Short Story Challenge: “Heart”

The first LFS short story challenge was a great deal of fun, so I’m going to do another.  Based on the sentence below, write a story of anywhere between 500-5000 words.  Genre, etc. are wide open. Using the sentence in the story itself is a plus, but not necessary.  Meaningless bonus points are added if it’s the first sentence:

Melissa looked from the gaping wound in her chest to the still-beating heart in her hand, and said, “Fuck.”

Submissions can be emailed to me via emmy @ elepent.com; in deference to the holiday season, the deadline for entries is January 10, 2010.

I look forward to reading your stories!