I've been working on revising a short short story, an experimental piece I've been required to cut from about 1,165 words to 1,000, to stay under the maximum word limit. It's been an unsatisfying 995. It's been 1,oo1. It's been 1,034, and 1,056. But, it has gotten stronger with each re-read. I've recombined dialogue into more meaningful units; dropped the unnecessary line, so the odd dialogue flows more naturally from the mouth of each of two characters, with the mystery and charisma of a play, and the added bonus of minimal narrative, characterizing for the reader how the speaker would say it, cluing them to the story's backstory and the speaker's motivation. I've improved the ending.
If it were to become a longer short story, I would pick back up a thread or two I chose to delete. I don't ordinarily like writing to length. I believe a story is the number of words required to tell it. However, this little story has benefited from a tighter focus.
It is a complete scene; but it is not a complete short story. In order to write it, I've had to research cerebral palsy, it's prevalence in twins, what spastic bilateral CP means, types of leg braces, and horse therapy. It all started with the words: Rita gainsaid walking... (I don't know why. There's more to the line, and the opening line keeps changing as I tweak it.) The story is still evolving. It will always be a short, and never a novel. I started it about a year ago, revised it once and abandoned it as an interesting kernel, and now, I'm polishing its potential for Glimmer Train's new category: Best Start, planning to gamble my $10.00 for the possibility of recognition.