24hrFFC 13: The Bite

Posted: 16 March 2013 in 24hrFFC, fast fiction, fiction, writing
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Title: The Bite
Word: sexist
Challenger: Tim Minchin
Length: 200 words exactly

“But it can only be divided up so many ways,” the gang leader told the others, repeating the words for the fourth time.

Five of the others looked at their leader, at the floor, at the ceiling, at the walls. Anywhere, frankly, but at the single woman among them, who radiated anger as if it was a physical force. Seven members of the gang, plus the fence. She was entitled, she felt, to an equal share, one eighth of the split, not what she’d been allocated: ten per cent. He repeated that she’d only been the driver. But he fooled no-one, and in all honesty, hadn’t intended to – he saw nothing wrong in her receiving less, a sexist attitude affecting her bite of the pie, just as much as her non-criminal contemporaries’ salary differentials.

Yet money was piled on the table… the guns they’d used in the robbery were conveniently close…


When the police finally forced open the warehouse door, and discovered the bodies, the single word on the wall should have explained everything. That it didn’t, might not have been because the constable, the sergeant, the inspector, the chief inspector and the superintendent were all male…

© Lee Barnett, 2013

This is the thirteenth story in The Twenty-Four Hour Fast Fiction Challenge. There will be eleven more stories… Sponsor me to complete them!

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