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Thursday, June 18, 2009

My Version of Flash Fiction

Hi Everyone!

I was chatting with Amy to other day, and she wondered what flash fiction was. Flash fiction is a quick story usually involving one main character. It usually is at least 500 words, but less than 1000 words. This my interpretation of flash fiction. Be kind, I whipped this up this morning.

(image from: http://traxus4420.wordpress.com/2007/10/11/language-as-concealment/)


The Stranger

I could feel someone....someone I didn't know....a stranger. That creepy feeling of being watched. I peeked over my shoulder, no one was there. But the feeling persisted, there....what is that...a shadow! I could feel the stalker, slowly making his way toward me, but still I couldn't catch a glimpse of who it could be. I was starting to get frightened. My nerves were jangling, screaming to run, move, go now! But it was like the world had stopped, my feet glued to the ground. Finally, my feet began to move, I could pull myself away toward the shadows where I would be hidden from the unknown.

As I watched from the darkness, I scanned the crowd surrounding me. Watching for the stranger, the unknown thing that would be looking for me. I thought I was safe here, hidden in the shadows. Still no one appeared. It's my imagination my brain is telling me. I feel foolish, giving into my bizarre fears. There's nothing to be afraid of...and yet I could still feel a watchful presence.

I sneak away from the shadows, trying to blend into the crowd, heading for the safety of home as quick as I can. My hands are shaking, my heart is pounding in my chest, my breathing labored as I hurry, almost running. It's silly, but I'm sure there's someone near. A hand touches my shoulder, I whimper, peeking around at no one. Someone touches me again, this time firmer, moving to the edge of the crowd that is bustling around me. No one else seems to notice.

My mind is racing, trying to figure out what's going on. I want to scream, but I didn't think anyone would hear me. I glance around, and people are starting to move away from me. I don't want to be alone, something is out there, something is coming for me. I try once again to cover my body with the humanity of the crowd. Another brush upon my shoulder.

I turn to face my stalker, trying to pick him out of the crowd, paranoia screaming through my body. I see no one, but I feel something, something fanning down my back. I turn in a circle, still no one appears. Fingers brushing my face, caressing my skin. I feel myself slipping, my heart pounding out a staccato beat. Suddenly, arms surround me, lifting me, keeping me upright. Pulling me back to the shadows that I thought were my friends.

Lips on mine, demanding a response. My body is a traitor, responding frantically to the kiss, seeming to know my unknown lover. Seeking to deepen and return the unknown desire. Hands moving over and around me, swirling with a need. I respond to that need with one of my own. I open my eyes to see my heart's one desire, the lover who visits my dreams. Only, I'm not dreaming and still he's here, brought to life.

I pulled his head down to my lips, my hands sliding through his silken locks, drinking deeply, as a groan starts down low in the core of my being, slipping up past my lips and into his. The response is immediate with a growl of his own, his body pushing against mine with need. His mouth on mine, sipping sweetly at my lips. Demanding and giving, and suddenly gone. The stranger has left me alone and bereaved. Quivering with desire to be unquenched. Name unknown, reality again.


Flash fiction needs to tell a complete story with a beginning, middle, and ending. It expresses everything any short story should, but with a limited word count and for one character. I've only tried this a few times, but it's fun.

10 comments:

Michelle G said...

Dottie,

Very nice. I have never heard of flash fiction and until today, had not read any. :)

I may have to try this myself. :)

M

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Michelle!

I've seen it on different writer's sites, sometimes offered as contests.

It fun, easy, and fast.

Dottie :)

Amy C said...

Dottie, Dottie, DOTTIE!! That was way cool!! I did something kind similar once, but it was only like 160 words, using a picture. Nowhere near was it like that though. I really liked that. I imagine I could have kept going but it was supposed to be under 200 words.

I would love to do something like this. Maybe once in a while you could post a picture or something. Maybe Lea would like to do something like that too. And Cecile :). Anyone! Maybe even collaborate something small together.

Thank you so much for sharing that!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Amy!

I had never heard of any of this until I started blogging and hanging out on writers spaces. From what I understand, under 500 words is called micro fiction. I've done some of that too. Isn't it fun!! I love it. You should seriously check out The Deadline Dames at the beginning of July and enter their contest, it's a quick little story following the picture prompt. Only 250 words.

I'm all for picture prompt writing, I'm seriously loving it. I don't mind hosting, we'll just have to come up with a time and keep it going until we think it's done.

I added to the story over at Cecile's, lol, I don't know.... he, he, he

Dottie :)

Cecile said...

Girl girl girl... that was an awesome story!! I loved it! I will have to check into these things... You are a very good writer Dottie!!! I really enjoyed this short story!

Thanks for adding to my story!! You made it all the more interesting!!!

Hope you have a great weekend!!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Cecile!

We ladies have sure been having fun playing on our blog! Well, monopolizing your blog! LOL!

Having lots of fun!

Glad you enjoyed it, just playing with it.

Dottie :)

Blodeuedd said...

Never heard about it, but sounds fun. Though I need 50 pages to even get into a story, lol...that is writing myself

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Blodeuedd!

I definitely write 50 pages just to get into the story, lol! Once I get an idea like this, I always wonder what would happen if I let the idea grow. But then it wouldn't be flash fiction anymore!

I just like to do it to play around with writing. It's fun!

Dottie :)

Mandi said...

I have never heard of flash fiction either. Very cool Dottie!!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Mandi!

Truthfully neither had I, until I started to check out writer's spaces and checking contests.

I just thinks it's fun to play with and maybe to let it grow once the idea has a start and see how far it will go. Just fun!

Dottie :)

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