Clues, Charity, and Cheap Cups

Posted: April 24, 2017 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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The flimsy, lidless cups sat on Table 19. They struck Victoria as cheap. But then, so did the tea.

“I know it’s a charity auction, but couldn’t they have at least put in a little effort?”

“It’s not as if you’re going to actually buy anything,” James retorted. “We’re here to watch the crowd and see who might have bumped off the deceased donor of these items. Not that I can see why anyone would kill the head of a charity.”

Au contraire.” Victoria looked at the podium. “I have my eye on a very particular item.”

“And!” The announcer held up a tattered toy. “Starting at ten pounds, we have this stuffed bear!

Victoria raised her hand – bidding ten pounds.

That?” James asked. “You’re crazy.” He took a sip of tea and made a face. “It’s terrible. You were right.”

“I always am.” Victoria raised her card to bid again.

Word Count: 150

This is for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Thanks to Priceless Joy for running the challenge and Dawn Miller for providing the prompt photo!


  1. Great story! I loved how you turned the story into an auction and a mystery! Loved it!

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  2. The wrong start but the right ending. Good innovative writing.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. A murder mystery as well as a charity auction, nicely done.

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  4. michael1148humphris says:

    Did the bear do it, or perhaps he is the evidence. I always enjoy auctions, loved the story

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  5. athling2001 says:

    Nice story. Easy flow. Made we wonder if the bear held something inside.

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  6. Hmm…why the stuffed bear? What does she know already? Good story.

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  7. Haula Zena says:

    Wow. This is really nice work.

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