An interesting piece of flash fiction that anyone who has ever picked up a baseball bat will enjoy.
“The Rookie” by Kirkus MacGowan
Baseball, fiction, flash fiction
November 13, 2012
4 of 5 stars (very good)
Flash fiction is always tricky to write as a complete story must be told in so few words. Kirkus McGowan does a very good job of doing that in “The Rookie.” The story is short and about the type of situation that anyone who has picked up a bat has played out in his or her dreams.
Bases loaded, two outs, bottom of the ninth inning of game seven of the World Series. The story is told through the eyes of the batter and what he is going to do in this moment with everything on the line. No spoiler here, so I won’t give away the finish. But I will say that if you invest the 10 to 15 minutes it will take to read this piece, you will not be disappointed.
Did I skim?
Did I feel connected to the characters?
Yes. Not only will the reader be drawn into the batter’s feelings and actions, he will also know what the other players on the field are doing as well.
Pace of the story:
Quick. Like most good flash fiction pieces, there are no wasted words here.
The reader won’t know who is really telling the story until the very end. That made the story even better
While I like flash fiction pieces that can tell a complete story, this particular story would be even better as a short story or novella.
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