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

MMA Storytime Podcast: Episode 8

Maritza Sanchez will, once again, be stepping into the Combate Americas cage—also known as “La Jaula”—and she returned to the MMA Storytime Podcast to preview what fans can expect on February 28, 2020.

In Sanchez’s pro debut, she, unfortunately, fell a bit short. Between then and her upcoming sophomore showcase, the newly minted professional secured a victory at Fight 2 Win’s grappling competition, attempting to take her opponent’s arm home as a souvenir. 

With her confidence at an all time high, Sanchez, as outlined throughout the podcast, has invested countless hours fine-tuning her skillset for her upcoming foe, Lucero Acosta. Wins in a sport as unpredictable as MMA are nearly impossible to promise, but every trip this young bantamweight makes to the cage—even dating back to her days as an amateur—her aggressive offense speaks louder than any words.

If you were unable to watch the podcast as it streamed live on the MMA Storytime Facebook page, it is available on both YouTube and Podbean.

Episode 8 on YouTube:

Episode 8 on Podbean:

🎙 https://mmastorytime.podbean.com/e/mma-storytime-podcast-episode-8/

Thank you to everyone who participated throughout the podcast, and don’t miss any future interviews, memes, and fictional MMA stories at mmastorytime.com.

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.

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Six-Sentence Story: Championship Rounds

Kenny would always claim: his endurance had no rival. 

Whether sparring on the mats, sprinting around the track, or strength training at the gym, the lungs of Kenny’s teammates would burn and their muscles filled with lactic acid, but Kenny continued like the Energizer Bunny. 

Kenny’s coach wasn’t concerned about his ability to push an unfathomable pace for three, hard fought rounds, though the championship rounds—four and five—were a different ballgame. With a title fight looming on the horizon, the confidence Kenny possessed in his gas tank was second to none.

Coach attempted to instill the difficulty of competing, if necessary, for two rounds more than usual, “Those extra ten minutes, along with the added pressure, aren’t like anything you’ve dealt with before.”

The bell for the fourth sounded, Kenny struggled more than usual for a deep breath, and a bit of concern formed in the back of his mind about how long it would take until he’d be running on fumes.

Prompted from the Six-Sentence Story at: https://girlieontheedge1.wordpress.com/2020/02/16/sundays-six-sentence-story-word-prompt-95/.

Prompted from the Word of the Day Challenge at: https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2020/02/18/track/.

Prompted from Your Daily Word Prompt at: https://allaboutwritingandmore.com/2020/02/18/your-daily-word-prompt-endurance-ydwordprompt-february-18-2020/.

Flash Fiction: A Coach’s Sculpture

Greg walked through the doors of Tiger Claw MMA as a stick figure from the pages of a child’s sketchbook—gangly, awkward, and all the teenager’s features appeared to be growing at a different rate. 

Coach Vee knew right where to start, modeling and chiseling Greg into a highly touted mixed martial arts prospect.

When Greg entered the cage for his pro debut, he resembled a sculpture of skin and sinew. 

Word Count: 71

Prompted from the Weekend Writing Prompt #144 at: https://sammiscribbles.wordpress.com/2020/02/15/weekend-writing-prompt-144-sculpture/.

Prompted from the Word of the Day Challenge at: https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2020/02/17/prospect/.