Flash Fiction Challenge: 100 Words Only

Posted: March 27, 2015 in Fiction, Flash Fiction Challenge
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This week’s challenge over at terribleminds was to write a story in one hundred words (though, I ended up with a count of 161…sue me). I’ll admit, this was a bit more experimental than I’m used to, so I went out on a limb with “100 Words”:

Conception.

Gestation.

Heartbeats.

Movement.

Birth.

Sights.

Sounds.

Tastes.

“Don’t put that in your mouth!”

More movement.

Words.

A world coming into focus, passing by with glacial slowness.

Family.

Then friends.

School.

Success and failure, in equal measure, shaping affinities for risk-taking.

Infatuation.

Awkwardness.

Fumbling profession…

Rejection.

The cycle repeats until a tender spark is kindled.

First love.

Growth, excitement, adventure.

First love ended.

Emptiness and pain and hopelessness.

Moving on.

Family and friends provide solace, healing.

Making a living, claiming one’s own in a wide world.

The world passes by at lightning’s pace.

Love comes from the unlikeliest of places.

A roaring fire settles into a stable, well-fed hearth-flame.

“I do.”

Love grows and multiplies.

Conception, gestation, then birth.

Seeing yourself in the eyes of something so tiny and fragile.

Growth, worry, and love.

Movement slows, aches set in.

Age makes activity harder.

Pains in the chest, like the blows of a hammer.

Music from nowhere as darkness slips in.

Fín.

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