Eliminating the Competition | ZAPFIC MONDAY (4/29/24) | Prompt: barrel (barril)

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This week for the ZAPFIC Monday challenge, the prompt "barrel" presented the opportunity to provide a flash fiction alternate use of the word as we normally think of a container one places items in, whether liquid or solid.

When I was a teen, I would hear family and others talk about individuals who they didn't care for. My family would always say that others had an advantage over them by being in a certain position. These individuals exerted power merely by allowing or disallowing events to happen that affected my family. They called this power as "a barrel over their head". I didn't quite understand until I was an adult.

I share with you a story in that vein in the format of 240 words of less. This format was created by @felt.buzz.

My story is below:

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Sam met with his Team, Reel-Men, to strategize for the fishing tournament's trophy.

Seething, Allen, the strongest member, yelled, "my boss is friends with our competitor. He's got me over a barrel, and he knows it by changing my schedule."

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Esta semana, para el desafío de los lunes de ZAPFIC, el tema «barril» nos brindó la oportunidad de hacer un uso alternativo de ficción flash de la palabra, tal y como pensamos normalmente en un recipiente en el que se colocan objetos, ya sean líquidos o sólidos.

Cuando era adolescente, oía a mi familia y a otras personas hablar de personas que no les gustaban. Mi familia siempre decía que otros tenían ventaja sobre ellos por estar en una determinada posición. Estos individuos ejercían poder simplemente por permitir o no que sucedieran acontecimientos que afectaban a mi familia. Llamaban a este poder «un barril sobre su cabeza». No lo entendí hasta que fui adulto.

Comparto con ustedes una historia en ese sentido en el formato de 240 palabras o menos. Este formato fue creado por @felt.buzz.

Mi historia está abajo:

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Eliminar a la competencia

Sam se reunió con su equipo, Reel-Men, para trazar una estrategia de cara al trofeo del torneo de pesca.

Hirviente, Allen, el miembro más fuerte, gritó: «mi jefe es amigo de nuestro competidor. Me tiene manía y lo sabe cambiando mi horario».

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I leave here the screenshot evidencing the 240-character limit for my story for ZAPFIC Monday (4/29/24):

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If you'd like to participate, here's the official post:
Si quieres participar, aquí tienes el post oficial:

It's the Last Monday of April! Let's celebrate with #ZapFicMonday! Write me a story in 240 characters or less!

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RULES:
  • Post to the Freewriters Community.

  • Use #freewritehouse and #zapfic tags.

  • Please use a word/character counter (if you search for word counter on the internet or in your phone's app store you will get a big choice!) wordcounter.net and include a screenshot. This makes it easier for you and @feltbuzz!

  • Use the prompt provided as you see fit (use your imagination)

  • You have 3 days (until Thursday 23h59 GMT) to post a Zapfic (a story written in 240 characters or less) using the prompt given.

  • Try to tell a complete story if you can!

  • The story should only be 240 characters long (including spaces)

NORMAS:
  • Postear en la comunidad de Freewriters.

  • Usa las etiquetas #freewritehouse y #zapfic.

  • Por favor, utiliza un contador de palabras/caracteres (¡si buscas contador de palabras en internet o en la tienda de aplicaciones de tu teléfono tendrás una gran selección!) wordcounter.net e incluye una captura de pantalla. Así será más fácil para ti y para @feltbuzz.

  • Utiliza el texto como mejor te parezca (usa tu imaginación).

  • Dispones de 3 días (hasta el jueves a las 23h59 GMT) para publicar un Zapfic (una historia escrita en 240 caracteres o menos) utilizando el tema propuesto.

  • Intenta contar una historia completa si puedes.

  • La historia debe tener sólo 240 caracteres (espacios incluidos).

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Good luck everyone with whatever your endeavors.

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SOURCES:
a) JustClickindiva's Footer created in Canva utilizing its free background and images used with permission from discord admins.
b) Unless otherwise noted, all photos taken by me with my (i) Samsung Galaxy 10" Tablet, (ii) Samsung Phone, & (iii) FUJI FinePix S3380 - 14 Mega Pixels Digital Camera
c) Purple Butterfly part of purchased set of Spiritual Clip Art for my Personal Use
d) All Community logos, banners, page dividers used with permission of Discord Channel admins.
e) Ladies of Hive banner used with permission of and in accordance with the admin's guidelines
f) Thumbnail Image created by me in Canva.
g) "Flames." What is Apophysis 2.09. https://flam3.com/

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English is my native language.
If translation included, I use DeepL to assist my readers.
Thanks for your patience an understanding
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El inglés es mi lengua materna.
Si se incluye traducción, utilizo DeepL para ayudar a mis lectores.
Gracias por su paciencia y comprensión.

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Good work, Ma.
There is sign of hardwork and time sacrifice in your work. Keep on the good work.

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Hello @captainman. Thanks for stopping by. I'm pleased you liked my project. Yes, it takes time to compile the images, then blend them. But I love to design these type projects. Take care and have a good rest of your week.

!LADY

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Nice one! I have not heard of that phrase in hear! Thanks for sharing this information.

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