It’s been a while since I wrote a flash fiction piece so here it is. In case you don’t know what flash fiction is…it’s a very, very short story but still has a beginning, a middle and an end. Usually the word count hovers below 1000 words but can be even shorter. A few creative people have even managed to write a complete story in a sentence or two. Not being quite that creative, it took me a few more sentences but here it is…
Life. A precious thing.
Most of us live our lives the best we can and then we die. We merrily dance our way through childhood, suffer through adolescence, then create the life we want or simply follow the path of least resistance.
Either way, we experience love and heartbreak, laughter and tears, victories and tragedies and, of course, life and death along the way.
But a few forego normality so that others can have it.
Her fingers hovered over the keyboard, unsure what to write next. As she reread the words, she wondered if she was talking about the deceased or herself.
This obituary changed everything. This death changed everything. This man changed everything. She wiped away the tears, determined to finish what she’d started.
Her fingers moved back to the keyboard.
Life. A precious thing but an honorable death is just as precious.
She nodded. Good. Very good. He would have liked her words or at least she wanted to believe that was the case. Truth be told, he probably wouldn’t have. Never one to be the center of attention, he liked staying in the background. Staying in the background is what allowed him to be so very good at his job.
But this was his day and she would celebrate his life and mourn his death.
Taking a deep breath, she hit enter. Then slowly she stood up and walked out of the room, knowing she would never return.
Time to stop following the path of least resistance.
With a smile, she walked out of the room and into a new life.
YOUR TURN: I hope a lot more questions popped up as you read it. Who was the man? What was his connection to her? Why did he die? Why did it affect her so? What’s she going to go do now? Answer any or all the questions or even a different one that the story brought to your mind and then share it with us.
GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!