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Flash in the Pan

The ball spiraled through the air. He saw the scoreboard behind it: two seconds. Snatch, tuck, turn. He’d done the drill hundreds of times.

In a few steps, his stride lengthened as he raced toward the goal line. The horn blew ending the game, and the goal post moved into his tunnel vision while the Earth slowed on its axis.

On the one-yard line, he channeled all his energy into a diving leap. In midair, pads and helmets crashed together. He and his assailant rolled before hitting the ground.

The lightning bolt of pain shot through his neck into his shoulder before he realized he’d hit the ground. He had ended his career with a game-saving goal.


Welcome to “Flash in the Pan”

This one goes out to all the NFL fans in the M3 Readers. 117 of the available 125 words in this flash. Tonight’s word isΒ lightning.

Everyone interested in playing along with FTP need only pick one of the featured words, write a flash (staying under or at the maximum number of words for the month), and link back to the post where the word is featured. If you would like to get ahead or catch up, the words are posted on theΒ Flash in the Pan pageΒ where your flashes will be linked.

Flash in the Pan will be a quarterly publication compliments of Redmund Productions. All entries will be published. Deadline for this edition is 30SEP12. Entries must be linked before 2359 EDT (GMT-5). All non-WordPress users need to email their links via Ask Momma.


Are you a football fan? (Yes, American football.) Did you ever play? Have you ever been hurt playing a game (football or other sport)? If you are a fan, tell us your favorite team(s).

Have you stopped by to see all of the talented artists participating in the FTP? This is your personal invitation to join while there is still time!

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  1. Great idea. I plan to pop over and check out the words and what has been written already. Who knows…maybe I’ll even give it a go.
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    • I certainly hope so. With your quick wit, these should be a breeze for you. I look forward to your offerings on this one. *grins*

    • Lorre you are always welcome in my Space and welcome back to M3 too, you’ve been missed πŸ™‚

      Androgoth XXx

  2. Yes Red I have enjoyed your Flash in the Pan, actually I have enjoyed reading your short story too πŸ™‚ lol

    Okay enough of the wickedness, I will take a look at some more of these as I venture into the world of Flash in the Pan, you never know I might even add one sometime, well maybe? πŸ™‚

    Have fun now Red πŸ™‚

    Androgoth XXx

    • I would welcome that, Andro. I enjoy your style and would like to see what you would do with a few of them. I believe you have seen some from the Queen of Creepy (Wendy). With your imagination, you would do very well with this. πŸ˜‰

      • Yes the Queen of Creepy, you should take a look at one of my offerings on that project, noooo not a story or even a wicked poem, no this is just a few pieces of Art that I had a go with, well I say Art. They were just graphics that I had manipulated a little, mind you Wendy’s very own choice is definitely sound, and quite creepy too πŸ™‚

        As for the Flash in the Pan they don’t really suit my way of writing but don’t get me wrong I could easily do some but you know me, always backing out of these ideas but never say never is my motto so I will leave it at that πŸ™‚

        So the idea is to incorporate a word and add it within the script, say fifteen hundred words or so, or is it less? I have no idea of the given format really…

        Hey don’t be GOOD tonight Red πŸ™‚

        Androgoth XXx

        • Now, see, I knew you had this in you. When I first began, I was certain the word limit would drive me insane. As it turns out, most of the ones I have done, I have had to add to them, rather than pare them down!

          And if I am missing an art project at Wendy’s I have to get over there… πŸ˜‰

          • Hi Red,

            I have just added another Flash in the Pan to my Space, just one hundred words this time but I can do any number of words, it is simplistic to me but I have never bothered doing such short stories before, however I have enjoyed doing these two, the last one taking about five minutes to create.

            Luckily I have never had a problem writing about anything, though sometimes a nudge in the right direction does help me to participate and this time I have offered something for you, of course whatever I write it is not imperative that it is used as I have just done these just for fun πŸ™‚

            Have a very nice rest of morning
            Red and be wicked, like me πŸ™‚ lol

            Androgoth XXx

          • I am glad you are enjoying this. It was one of those things for me. It took forever for me to agree to do it, but now that I am, I am truly enjoying it. I think this is your first project with me since A to Z, my dark friend.

          • Yes and look how those spiralled, it was certainly a Flash in the Pan for those as I remember πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ lol

            Have a really nice evening Red πŸ™‚

            Andro XXx

          • ROFL! πŸ˜‰

  3. Owch! πŸ™‚

    Sounds like he went out with a Bang!!!

    I’m not much into sport – we only played soccer and cricket at my school and I was always the goalkeeper! πŸ™

    Love and hugs!

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  4. OUCH!!!! and much sadness, at the hand of fate…
    or is it (the hand of fate)…?

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  5. Is chocolate eating a sport? How about rocketry?
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  6. Was watching football tonight – a favorite sport, but injury is common. I figure since it’s an optional career, athletes know the risk they are taking. The flash was GREAT! I know I keep saying it but when the treadmill stops, I plan to try one!
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    • I have not watched football in so long. I think I have seen two games in the last two years. Sometimes, I miss it. Others, not so much πŸ˜‰ Fans here are odd. That is a story for a whole different post <3 xxx

  7. Men and their sports, when did helmets become common? Sometime after athletic cups I am told.
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  8. So many “coulda been great” players have endured this tragedy. Nick Bouniconti’s(Miami Dolphins) son suffered such and remains an inspiration for all Miamians.

  9. Not a huge footy fan, no – & I don’t even know the difference between American & Aussie Rules footy. Still, when it’s grand final time (now), the atmosphere is good, so I’ve nothing ill to say of it.

    Never been injured in sport, no…
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    • LOL! American football is a different sport than footy, which we call soccer. πŸ˜‰ Cannot say I have not been hurt. Played in the Junior Olympics in volleyball when I was young. I was the baby of the team at 13. Lots of wrists and knees πŸ˜‰

  10. auch!! poor guy. That’s a great flash Red

    No, I don’t like watching football, both American and world football. I love watching basketball more.

    • Football is a take it or leave it sport for most. Glad you liked this. I need an about me for your flash for the book!


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