I love it when people buy your book then send you an e-mail telling you they love it. That made my writerly week, I tell you. My collection of short stories is almost twelve years old, but the stories still resonate. That’s what every writer wants, to have people find their work meaningful. I’ve recently transcribed that book, Rarely Well Behaved, so that I can publish it on Amazon as an eBook. My proofreader had a wonderful suggestion: break it up into two or three eBooks with stories of the same genre in each book. What a great idea. I got started on it right away.
At my local writers’ group (SWAG Writers) open mic on Wednesday, I read a short piece which was a flash fiction exercise to write a story about an article of clothing. As soon as I saw the exercise, I remembered my mother complaining about the prosthetic bra she was supposed to wear after her mastectomy some thirty years ago, and the story happened. After I read the story, women in the audience, and a couple of men, came up to me to tell me how meaningful it was to them.
So, all in all, a good week for the writer-me, and now it’s capped off by Friday Fictioneers!
Here’s this week’s inspiration photo:
And I’m sure you know where I’m going with this story:
Appearances are Deceiving
He lured the child into the tunnel with the promise of Harry Potter.
“It’s like the train station. You go through the wall to get to the Hogwarts Express,” he said. “Come on, if you want to see.
He knew she followed him without question; he was her father’s friend.
“You’re not afraid of the dark, are you?” he asked, midway through the tunnel, where no one would see.
“Not at all,” she said.
He spun around at the sound of an adult’s voice.
She willed the disguise spell away and stood before him, a warrior now, with a blade.
If you want to read more 100-word flash fiction by other Friday Fictioneers, go to Madison Woods’ blog.
18 thoughts on “Friday? It’s Friday Fictioneers!”
Despite the title I didn’t see the twist coming. It was an uncomfortable read at the beginning and the the tension built in a distrubing manner. Then ending was a relief as the tension melted away and you just know he’s going to get his.
Mine is http://tollykitsjourney.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/flash-fiction-story-1-for-fridayfictioneers/
The only twist is I don’t usually do magical realism, but this cried out for it.
Oh excellent! I do love a good come-uppance/just desserts tale. My spirits were sinking as I read it, but a terrific ending. I hadn’t noticed the title, so it came as a welcome surprise.
It’s funny, because I thought that *HE* was going to be the one to actually turn out to be a wizard. Well done twist!
Oh, man, this made me so uncomfortable until the ending! Wonderful twist. Way to go. 🙂
Gripping! this gave me a start really…i enjoy the subtle twist and detail of a magic wand. Well done!
oops! forgot to drop mine link;
Oh, I liked yours–thinking you’re going for freedom and waking in your cell. Good twist.
And thanks for the comments on mine.
Subtle eerieness…cool take…
Sharing mine: http://wp.me/p1aAEA-tz
Oh I love how you turn the tables, I was cringing at where I saw this going–I hate child molesters with an unholy passion–until the end. I hope she cuts off his, uhm, you know what I mean.
I’m pretty sure he didn’t survive. 😉
An expert example of turning the tables, leaving the reader reeling after being led one way before turning it entirely on its head. My mind was worrying where the story was going, though it certainly dispelled the worry once the unsuspecting creep was about to get his comeuppance!
Liked the twist, no one wants a child to get hurt, everyone wants a predator to get caught. Great idea. here’s mine http://jemcogdell.blogspot.com/2012/04/running.html
I didn’t understand at first, but she turned into the warrior at the last line, didn’t she?
Awesome; I was expecting something to be deceiving about him, that would leave her helpless… but that might just be me. I don’t know where your idea even came from.
She did indeed. In my head, she was an adult “wearing” a child’s disguise using a spell. When she got the jerk where she wanted him, the spell goes away, and he gets his comeuppance.
As to where my ideas come from: my totally warped brain. 😉
Thanks for the comment.
Vengeance is a good way to end it. I like that I think he’s going to end up getting the short of the deal.
Mine is here: http://erinleary.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/flash-friday-fiction-2/
Great twist. I’m sure he’s getting what he deserved.
Here’s mine: http://postcardfiction.com/2012/04/13/the-incident/
An adult wearing a child’s disguise using a spell to trap this child molester…oh, my prayer….if only it could be true…there would be less evil predators out there. Wonderful take on the prompt. Here’s mine: