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Friday Flash – “Change of Plans”

It was not the way she had planned it.  She had imagined the darkened room, the first crimson splash of wine in the glass like blood flames.  The rehearsed words of love, apology.  A regretful smile as she patiently waited for him to finish the drink and lapse into the deepest, most irrevocable sleep of his tiresome life.

The evening ruined, she glanced first at the dwindling sun beyond the trees, then at a pleasingly sharp rock at her feet.

“Looks like we can’t make it back in time for that drink tonight.”

“That’s okay,” she replied.  “This will turn out better after all.”


So what is flash fiction?  WritingHood says the following:

There are many definitions for flash fiction.  Most of the definitions have to do with word length.  The best definition for flash fiction may be, “flash fiction is a significant event with closure.”

That’s it.  Using this definition a writer can write a 100-word story or a 1,000-word story and feel comfortable that the story is flash fiction.  The difficult part is coming up with an idea to write about.  Using the above definition of flash fiction a writer can write about any subject.  The writer can write about love, relationships, family, friends, …men, women or money.  It doesn’t matter as long as the subject matter fits into “a significant event with closure.”

Here are 10 significant events.  You probably can think of lots more.  How the events turns out (closure) is up to the writer.

  1. The beginning of a relationship
  2. The end of a relationship
  3. A birth
  4. A death
  5. A marriage
  6. A divorce
  7. Leaving home for the first time
  8. First love
  9. First job
  10. Any realization

Want more Flash Fiction? Visit these Friday Fictioneers for more 100-word heaven! (If you have a flash fiction piece to share, please leave a link in Comments!) You can also visit the originator of the photo prompts, Madison Woods, or follow the gang on Twitter – #FridayFictioneers.

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16 thoughts on “Friday Flash – “Change of Plans”

  1. Loved that so much it made me laugh out loud when I realized she hadn’t given up when the wine wasn’t going to work. She gets it done!

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