Flash fiction

#26 – Lollard

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Francis placed the quill carefully into the ink, sighing as he watched the dying fire crack and spit.  He barely saw the dim glow of the flames.  He looked through them at the days ahead: at what needed to be done.

There was a cry from the street outside and Francis flinched, his heart thundering as he stood and peered through the glass.

“What are you doing?”

Francis knew the voice behind him.  It purred in refined malice.  Rage dissolved to terror as he heard the soldiers file in.  The book was still open.

“I’m telling the truth, your worship.”

(c) Tim Austin 2016. Promo image courtesy of Martin Kníže via Uplash.

Today’s title was suggested by Playwright and Screenwriter Max Gee – writer of Tales of Bacon, a YouTube comedy that you can watch for free here.  You can tweet Max @MaxGee1284.

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#25 – Onesie

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Maria peered down into the fridge, her finger slipping easily through the icing of the birthday cake.  Her mouth curled up gently as she smoothed the mark flat.

“Soon.”

Drawing out a fresh bottle of Prossecco, she kicked the door closed and brushed down her rabbit-eared Onesie with a smile. Oven on, toys wrapped: everything was ready.

Three more bottles sat empty on coffee table.  The hissing from the open oven door calmed her nerves and Maria yawned as she returned to the couch. Again she read the greetings cards scattered on the floor. 

I’m so sorry for your loss.

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Promo image courtesy of Michał Parzuchowski via Uplash.

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Today’s word is the second suggested by Dr. Abby Astle who I’m sure was expecting a cheery tale.  There’s not so much drama in a cheery tale.  Sorry Abby.

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#24 – Breath

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I’m sure my eyes are open but,… No.  Oh god, no!  Please, PLEASE,.. no!  Sadie!!  Sadie, where are you?! I can’t,… the water,… shit,… it’s in my mouth,.. SADIE!  Don’t talk: stay calm, reach out.  God, the water!  So cold, Jesus! I wasn’t driving fast,.. just a deer in the,…

The seatbelt won’t unlatch.  It won’t,…. There she is,… oh God,… I can’t,… water over my eyes,… sinking,… sinking,…

I’m sorry, Sadie.  For so much.  I wish you could hear me.  Don’t go.  Please.

Squeeze my hand.  It’ll be okay.  I’m with you, Sadie.  At least this time,…. I’m here,…

..

(c) Tim Austin 2016

Today’s word, “Breath” was suggested by the magnificent Mel Churcher who’s book, “A Screen Acting Workshop”, is my bible.  Thank you for the word, Mel!  You can buy the book here and follow her on Twitter @MelChurcher.

My very good friend Lorraine (who suggested “Ache”) is running the London Marathon on Saturday – please offer some support for Shelter, her chosen charity by clicking here: https://www.justgiving.com/Lori-Bannerman.

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#20 – Particles

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The young girl blinked and giggled, the sparkling dots swimming in her gaze as she kicked her feet in the air.  The fluttering lights danced and circled the branches around her, bathing her face in warmth as dew soaked through her dress.  She didn’t care about the dress.  She didn’t care about the angry shouts of her parents.  She didn’t even care about the sirens, the flames or the screams as the atom bomb flared in the distance, turning all to ash.  She was with her friends at the bottom of her garden and they would always keep her safe,…

(c) Tim Austin 2016

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