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Rules – 100 words max flash fiction or poetry using the following words – barge, saint, quiz.  Deadline is 9pm UK time on Thursday 31st  May 2012.


By Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw


“I know I’ve not exactly been a saint, but I’m too young to die.”

“Denial… so predictable.  Trust me, Kenneth… this is happening and….”

“Really?  The great deceiver… I’m supposed to trust you?  Please!”

“There appears to be some confusion.  I’m not Satan…”

“Yes…. I know.  You’re Death and we’re on your barge, crossing the River Styx.”

“Kenneth, do you remember…?”

“I’m really not in the mood for a quiz.”

“May I please finish a sentence?  That’s very rude.”

“Oh… somebody’s touchy!  Miss your quota, Reaper-man?”

“You fuck enough corpses, Kenneth… did you not you think you might ‘catch’ something?”


© 2012 – Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw.  All Rights Reserved.

About VeronicaThePajamaThief

Bio: Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw Born in Lisboa, Portugal to parents of Portuguese/Russian descent, Veronica Marie and her wife, Christina Anne, call the Pacific Northwest home, where the couple are “still very much on honeymoon!” When not teaching and finishing her own studies for a Masters in Sociology, Veronica writes fiction, primarily noir - "I love dark!". Her long fascination with noir fiction prompted Veronica to try her own hand at writing fiction several years ago. She has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine, The Lost Children: A Charity Anthology, the horror anthology 100 Horrors, from Cruentus Libri Press, Nightfalls: an End of the World anthology, Drunk On The Moon 2: A Roman Dalton anthology and Gloves Off: Near To the Knuckle's debut anthology. Veronica has also appeared in the inaugural issue of Literary Orphans magazine and her horror/urban fantasy short story SOUL TAKER was recently chosen for inclusion in Lily Childs' february femmes fatales, an urban fantasy/horror anthology. Veronica counts among her mentors - Carole A Parker, Lily Childs, Paul D Brazill, Richard Godwin, Joyce Juzwik and Vicki Abelson. She is currently working on the third draft of her first novel – a memoir – as well the second draft of her first fiction novel, a fantasy novel and the publication of a collection of her flash fiction and short stories. Lily's The Feardom and Vicki Abelson's Women Who Write Facebook writing group have both been a tremendous source of support and inspiration for Veronica. Veronica’s writings can be found at and, and
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  1. Billie Jean says:

    Interesting piece and clever ways of using the words 🙂

    • Thank you, sweetie. I almost didn’t have an entry for this week… I stared at those three words until I made dizzy… nothing was coming to me. Then, almost last minute… ‘dialogue’ popped in my head. That’s what the words were calling out for … dialogue!

      Thanks for stopping by and reading my little piece. 🙂

  2. cherylmoore says:

    An enjoyable and funny piece of flash fiction!

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