What Are ficlets?Check out my first attempt. Beware, I've read a lot of Stephen King...
A ficlet is a short story that enables you to collaborate with the world.
Once you’ve written and shared your ficlet, any other user can pick up the narrative thread by adding a prequel or sequel. In this manner, you may know where the story begins, but you’ll never guess where (or even if!) it ends.
UPDATE (01/31/08): I've written a second one: http://ficlets.com/stories/19745. Short stories are fun when you have a limit of 1024 words!