Greetings, short story lovers, and welcome to this week’s prompt.
It’s time for a caper here in the arena. We’re in the mood for a sting. We want ourselves an owl job.
What on earth are we talking about? Heists. There’s something wonderful about heist movies where the team of robbers with hearts of gold use cunning and their wiles to pinch a priceless painting from the evil collector. Of course not all stories about heists are light-hearted romps where the traditional good-guy, bad-guy roles are reversed. Bonnie and Clyde is a great example of heists in a more somber tone. And of course, lest you think that heists are something new in storytelling, there’s Jason and the Argonauts out stealing the Golden Fleece to remind you that the ancient Greeks did everything first.
Our authors’ task this week was to give us a heist. This means that something being stolen must be central to their story. What’s being stolen and how? That’s up to them.
Who will pinch the goods and who will be sent upstate?
Let’s find out!
The Burglary Battle is on!
We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.
And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).