When the Shoe is on the Other Hoof | Microfiction

Horse running illustration - "When the Shoe is on the Other Hoof" microfiction

The horses neigh and whinny furiously, wielding their betting slips between their teeth as they stare at the television screen.

“Go on, you can do it!”

“That’s it, you beauty! Faster. Go faster!”

“Kick. Kick, dammit. Buck like your life depends on it!”

The first jockey flies from the back of his horse and brays go up amongst the gamblers.

“Shit, I don’t believe it!”

“This can’t be happening – I had 50 big ones at stake!”

“Yes! I’ve won – I’ve fucking won!”

The race has only just started but as far as these punters are concerned, it’s all over. The first horse to buck it’s rider is always the winner.

The fortunate stallion who backed the winning mount approaches the counter to collect his prize.

He smacks his lips as his loot is stacked up before him – 2500 sugar cubes. “Beautiful. I’d better get my dentist on speed dial.”

Stories that Sing

I write one new story each week inspired by a random song from my Spotify library. This week it was “Off To The Races” by Lana Del Rey.

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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. She has published two short story collections - 'Merry Bloody Christmas' and 'Come What May Day'. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize Short Story Competition. She can often be found loitering on Twitter (@itsemscott), Instagram (@tinysillystories) and Medium (@elliemaryscott).

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