A very, very, short, short story created for the Sarah Awards.
I created this story for the “Very, Very, Short, Short Stories Contest –Sarah Awards“.
It had to be between 1-3 minutes long and follow these rules:
- Dialogue – had to include the line “Do one thing for a person, and he think he owes you; do everything for a person, and he thinks you owe him.”
- Sound – had to feature the sound of cicadas whirring.
- Narrative – the action had to take place during the hottest summer on record.
I came up with this story many years ago, fascinated by two ideas: pretending to be telling a story while having something completely different in mind and
the myth of the life flashing in front of the eyes of someone who is drowning.
I had the story clear in my mind but I never did anything with it, that is until I read the Sarah Awards rules and I knew immediately that they provided the perfect constraint within which to tell my story. This is how Drowning came to be.