This piece of flash fiction was part of a challenge to write a story/scene that was not related to Christmas, but included at least six of the Christmassy words from this list e.g. holly, gift, sleigh, jingle, merry, reindeer, snowman, cheer, carol, elf, ornament. Try it yourself and share your attempt with me! Neither use nor ornament “You’re neither use nor ornament” Mrs Byrne declares as… Continue reading Neither use nor ornament
I listened from downstairs as she packed. She’d break everything she owned if she wasn’t careful. I didn’t help as she dragged the over-stuffed bag down each step. I’d learned that offering only made her more angry, dragged the performance out a bit longer. “I love you, please don’t go like this.” It slipped out… Continue reading Love/Hate – 99 word flash fiction
The phone rings. The voice on the other end say “we need you again”, then hangs up. I want to pretend I didn’t hear her, go back in time and not answer the call. Who am I kidding? There are no choices here, not for me anyway. I’m the main attraction. My popularity is to… Continue reading The Call
Red and yellow and pink and green, orange and purple and blue. I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow of bruises. The door slams; what colour next?
“And the award goes to Tony Carmichael for his portrayal of ….” Fuck. The painfully applied smile dies, and the painfully thin blonde on her knees under the table assisting in the smile making sees her instrument wilt. Rapturous applause explodes, chairs scrape in their haste to be pushed back and a blonde head bangs… Continue reading “And the award goes to…” 99 word flash fiction
The view is intoxicating, as views high up tend to be. I could look at it for hours. But I don’t have hours; time waits for no man. A modest pang of regret twists low in my gut; if only I had climbed the fire escape stairs earlier in my lease. Cigarette butts litter the… Continue reading Bird’s eye view
Waves of nausea washed over me with every spin, my over-priced unappetising lunch threatening to make a re-appearance with the rise and fall of the rotating floor. My firmly plastered on smile told a different story, as I braved the experience for the thoroughly enchanted toddler beside me in the teacup. I fixed my line… Continue reading Avoidance in a teacup -flash fiction