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Fast Fiction Challenge 2008: The Sound of Silence #2
No, you're not seeing things; yes, the previous story was also entitled The Sound of Silence.

Thing is, Dan Curtis Johnson gave me an added challenge when he raised this one:
Added challenge: More than 50%, but less than 100%, of the story must be spoken dialogue.
When I came to write it, the story I wrote worked so well for the title that I figured Dan would forgive me not answering the added challenge.

He didn't.

Hence, the following...



Title: The Sound of Silence
Word: shout
Challenger: crisper
Length: 200 words exactly
“I’m genuinely sorry,” the fat balding man said, with well practiced but fake sincerity. “However, with the lack of collateral you can offer, the financial credit audit committee simply won’t allow me to extend you any...”

He got no further before the younger man stood up. “You don’t understand!” he started, wondering how he could rectify this. “We’re not just talking about a radio station but a community. You’ve seen our audience numbers! This isn’t my job – it’s my life!” His voice rose to a shout and he cut himself short, breathing hard.

The banker opened his mouth, but the customer continued, quieter. “Yes, I know our advertising revenues could be better, but at least they’re not dropping. Please – I just need another six months.” He saw the look of obvious incredulity and quickly amended his words. “Three months. Three months; that’s all we’re asking. Look, we’re surely not the only people who are having a rough time right now.”

“No, you’re not,” the banker said quietly, “that’s why I have to protect the bank,” and leaned over the detailed paperwork, writing.

The sound of silence? The softness of a pen scrawling the word DENIED on a loan extension application...


© Lee Barnett, 2008

This is part of the 2008 Fast Fiction Challenge. New challenges can be made here.

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crisper From: crisper Date: February 6th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Bravo, sir!
dewline From: dewline Date: February 6th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Too, too believable...
budgie_uk From: budgie_uk Date: February 6th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is truth in fiction...
glowering From: glowering Date: February 7th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. I thought I added you ages ago.
budgie_uk From: budgie_uk Date: February 7th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Apparently not...

Welcome to my place.
glowering From: glowering Date: February 7th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Looks comfy.
budgie_uk From: budgie_uk Date: February 7th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, it has its moments...
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