This week’s writing prompt courtesy of Carrot Ranch’s – Flash 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
22nd September 2019 at 9:36 am
Just seeing the word—bungee—ties my guts in knots. Good one!
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 😉
22nd September 2019 at 2:00 pm
I’m glad the bungee cord stretched. Great Flash!
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!
23rd September 2019 at 9:27 pm
Thank goodness for the bungee cord! My heart was in my mouth! Great flash fic! 🙂
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!????