First of the Month | Microfiction

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He couldn’t wrap his head around it. It was just a dumb tradition he’d picked up from his parents. It was harmless, really, as long as nobody took it to the extreme.

But she’d come down on him like a tonne of bricks and somehow, he’d ended up in the hospital.

Perhaps she was unfamiliar with the tradition, he thought. Or maybe he’d just caught her unawares.

Either way, there was something to be learned from his predicament. Never give a pinch and a punch for the first of the month to a woman with a black belt in karate.

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Author: Ellie Scott

Ellie Scott is a freelance copywriter and fiction writer from Sheffield, UK. She writes speculative and silly short stories and flash fiction. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize Short Story Competition and published her first book, 'Merry Bloody Christmas: A Short Story Collection'. You can often find her hanging out on Twitter (@itsemscott), Instagram (@tinysillystories) and Medium (@elliemaryscott), or hibernating on her sofa with a book and a very large glass of gin.

4 thoughts on “First of the Month | Microfiction”

    1. Thank you! I always think of pinch and punch when a new month comes around but I think I’m a little too old now to get away with actually pinching and punching people like I did when I was a kid!

  1. There’s a scene in one of James Bond movies where a martial arts foe of his in front of a crowd spends like 5 minutes in showing off his Karate skills. When he’s done and about to attack, James takes out his tiny gun slowly and shoots him on the spot putting it back in the same pocket with a nice smile.

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