Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: Red Rock Hiking


“Are we there yet?” Sandy whined as she trudged along the rocky path. 

Her boyfriend, Troy, rolled his eyes. “I thought you’re a hiking enthusiast. If you can’t manage a five-mile hike, then you’re not a hiker.” Sandy stared at him as sweat flooded down her eyelids. Five miles? Are you kidding? Two miles, that’s a hike. Five miles, that’s torture. “Patient, we’re almost there.”

Gathering all her strength, Sandy climbed onto the rock. What a fraud, she thought. He didn’t write about how he’s nothing but muscles, how he’s a fitness fanatic, how he doesn’t eat anything but protein shakes. Pffts, what a fraud. So many bad thoughts were zooming around Sandy’s head that she didn’t notice Troy had stopped walking. “Now isn’t this a gorgeous view?” He asked, spreading his arms wide.

Sandy nodded with skepticism and walked toward the ledge, slowly breathing in the burning 99-degree heat while taking in the red rock scenery. Hmm, if it’s not so damn hot, I can like this 5-mile hike and this wonderful scenery.

(~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. 

14 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: Red Rock Hiking

  1. Poor Sandy, didn’t know what she was getting herself in for. If she doesn’t hike very often she should have asked how far the hike was before she agreed to go. Reading it, I was afraid it was going to turn out tragic when I came to the part where she walked toward the ledge…..I didn’t want her to be a push over! I was happy with just her disgruntled opinion. Great story. 🙂

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