Short story: “One Eight Hundred”
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“One Eight Hundred,” by Mark Leahy
Appeared in Wigleaf, September 27th, 2015
Stories that are essentially jokes don’t always work. This one sounds like a standup bit, but it works, I think, because the narrator makes it personal and because the approach is somewhat grim and quiet (“planning four hundred final moments”). The last sentence does have a punchline feel, though, that would be mitigated if this were a part of something slightly larger.