Ernest Hemingway penned what must be one of the shortest pieces of micro-flash fiction ever. It is also one of the most evocative. It consists of just six words - "For sale: baby shoes, never worn."
Surely most readers will imagine a small personal tragedy behind this brief announcement. A young couple, happily awaiting the blessed event, their dreams shattered when fate intervenes in the form of a miscarriage. Or, perhaps the mother to be, pressured by outside forces, undergoes an abortion. Or the paternal grandparents convince her to give the baby up for adoption. The possibilities are seemingly endless.
So here is the challenge: write a short piece of no more than 500 words, filling in the back story of the baby shoes. Don't forget to tag it "open call" and "back story".
I'll publish my response tomorrow.