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Friday Flash – “The Ride”

  Her house was perched on the cusp of the valley as if teetering on the rim of a cup.  She didn’t miss the town or the frenzy of hustling a few coins, but she did miss the sound of another voice.  Not enough to change her mind, but just once in a foggy morning she thought it might be nice to hear a string of sounds that didn’t start with a snort or a hoof pawing the ground.

He said he would be back by morning, leading a group of strays.  He’d taken the roan, the mare with a temper to match her eyes.  But she was the best for long rides.  And it had been a longer ride than expected.

She was still waiting on the brink of this valley after twenty-two years.

Thanks to Madison Woods for providing photo inspiration for today’s 100-word Flash Fiction challenge.  Please visit her site to see more outstanding writing samples of the “Friday Fictioneers”!

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18 thoughts on “Friday Flash – “The Ride”

  1. Very nice! I liked the authentic flavor of this – something I’m not able to write well is straight realism. Thanks for joining us today!

  2. This is the second story of yours that I’ve read, and my reaction is the same as with the first: there is a LOT of story there for just 100 words. Beautifully written – and a perfect companion to the photo prompt!

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