The First Chapter of ‘The Incredible Story of Morton William Geebles,’ a Novel

I decided to post the first chapter to a novel I wrote a couple of years ago.  It was for the 'National Novel Writing Month' contest, and I had completed the 50,000 word goal.  This novel will probably never see the light of day, or get developed into anything other than what it is.  However, I may use Morton in something else in the future.

‘The Coin,’ a 69 Word Story

In class, we had an assignment to write a 69 word story. There really isn't much of a requirement to meet, other than to hit 69 words exactly. Of course, as a writer, it's important that a story is conveyed to the reader, but how you do this depends on your style. As for my story, it's my first attempt at the 69 word form, so I would like some feedback from anyone who reads it.