Friday Flash Fiction – “Morning Glory”

  He had farmed for near fifty years, and it seemed the sun was finally setting on all his unplowed acres.  Leaning against a corner post to catch his breath, his eyes swept up to the farmhouse where a speck of cotton dress picked its way across the field.

“Mornin’, Glory.”

“Papa, it’s supper time, not morning.”

“I know that.  But you’re my little morning glory flower, my ray of sunshine.  You want to help me water the horse ‘afore we go in?”

He tugged at one worn leather glove so her tiny hand could rest in the cocoon of his calloused palm.

She had been gone for near fifty years.

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  A college course on Contemporary Multicultural Literature begins with Flash fiction is also known as ‘very very very short stories’. It’s not something new. According to Jerome Stern, the earliest flash fiction appears in the Bible…All those biblical stories tell you events that happen between Jesus and his disciples. They’re short with a didactic message behind. And exactly because of this reason, you remember them very easily.” 

 I wouldn’t claim to have such noble intentions for my own flash fiction, but there are some pieces I’ve come across that I admit to being inspirational- both in the reading and the writing.

  I especially appreciate the professor’s recognition that “despite its short length, writing flash fiction is not any easier than writing a longer piece because you have to demonstrate the skills of condensing drama with a word limit.”

  As writers, we’re used to taking our time to build the suspense and anticipation before the big dramatic moment.  With flash, or micro, fiction there’s no time – or words – to waste.  Our choices must plunge the reader directly into the story and bring them to an immediate state of shock or surprise.

Are you a Drama Queen (or King), and love the surprise of Flash Fiction? 

What is your favorite technique that writers use to immerse you in the story?

Leave a comment below, and link to your own flash fiction if possible.

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Friday Flash – “Clothesline”

frozen pegs

It took a moment for his brain to register what his eyes had already seen.  Icy rivulets announced the first hard freeze.  It was another eight seconds before his pre-coffee mind could grasp the utter stillness outside.  Then the vague memory of sheets hanging there last night, a striped shirt, a worn pant leg that should have been frozen with the gravity-defying icicles.

He walked outside, joints stiff and unwilling as his waking self.  At the bottom step, both gave out.  He stared at the heap of twisted laundry, torn from its pegs.  He groped in the dark blank of his mind for a memory of last night, but came up as cold and still as the woman’s bare foot protruding from the folds.

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Friday Flash – “Panic Attack”

Panic Attack or Anxiety PTSD

She couldn’t get up from the chair any easier than if she had been tied to it.  Fear pressed on her chest and pinned her to the backrest.  What had begun as a faint rushing sound of water had become a roaring in her ears, surely just outside the door.  She pushed a thick tongue over the cracks of her lips.

It was coming.

Gasping now, she forced her eyes to stare at the ordinary items littering the table.  Butter dish.  Keys.  A smear of honey with a dried thumbprint, frozen like an ancient fly in amber.  Eyes screaming, she blinked just once, quickly, but it was there, her fear.  And what shape it would take when it stepped from the train was anyone’s guess.

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Friday Flash Fiction is a recurring event among the Friday Fictioneers.  Check these regular contributors for more tastes of writing talent:

Join the group on Twitter – #FridayFictioneers or sample other word-limit lovers at #100words and #FlashFiction