Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: Going Home


The village we come from was beyond remote. To reach civilization, we had to journey through various roads, paths, and steps. Our way of life was extremely primitive. We grew our own food on self-cultivated land, bathed in shallow streams, and cooked our meals with self-improvised wooden stoves. Our population had always been the same, nineteen, until it was wiped by a lethal virus.

My sister and I were the only survivors while everyone else died within a day. “Take care of your sister,” our father said with his dying breath, “Find civilization, survive this.”

For three days, we journeyed across rivers and farmlands. That first afternoon, my sister began to cough and by the time night had descended, she had become feverish. “You go on ahead,” she urged.

I shook my head, “No, I’m not leaving you.” I refuse to be the sole survivor.

I carried her on my back and journeyed on. By the time we reached the steps, I was exhausted and that’s when I heard my sister murmur, “I’m going home.”

(~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.ย 

30 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: Going Home

    1. Yes, it’s sure sad. I had an ebbing before I even began writing, the same feeling every time I kill off a character. So I guess you can say this story was in a way written backwards. ๐Ÿ™‚

      It’s her big brother who carried her, by the way, but I can see it going either way.


    1. I agree, it would be such a huge weight on the narrator’s shoulder to carry but at the same time, I think the narrator’s young enough to adapt and maybe forget the culture of his past. Thank you for reading.

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  1. She did what her father asked of her and what she really wanted to do. It’s sad that her sister could not made it home, yet she did go home…. better place and a peaceful one. Beautiful , heartwarming story.

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