Tag: 2021-Flash-03

The Act of Falling

The Act of Falling

She is searching for the chocolate cupcake (185×1=185 calories) she swore not to touch till Saturday, ignoring the voice of reason inside herself. Stop living in denial. You’ve got to stop.  A bite. Then one more. Another one. Just one more… Don’t forget your diet schedule. Remember what happened last time? Flashes of a memory: […]

Liberty

Liberty

Mother gave me a little bird for my birthday. It was not a fancy, colored, gorgeous one, neither a big one. It was mostly kind of a street bird, you know, one of those little birds that are here, there and everywhere and that does not have anything flashy in particular. But the bird sang, […]

Number Thirty Six

Number Thirty Six

Simon really didn’t understand what the rush was this morning. The new au pair the agency had sent, was loud and frustratingly annoying. It was increasingly obvious she wanted them all out the door, so she could laze about watching television in their home. Hurriedly, she grabbed coats and backpacks and wound a scarf so […]

Wings of Hope

Wings of Hope

I wake, my dream so real I can almost grasp it. Hold it. Live it. Make it come true. In my dream I had wings. In my dream I flew back in time and lifted Jason from the debris that was his car. I pulled him free and… But it fades into the night and […]

Atoning Angel

Atoning Angel

Bill and Brian barely hid their sniggers when the priest waxed lyrical, only just falling short of calling the deceased a saint. I admit if I’d been there with them I’d have had difficulty hiding my mirth but I wasn’t exactly with them, for I was the deceased, the object of the priest’s glowing eulogy. […]

Fly Away

Fly Away

When my brother asked what I wanted for my sixth birthday, I promptly answered, “Wings!” “Why?” he asked. “I want to fly away!” Later that week he bought me a pair of bumblebee wings that were on clearance from Halloween. For the next two years, I often put on those wings and imagined that I […]

A World in the Sky

A World in the Sky

They were all around me, the flashes of golden-orange and shiny metallic black. I spun in circles as my daytime friends flew around me, dancing and sparkling in the sunlight. The monarchs who had given me my wings when I was only two. My lifelong friends who were with me at every turn, in every […]

Patchwork Butterfly

Patchwork Butterfly

My wings were made of silk. They shimmered in natural glory – thinner than paper, lighter than air. Each evening Mummy would handwash and steam them, enhancing their blinding glow, as Mummy adored my wings. She said they were ‘just like my father’s’ – a man I never knew. She said I had ‘his adamant […]

Sans le Coq Rouge

Sans le Coq Rouge

I dreamed that we were together again, our purple and yellow faces floating in the blue-painted sky. The same violin that played at our wedding was there, still inviting us to dance. That pony you loved, with the huge eyes and fluttery eyelashes, gazed at me in the old way – as if we were […]

The Descent

The Descent

Lily slowly stepped over the dry branches on the dark forest floor, careful not to make too much noise. Her heart was pounding furiously in her chest, and she took a deep rasping breath. She had seen the strange light descend into the tall trees just minutes ago, so she could not be too far […]

A Serpent Surprise

A Serpent Surprise

“WINGS!” Grigg yelled, accusation in his eyes, over the crack of thunder and violent spray of the icy sea. “Yer said nothin’ about the blasted thing havin’ wings!” Captain Wilhelmine Vexx flashed her teeth at him as she clung to the railing of the crow’s nest, growling at her First Mate. “I didn’t ruddy know! […]

Angel Wings

Angel Wings

“An angel!” said Jimmy. “They must be joking. Hardly the kind of art project that would fit in round these parts, is it, Lizzie?” “I know. Do you remember when they made our Jayden be Gabriel in the nativity? We almost had to drag him down to the school with that white sheet, gauze wings […]

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