NYC Midnight Round 1: 100-Word Micro-fiction Challenge 2021
Parameters: Genre: Historical Fiction ~ Action: Bidding on an item at an auction ~ Word: Strong [or a form of the word]
I’d been called an ugly nag and his was the only bid, so when the auctioneer cried, "Sold," waves of laughter rippled through the crowd.
I flinched when he patted my rump. Then again, as he shouted to be heard over the terrified screams of horses being poked and prodded, "She's no beaut; but she's spirited and of strong hindquarter."
Money changed hands and he smiled broadly as he caressed my neck, then proudly led me away.
I settled in quickly, nickering and nuzzling sugar cubes from children's fingers—my new name: Brown Beauty. Unremarkable—until that fated midnight ride.
By Lisa H. Owens
NYCMidnight presents its 100-word Micro-fiction Challenge 2021
Round-1: 6,932 entries divided into 110 groups
Each group is assigned a Genre, Action and Word
Top-fifteen from each group will move on to Round-2
Group-33: Historical Fiction - Bidding on an item at an auction - Strong