In response to a Facebook post of mine, John Coulter wrote:
My mum grew up in Thunderbolt country and stories abound. She saw a man come running out of hotel then another man shot him dead from the hotel then the dynamite in the hotel blew up.
This is you challenge, should you care to accept it. How do we turn John's comment into a short story? What do you think actually happened?
To continue the meme, here are two comments.
The man running from the pub knew about the dynamite; the publican shot him in accordance with his published policy of "you must pay before exiting or I will shoot you".
As a small business owner, I sympathise with the publican.
Secondly, (and if I were me, I wouldn't raise this, however...)John's mum hanging about outside pubs is a bit of a worry, except of course if she was pursuing her normal means of gainful employment - which I would always encourage, provided she pays the appropriate GST and abides by all health regulations.
Sorry to be so short; needs several dozen vaguely related pictures to round it out.
Now John's mum is clearly not in that game. But you could meld it into the story. And I have a vision of the shot gun hanging behind the door of kvd's premises. Might be useful, too, in handling the borders - in this case cats and dogs.
So many possibilities.
John's mum masterminded the explosion in revenge for . . . and it was her son who was shot.
John's mum was the publican's wife and was having an affair with the man shot; they'd plotted to blow up the hotel to kill the publican and live off the insurance.
There would need to be scene setting.
The man running out of the hotel was the only person who had done a good turn for the person who planted the dynamite who planned to blow up himself and others.
Again, we need to keep John' mum out of it. But Evan has added to possible threads. Keep the threads, change the name.