Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: The Story

wpid-photo-20151019153422897“And her body will forever rests in the middle of the desert.” She said while studying her grandchildren’s jaw-dropping faces with joy.

“Why doesn’t the story have a happy ending, grandma?” Sophie asked.

“Sophie dear, life doesn’t always have happy endings.” She smiled and got up. “Alright, children, time for bed.” The children groaned but obeyed. “Good night,” she said as she turned off the lights and shut the door.

Outside the door, she sighed and felt the small piece of metal dangling from her necklace. How many times must I tell that story? She wondered as she perused the corridor. It’s the only story you got. Don’t you think I know that?

For days, weeks, and even months, her body lay there on the scorching ground, dead, yet she wasn’t decomposing nor did any predators prey on her. One day, out of nowhere, a new leaf sprouted from the ground, and then came another and another. Even a butterfly showed up and just like a miracle, her eyes sprang open and she was reborn.

(~175 Words)

I am participating in Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writer, where we write a piece between 100 and 150 words (more or less 25 words) in length inspired by the photo prompt above.

17 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: The Story

  1. Wait, wait, so she was reborn but recounts the story as if her body remains in the middle of the desert? Or did her old self stay in the desert while her new self moved on to have grandchildren who aren’t ready yet to hear about “the woman being reborn”? There are so many possibilities with this

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    • I think she left that part out so she wouldn’t freak out her grandchildren but I can imagine her telling them when they’re older or they might find out. Essentially though, she did miraculously woke up from death. I guess there is such thing as a miracle.

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  2. So what was the medal hanging on her necklace, was this a religious medal in honor of her becoming a miracle? Does she say life does not always have a happy ending because although she was reborn she would have rathered remain dead, among the beauty and peace of the afterlife??? And who is she talking to as she perused down the corridor, her old self? So many questions…excellent story Yinglan!!

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    • The metal that hung around her neck was the shrapnel from the bullet that killed her. I’m not sure how she had found it. I haven’t worked out that part yet.
      I think she said “life does not always have a happy ending” because one, she wants the children to know that happy ending doesn’t happen often and also, I think she’s seeing her miracle as a curse.
      The answer to your last question is, no one. She wasn’t talking to anyone. Those were mere thoughts that were playing in her head as she cruised the corridor.
      Excellent questions. I wanted to add a question section in the post but I figured, “let the readers ask the questions.” 🙂
      Thank you for reading.

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