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31 May, 2012

As discussed in previous posts,  I have been away for a few days and therefore not been working on the Daily Fiction Challenge. The ten-hour coach journey each way was worth it, and a blog will follow soon. But for now, here is the one idea I had time to have, which would have been posted on day 29 if I had managed to write it then.


All six had arrived for work, but not one of them was working. Instead, they were gathered around Kevin’s desk, passing the ticket from one excited, disbelieving hand to another. The adrenalin caused their conversation to overlap.

“Five numbers and the bonus is worth two hundred and forty eight grand, I phoned the lottery straight after the draw.”

“Over forty thousand each then, not bad for matching a few numbers.”

“If we’d got all six main numbers, it would have been eighteen million!”

“If that 14 had been a 15, that was all we would have needed.”


The 14, and the whole winning line, had been Fiona’s. She did not tell the others of her change of mind the day before when choosing the numbers, of her decision to switch from 15 when she saw it had been chosen in the line above. At home that night, she had told Ian about the change. “You should always go with your first thought,” he had said, “How will you feel if it comes up?”

She kept this conversation to herself, as she did with his laughing suggestion that she should buy a ticket for herself with her original numbers.

Neither did she share the fact that she had taken his advice, and she wouldn’t be sharing the jackpot with them either. That was just for her and Ian.

  1. TheOthers1 permalink

    Interesting. Keeping a few things to herself then. Nice story.

    • Thanks. Was worried it seemed a bit short, but it told everything it needed to so why pad it out?

      • TheOthers1 permalink

        I believe there’s a lot to be said for brevity. You told the story and that’s what matters.

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