100-word fiction: ‘Breaking News’

He’s dead.

On a business trip and just out of the shower, a dark haired man stopped drying himself. A newsreader squinted into the autocue and stumbled over some words. At a music festival, a hungover girl sat up quickly and poked her head out of her tent. In his bedroom, a teenage boy doing homework at his computer altered what he was searching for on the internet. A man turned to the screen on the back wall of the pub and took another sip. On a five-a-side pitch, one of the lads pulled out of a tackle.

He’s dead.

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Author: MW Bewick

Writer of poetry and place; editor and journalist. Co-founder of Dunlin Press. 'Scarecrow', a debut collection of poetry is available now from http://dunlinpress.bigcartel.com

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