Hi and thanks for coming back for another story snack, a 100-word flash fiction tale based on a photo prompt. I’ve been absent a few weeks. Life has just been too…lifey. I’ve had a houseguest, family stuff, big projects, and more. It was fun to get back to writing a story and seeing what the other participants of Friday Fictioneers wrote.
If you’d like to try your hand at a flash fiction story, we’d love to have you. Part of the “deal” is reading what others contribute as well as writing your own story.
This one’s for Friday Fictioneers for 15 April 2021.
The Photo Prompt
Description for my blind and visually impaired friends: This one’s a complicated photo for me, visually. I had to ask the hostess, Rochelle, what was actually there. It’s a dark scene by a building, perhaps an alley or something, with a bucket and a spout pouring out water in the foreground. There’s some light source in the left background. Something gives off a purple cast. I have no idea what.
My mind went a few places with this: dark alley deals, a redneck carwash (that’s what the country folk call it when a butter pours out rainwater, and you can drive under it for a free carwash), nefarious activity, spies…I settled on something else.
The Story: A Misfit, a Hedgehog, and a Fresh Start
“Good-bye forever, Jackass.” Carey bore the kind of bruises that don’t show. Signing, she massaged her temples. After one last look, she picked up the one item that could not be packed: Misfit’s prized toy.
“You’ve belittled me for the last time.” She shut the door to her former life, revved the engine, and gave the tiny trailer the royal raspberry before driving away.
At doggie daycare pickup, Misfit curled up on the passenger seat with her hedgehog, merging her tan and white corginess with its deeper browns.
“Good luck.” Dana hugged her.
“Thanks. Let’s make our new home, Missy.”
Thanks for reading!
Cheers to your #BLISSfulLife!!
Ronda Del Boccio
Award-winning author, photographer, and artist
About Ronda Del Boccio
Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her from doing what she wants to do. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda’s books on Amazon at Amazon..com/author/rondadelboccio.