I was musing over the small number of short stories I've managed to complete in the last few years, and it occurred to me that a high proportion of them have some kind of twist towards the end. Let me name a few examples:
The Redemption of Buikhu: Set in prehistoric Egypt circa 4000 BC, this stars a boy whose tribe disowns him for losing his family's cattle while accidentally getting the chief's son killed. Another tribe adopts him and treats him with respect. The big twist is that the second tribe is the one who stole the boy's cattle in the first place, thus bearing responsibility for his misery in the first place, so he runs back to his original tribe and joins them in a battle with the second tribe.
Themba and the Healing Gem: More fantasy in nature, this stars a Conan-type warrior with a violent past named Themba who has an old shaman lead him to a magic gem. The shaman tells Themba that the gem will bring a man he murdered back to life, but the big twist is that the shaman really wants the gem for his own nefarious purposes and merely used Themba to slay its Velociraptor guardians.
Fighting for Food: A human warrior enlists as a mercenary in the service of elves to suppress rebellious orcs. The big twist is that he realizes the elves are the real bad guys in the conflict and reverses his loyalties against them.
The Final Test: A troop of huntresses-in-training must kill a Triceratops as a graduation rite, but their internal bickering makes their first attack fail and so they have to start all over again. The big twist is that when they hunt for the Triceratops the second time, a T. Rex kills it, so they choose to cooperatively take down the T. Rex instead and earn themselves even greater honor in the end.
Does anyone else really like to have major twists in their stories?