Final tally (55-word fiction)
By Maija "DiamonDie" Haavisto
"A clock radio? Is that it?"
Peter smiled and patted my back.
"I'm sorry, ma'am, but to qualify for a toaster you would have needed 20 points more."
The crowd applauded. I shed a quiet tear thinking about the plasma TV.
"Better luck next time!" Peter said upbeatly as he opened the gate for me.
Maija "DiamonDie" Haavisto