“Folks!” the bodyguard announced. “In…”
David Brin — Toujours Voir from The River of Time
I quote only five words from this short story because as a precision short story it is only 250 words long. Quoting 50 words would therefore be quoting a disproportionate amount of the story.
David Brin describes a precision story as “a fable written to very exacting standards.”
This 250 word version is one such fable, something that can also be called flash fiction and also constrained writing. I don’t much care for flash fiction, which sometimes seems pointless, but I do like constrained writing and I might try this version someday.