Twelve Days of Fast Fiction, Day 08: FINGERS ON THE WINDOWPANE

Posted: 20 December 2013 in 12DaysFF, fast fiction, fiction, writing
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Leah Moore is a comic book writer of great skill; usually writing with her co-author, John Reppion, she has an envious gift for scene setting and storytelling. She’s also lovely, funny, sweet and I don’t see her nearly enough in person.

Leah Moore has a different mobile phone for every day of the week.

Title: Fingers on the Windowpane
Word: selcouth
Challenger: Leah Moore
Length: 200 words exactly

The man in the street thrust cold hands into only slightly warmer pockets. The day after was always depressing, but it was as much his duty as his previous exertions had been. Thinner than he had been, freshly shaved, he was so very tired and looked forward to a long, deserved, sleep.

A movement to his left caught his attention. Curious, he watched a dark shadow behind the condensation laden glass of a coffee shop resolve itself into a small circle which smeared and then removed the water; a child’s face looking out.

The girl, maybe four years’ old, blinked in surprise at the scene revealed to her; her arm wiped swathes of condensation away in order to see more.

Their eyes met, and the man almost cried out at the excitement he saw there, the novelty of something ‘new’, pure enjoyment of a selcouth moment, milking the instant for all it was worth. Then she was gone, her mother pulling her away, scolding her for soaking her sleeve, ignored by the child whose excited attention was on a new toy in front of her.

Now Santa smiled; once again it had been worth it.

And then he was gone.

© Lee Barnett, 2013

This story is part of The Twelve Days of Fast Fiction (More information on the Twelve Days here)
Day 01: The Misanthropic Principle – challenger: Jamais Cascio
Day 02: Robot Ghosts of Apocalypse – challenger: Cherie Priest
Day 03: Every Word Is Wrong – challenger: Si Spurrier
Day 04: The Train Didn’t Come – Challenger: Emma Vieceli
Day 05: Living Happily Ever After – Challenger: Neil Gaiman
Day 06: Embargoed Until Midnight – Challenger: Corrie Corfield
Day 07: He’s Making A List – Challenger: Mitch Benn
Day 09: Santa Abduction Narratives Recalled – Challenger: Paul Cornell
Day 10: Copula Numb – Challenger: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Day 11: It Lived Under Monday – Challenger: Sarah Pinborough
Day 12: Batman Sure Likes Tea – Challenger: Tiernan Douieb

Edit to add: An ebook of all twelve stories is available for $0.99. Click here for details.


“There are two hundred stories collected in this volume. They are funny, they are thoughtful, they are romantic, they are frightening. To me, though, they are more than entertaining. They are inspiring.” – Wil Wheaton, from his introduction to volume 2 of The Fast Fiction Challenge

Two volumes of The Fast Fiction Challenge, containing 180 stories in Volume 1 and a further 200 stories in Volume 2, for £3.00 each, are available in ebook format from the author; email for details.

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