“It has to be done. We can’t just leave her there.”
“You’re the one who wanted to hide her behind the wall in the first place.”
“That was a long time ago. I was afraid. She didn’t know the difference once she was dead anyway.”
“Yeah, but now…it’s, like, decayed back there.”
“Maybe there’s nothing but dust now. Either way, the house comes down tomorrow. It isn’t right to let a stranger find her.”
With a gulp and eyes squeezed shut, the box was removed. The siblings stared down at the stickers and childish writing covering the lid.
Flash fiction is taking the world by storm, and everyone seems to have their favorite dazzling name for these word-limit wonders. Pamelyn Casto, in her article Flashes On The Meridian, states that “other names for it include short-short stories, sudden, postcard, minute, furious, fast, quick, skinny, and micro fiction. In France such works are called nouvelles. In China this type of writing has several interesting names: little short story, pocket-size story, minute-long story, palm-sized story, and my personal favorite, the smoke-long story (just long enough to read while smoking a cigarette). What’s in a name? That which we call flash fiction, by any other name would read as bright.” I like the idea of some of these names even better than “flash”.
What are your favorite monikers for this up-and-coming genre?
Could you invent one of your own?