Welcome to 81words

How short is a story?

The challenge is to write a complete story in exactly 81 words.
You can see how other people have done and rank their stories. Can you do better?

Why 81? It’s just long enough to allow for a story to develop but short enough to mean every single word needs thoughtful weighing. Mostly though it’s just a nice number, ask a mathematician.

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There’s a Bruce Lee lookalike guarding the door: a wiry little fucker with pudding bowl hair.
Jack watches him work the nunchucks. Dizzying, hypnotic.
“Leave now,” Jack warns. “Before I hurt you.”
Little guy smirks. Crouches down, arms out, eyes closed.
“Seriously?” Jack says.
Jack’s got a plan: kick the little bastard in the nuts. Guy’s quick though. Lightning quick. Jack gets a face full of nunchucks.
“Last chance,” Jack drools, staring up at the cracked ceiling, before everything goes black.

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