#FlashFiction Writing Prompt: Expenses

A long time ago, a bit after dinosaurs ruled the Earth, but long before Google, I was getting used to having an email account, and people were starting to send spam. In those days not all spam was rubbish – for example, one email was a list of alternative answers to “Why did the chicken cross the road?” (Timothy Leary – Because it was the only trip the establishment would let it take). These days, you can google such things and find long lists of answers… I’m carefully not putting a link here.

What has this to do with expenses? Or flash fiction prompts? Well, one of the emails that filled up my inbox, back in the day, was a very clever ‘insurance claim’ which explained how certain injuries were received on the job. (I wish I still had that original). But it occurred to me that it might be quite fun to write something in a similar vein. So: what’s the explanation for the unusual expense claim that’s just hit the Finance Department? Your claim can relate to something pre-Covid, or slap bang in the middle, but needs to be just that little bit…odd. An extra screen for the computer because you’re working at home isn’t what we’re looking for. Similarly, a rock star demanding a bowl of purple skittles only is a bit passe.


Usual rules: keep it clean (which is to say, nothing NSFW)
Word count: 400-1000 words(ish).
Deadline: 8am GMT on Sunday 8th August 2021

Don’t forget, if you miss the deadline, you can always post your story to our #TortoiseFlashFiction page.

A reminder to new readers/writers, please post on your own site and add a link in the comments section below.  If you don’t have your own blog or similar outlet, do send us your story via the contact form on the About page and we’ll post for you, with an appropriate by-line – you retain the copyright.

One caveat, if you want to go down this route: this is a family show, so we reserve the right not to post anything that strays into NSFW or offends against ‘common decency’.

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