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Flash Fiction ~ "Punishment"

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly writing challenge hosted by Rochelle at Addicted to Purple. The challenge is to use the photo prompt to craft an original story in only 100 words or less.

PHOTO PROMPT © Madison Woods

PHOTO PROMPT © Madison Woods

As a barrier, protection, the fence was flimsy. It wobbled when he grasped a post. Staring out over the dry plain, unbroken to the horizon but for three lonely trees, he felt only a sickening lurch of fear.

“There’s nothing there.”

His own voice sounded dull and monotonous in his ears; it couldn’t fill the silence. He glanced over at the small graves, marked with the rocks dug up to make them. So small. Even now, years later, it pained him.

“Nothing,” he muttered again, looking down at his big, capable hands, curled around the fence wire. “Nothing but me.”

Word count: 100 words

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4 comments to Flash Fiction ~ “Punishment”

  • Dear Shannon,

    A sad and desolate piece. It made me wonder who those small graves belonged to. Nicely done.




    Shannon Reply:

    @Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, Oh good!

    I’ve learned that I can’t write humorous stuff, even when I start out that way it ends up getting dark and heavy. I just have to go with it!


  • Deborah

    There is an ominous feel to this because he is looking for something that he hopes the fence will keep out, something that killed the others.


    Shannon Reply:

    @Deborah, That’s what I was going for, Deborah, so glad it came across! I was angling to suggest, when he looks at his hands, that it is he who is fenced in, that maybe he killed the others – his children? I hardly know, but I like ambiguity. 🙂


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