Two things on my mind

My local newspaper, [The Bucks Herald]( is running a short story competition — and when I say short, I mean _short_. You get the opening line, and then just another 50 words. Now, I had trouble writing drabbles — stories of just 100 words. In those, you have to make every word count; with half that number, it’s probably more important to convey an impression of a story, and let the reader fill in the gaps.

Anyway, my effort is below (with the supplied opening line in bold). There’s a selection of [submitted entries available online](, which shows the great breadth of talent in the county. Good luck to those who enter!

> **There were only two things on my mind that day…** Maybe if I’d been paying more attention…
> I’d just bought the flowers. Had it really been a year since…?
> Two things: Regret. Memories.
> Rushing to the cemetery, dashing across the road… Should have looked both ways.
> Two more things, as the light faded: I love you. We’ll be together soon.

Author: Scott Matthewman

Formerly Online Editor and Digital Project Manager for The Stage, creator of the award-winning The Gay Vote politics blog, now a full-time software developer specialising in Ruby, Objective-C and Swift, as well as a part-time critic for Musical Theatre Review, The Reviews Hub and others.