I first saw this over at the LimeBirdWriters site. Fabulous place if you’ve never been. Head there immediately (after reading my post, obviously.) Originally, the prompts are over at Julia’s Place, and last week’s prompt for the 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups was:
…what does it taste like…
Sometimes when writing longer stories, I get bogged down in the process. Writing short Flash Fiction helps refocus my writing and keeps the brain thinking of other things. Yes, I have a brain 🙂
For this challenge you get 100 words plus the number in the prompt, so for this week: 105 words. The words from the prompt have to appear somewhere in your story. I’ve gone for two efforts. I hope you enjoy.
The fire roared. Flames licked up the side of the old oak tree in the garden. A little too close for comfort, but Shelley didn’t care.
‘Burn,’ she shouted out into the night sky. She stoked the fire with an old branch and then poured the contents of another box into the fire. Years of dust sparkled and crackled as the flames devoured the pages leaving nothing but hot ash.
‘What are you burning?’ Karen asked.
‘His books, all handwritten. All the only copies,’ Shelley said. ‘I can taste it.’
‘In the air. Can you?’
‘No. What does it taste like?’
‘Revenge tastes sweet.’
Jack bounced up and down in the sand. His thick mane of blonde hair flowed in the sea-breeze.
‘Let me see,’ he screamed. ‘I want to see.’
Ben rummaged in the hot sand, his back to his younger brother. He picked up shells and seaweed, passing them between his hands before he popped something into his mouth.
‘No,’ Jack said. Eyes wide. ‘What was that?
‘I don’t know.’
‘What does it taste like?’
‘Not true,’ Jack said. His hands grasped in vain at his brother’s arms. ‘I want one.’
Ben hid the packet of sweets and handed Jack a bit of seaweed.
Great challenge. 100 words is a nice length for Flash Fiction. New challenges are revealed every Tuesday over at Julia’s Place. Give it a go.