Flash Fiction: Lights Out

Both of Greg’s eyes had become thin slits, and if they shut completely, the doctor would be forced to stop the fight.

Staggering toward his corner, Greg’s coach acted as his guide dog, steering him the remainder of the way and positioning him on the stool. The doctor’s stare locked on Greg, and the decision to allow the fight to continue or not was a back-and-forth tussle of its own.

The doctor told the referee while exiting the cage, “Neither of those eyes can take any more damage.”

Midway through the round, the tunnel shut on Greg’s vision.

Word Count: 100

Prompted from MMA Storytime’s 100 Word Flash Fiction Challenge at: https://mmastorytime.com/2020/02/20/100-word-flash-fiction-challenge-6/.

100 Word Flash Fiction Challenge #6

Welcome to MMA Storytime’s 100 Word Flash Fiction Challenge! 

Each week, writers who choose to participate will be given a prompt and 100 words. Much like two mixed martial artists meeting in the cage: a minimal ruleset can create endless possibility and wild excitement. 

Prompted words or themes will be posted each Monday, and writers will have until Sunday evening to share their entry. Once you are done, create a pingback—following the inserted instructions (here)—or add a link to your entry in the comments section.

Directions:

Write 100 words.

Use the current week’s word or theme prompt.

Create a pingback or add your link in the comments section.

Tell a fellow blogger!

Prompt Word: Round

One-Liner Wednesday: The Monkey Dance

“Sport is another form of the monkey dance—a form of ritual combat that is equivalent to animal contest.”—From Professor In the Cage by Jonathan Gottschall

Prompted from Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday at: https://lindaghill.com/2020/02/19/one-liner-wednesday-ready-to-write-it-off/comment-page-1/#comment-164802.

Song Lyric Sunday: Ain’t No Sunshine

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, the prompt forced writers in a particular direction, urging them to find a song, in either the title or lyrics, containing one of the words: come, go, leave, or stay. Anderson “The Spider” Silva, a former UFC Champion who electrified audiences with his style, moved in a manner that appeared to come directly from the matrix. Before fans witnessed Silva’s surreal striking and submissions, everyone was well aware of the storm brewing when “Ain’t No Sunshine” by DMX drew the Brazilian native from the shadows backstage and into MMA’s brightest light.

Lyrics to “Ain’t No Sunshine”:

It’s dark and hell is hot

Ain’t no sunshine when it’s on

Only darkness every day

Ain’t no sunshine when it’s on

Cuz when its on, ya niggaz gonna be gone

Every time cuz we don’t play

“Who turned out the lights?”

Is what niggaz be sayin’

Now you don’t wanna fight

But ya niggaz be playin’

Thinkin’ its alright keep playin with that road

And you gonna know the night

When you layin in that cold

Dirt gettin’ tossed in your grave

Now it’s all over

Preacher said “You was brave”

But now it’s all over

You just one of the many, plenty I done gave it to

(*boom*) Ain’t no savin ‘you

No matter how many tears your moms’ cried

Ain’t gon bring your ass back

Plus in hell, you gon fry

Why? But now the only 2 releative questions

Is “Do we bury him or burn? Any suggestions?”

Either way, you up out of here for good

Now when niggaz mention you name

They knockin’ on wood

Did I, get my, point across?

Another body on the shotte

Another joint I toss

[Chorus]

Ain’t no sunshine when it’s on

Only darkness every day

Ain’t no sunshine when it’s on

Cuz when its on, ya niggaz gonna be gone

Every time cuz we don’t play [Repeat 4x]

There ain’t no sunshine

When the Dark Man comes out

And I want mine

So I plan to keep my gun out

We got four 9’s

So niggaz run in and run out

But I bust mine

Cuz I’d like to hear some shots

+Get At Me Dog+ niggaz know how its goin dizzy

When it comes to that flow, I gets busy

Who is he? Dark Man of the unknown

(GRRR ARF) One dog, one bone

Now who ain’t goin home? Looks like you

You hear strike 1, talkin’ shit, strike 2

Won’t be a strike 3, cuz I don’t play fair

I’ma look you in your eye

While he hit you from the rear

Be like “Yeah, holdin’ you up cuz you fallin'”

The Lord ain’t comin’ till niggaz stop callin’

You was ballin’ a minute ago

In it for dough

Till it was “Yo, I swear to God, I didnt know”

[Chorus]

And I know, I know, I know, I know, I know

Whatchu think you gon get

Fuck around with my dough

Just so it ain’t no mistakes, this is my show

One (one) two (two) three (three) here I go

Your shit is quick and your shit is sleek

But this shit is thick and when you hear this shit

Damn right I can finish shit

If you caught that verse without a rewind you can see mine

But you be blind, i’ll do it 360, come up from behind

Tap you on the shoulder, have you turnin’ around

Hit you with somethin’ that i’ll have you burin’ the ground

Be like “Damn ain’t nothin’ left of money, but a pile of ash”

Life is good, so please enjoy it, while it lasts

Cuz you know ain’t got much longer to go

The quicker you go depends the stronger the flow

When niggaz know I don’t give a FUCK, right or wrong

There ain’t no sunshine when it’s on

[Chorus]

Prompted from Song Lyric Sunday at: https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2020/02/15/make-a-choice/.

One-Liner Wednesday: The Iceman

“I was becoming a name, a potential draw, developing a fan base, and doing it all the way I thought it should be done: not by bragging about myself or ripping opponents, but by being a powerful striker who was feared as a fighter.”—Chuck Liddell

Prompted from Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday at: https://lindaghill.com/2020/02/12/one-liner-wednesday-thanks-internet/.

Ten-Sentence Story Challenge #5

Welcome to MMA Storytime’s Ten-Sentence Story Challenge! 

Each week, writers who choose to participate will be given a prompt and ten sentences. Much like two mixed martial artists meeting in the cage: a minimal ruleset can create endless possibility and wild excitement. 

Prompted words or themes will be posted each Monday, and writers will have until Sunday evening to share their entry. Once you are done, create a pingback—following the inserted instructions (here)—or add a link to your entry in the comments section.

Directions:

Write ten sentences.

Use the current week’s word or theme prompt.

Create a pingback or add your link in the comments section.

Tell a fellow blogger!

Prompt Word: Cornerman

Ten-Sentence Story Challenge #4

Welcome to MMA Storytime’s Ten-Sentence Story Challenge! 

Each week, writers who choose to participate will be given a prompt and ten sentences. Much like two mixed martial artists meeting in the cage: a minimal ruleset can create endless possibility and wild excitement. 

Prompted words or themes will be posted each Monday, and writers will have until Sunday evening to share their entry. Once you are done, create a pingback—following the inserted instructions (here)—or add a link to your entry in the comments section.

Directions:

Write ten sentences.

Use the current week’s word or theme prompt.

Create a pingback or add your link in the comments section.

Tell a fellow blogger!

Prompt Word: Cage

Song Lyric Sunday: Mickey

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, the prompt sweet talked writers into locating the word babe, cutie, doll, honey, or sweetie in either the title or somewhere in the lyrics. Words of endearment help personalize a relationship, and the same can be true for MMA fans when a particular fighter uses a walkout song that coincides perfectly with their name, personality, and fighting style. When Mickey Gall, a UFC welterweight, walks out to Toni Basil’s hit “Mickey,” the crowd can’t help but tap their toes. 

Lyrics to “Mickey”:

Oh Mickey, you’re so fine

You’re so fine, you blow my mind, hey Mickey, hey Mickey

Oh Mickey, you’re so fine

You’re so fine, you blow my mind, hey Mickey, hey Mickey

Oh Mickey, you’re so fine

You’re so fine, you blow my mind, hey Mickey, hey Mickey

Oh Mickey, you’re so fine

You’re so fine, you blow my mind, hey Mickey

Hey Mickey

You’ve been around all night and that’s a little long

You think you’ve got the right, but I think you’ve got it wrong

Why can’t you say goodnight? So you can take me home Mickey?

‘Cause when you say you will, it always means you won’t

You’re givin’ me the chills, baby, please, baby don’t

Every night you still leave me alone Mickey

Oh Mickey, what a pity, you don’t understand

You take me by the heart when you take me by the hand

Oh Mickey, you’re so pretty, can’t you understand

It’s guys like you, Mickey

Oh what you do Mickey, do Mickey

Don’t break my heart, Mickey

Hey Mickey

Now when you take me by the hooves, who’s ever gonna know

And every time you move I let a little more show

There’s something you can use, so don’t say no Mickey

So come on and give it to me anyway you can

Anyway you want to do it, I’ll take it like a man

But please baby, please don’t leave me in the damp Mickey

Oh Mickey, what a pity, you don’t understand

You take me by the heart when you take me by the hand

Oh Mickey, you’re so pretty, can’t you understand?

It’s guys like you, Mickey

Oh what you do Mickey, do Mickey

Don’t break my heart, Mickey

Oh Mickey, you’re so fine

You’re so fine, you blow my mind, hey Mickey, hey Mickey

Oh Mickey, you’re so fine

You’re so fine, you blow my mind, hey Mickey, hey Mickey

Oh Mickey, you’re so fine

You’re so fine, you blow my mind, hey Mickey, hey Mickey

Oh Mickey, you’re so fine

You’re so fine, you blow my mind, hey Mickey

Oh Mickey, what a pity, you don’t understand

You take me by the heart when you take me by the hand

Oh Mickey, you’re so pretty, can’t you understand?

It’s guys like you, Mickey

Oh what you do Mickey, do Mickey

Don’t break my heart, Mickey

Oh Mickey, what a pity, you don’t understand

You take me by the heart when you take me by the hand

Oh Mickey, you’re so pretty, can’t you understand?

It’s guys like you, Mickey

Oh what you do Mickey, do Mickey

Don’t break my heart, Mickey

Oh Mickey, what a pity, you don’t understand

You take me by the heart when you take me by the hand

Oh Mickey, you’re so pretty, can’t you understand?

It’s guys like you, Mickey

Oh what you do Mickey, do Mickey

Don’t break my heart, Mickey

Oh Mickey, what a pity, you don’t understand

You take me by the heart when you take me by the hand