So, my story “Death Comes with Jeff” won the Write Fight.
Yay me . . . well, yeah, but that “yay” is tempered by the fact that there were only 3 entries and only 2 votes. Some of the feedback was spot-on, the ending does feel a bit like a cheat, so I’ve got a proposition for you (and you and you . . . you know who you are):
Here is the story, “Death Comes with Jeff”. I would love to see how other people might it, keeping within the same word count that I was constrained by. So the challenge is to keep the story exactly the same up to the “* * *” and then, using 275 words–oh, heck, make it an even 300–rewrite the ending in any way you would like. Send it back to me and I’ll post it here.