So I expanded my 127th 512, "Godwin's Law," into a longer story. Banged out an 11,000-word first draft on Wednesday, then cut it down to 9,500 on Thursday and submitted it for my Sunday critique group.
This is one of the sections I excised. I still think it's good, and writing it helped me figure out what was going to happen in the present timeline of the story, but it threw off the pacing of the narrative. Plus it's all laying pipe, and I've already got a lot of pipe in the story.
Maybe I'll use this in another story later; meanwhile, it's the right length to be this week's 512.
Read "Godwin's Backstory" at 512 Words or Fewer