bushes. I shuffled behind before stumbling to my feet. I didn’t have much time to think about what would happen next because when I stood to ask, Colin punched me. It was like a Saturday morning cartoon, birds seemed to be flying around my head and my lip must have swelled ten sizes.
Amidst my groaning, I could hear voices, mainly Colin’s.
”You see, sir, my friend here, loves Savannah Parker, a girl in our class who lives over there. Tonight, he got a little… intense… and decided he wanted to confess his love. Anyways, her boyfriend found him and punched him. I was certain he was going to kill him! So, we jumped the fence and hid here until we were safe.”
It was the worst plan ever, I was in pain and they knew we were lying… The guardsmen looked between us. Surprisingly, in the next moment, they were letting us go. Perhaps, they didn’t want be bothered with the paperwork. Maybe there was some mild respect for me getting punched? Colin bragged afterwards that bad plans are 80% hope, 10% confidence, and 10% pity. It’s a pity I didn’t punch him first.