But then I realized I needed to do research, and realized that I didn't have time... and also didn't want to go out of my way to research a short story.
Today, I realized that maybe my first nanowrimo attempt in 2000 might have enough salvageable material for a short story. I guess that means I should probably have one more sentence in the first-sentence meme. The first sentence of "Murder Paradox:"
Linda looked down and noticed a hand sticking out from under the tablecloth of a nearby table. She had been eating what was supposed to be a romantic dinner at this quaint restaurant with her fiancé, when she saw what seemed to be the hand of someone lying under an empty table.