Terrible Interlude

22nd September 2019 — 6



Terrible Interlude

22nd September 2019 — 6

This week’s writing prompt courtesy of Carrot Ranch’sFlash Fiction Challenge is to write a 99-word story (no more no less) that embodies an “interlude“. We all have regrets, it’s only in the little interludes that we get to dwell on them.

She’d had enough. For an age she’d stood at the precipice, staring down at the mob below. They’d tried to talk her down, she couldn’t hear them over her beating heart. Deep down, she knew they were there just to see her fall. Hateful people. How had it come to this?

The ground rushed to embrace her. Arms flailing, stomach knotted, time slowed. Her life flashed before her, she had regrets, many, in that terrible interlude. She could see their jeering faces now, bastards, so this was how it would end. She closed her eyes.

The bungee cord stretched.

Cover image courtesy of: Jake Ingle


  • Jane Dougherty

    22nd September 2019 at 9:36 am

    Just seeing the word—bungee—ties my guts in knots. Good one!


    • Chris

      22nd September 2019 at 9:38 am

      You wouldn’t have liked my first pass then. It said “the bungee cord snapped”, and left it ambiguous as to what that might mean 😉


  • Susan Zutautas

    22nd September 2019 at 2:00 pm

    I’m glad the bungee cord stretched. Great Flash!


  • Charli Mills

    22nd September 2019 at 6:29 pm

    The bungee cord serves as an exit, one that leaves us pondering which keeps the story with us. Tense interlude, Chris!


  • Nat

    23rd September 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Thank goodness for the bungee cord! My heart was in my mouth! Great flash fic! 🙂


  • Bhagyashree

    25th September 2019 at 7:00 am

    Amazing! Thank heavens, it was a bungee cord. My heart was in my mouth reading this. Great job!🌸


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