The Journey Ahead

Today is Flash Fiction Friday and I thought I’d tackle it with a little help from Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. If you’ve still not made it over there to take part, what are you waiting for? Priceless Joy hosts and this really is a lot of fun. Bonus is that this can help get your creative juices flowing and get you writing!

photo provided by Etol Bagam for FFfAW.
photo provided by Etol Bagam for FFfAW.

“Are we almost there?” Bobby called out weakly. The children shuffled across the bridge with sluggish, plodding steps.

“Yes, dear. Almost. Come, children. Almost there.” Megan answered. She kept her voice cheerful, upbeat, but I could see the exhaustion in her eyes.

How long had it been? Days? Weeks?

I wipe the sweat from my brow. Could it really have been weeks since it happened? Since everything went…no, I don’t want to think about it.

The mist from the waterfall kisses my skin. So good. It had been so long.

Everyone plods ahead of me. I keep my eyes peeled. I haven’t heard anything behind us in awhile.


Shelter ahead. We’re almost there. We’ll be safe.

We’ll be safe.

I clocked in at 120 words for this week’s prompt. It was fun. Hope you enjoy and that you’ll go and check out others who attempted this.

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24 thoughts on “The Journey Ahead”

  1. Wonderful story! It makes me want to know what had they just been through – what happened? Seems they have been walking for a very long time! (Now, at least they can see the end in sight). I would like to bring to your attention, a typo. In the 4th paragraph seat should be sweat.

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  2. Intriguing, Russell. It begs the question of what are they so afraid of that they must run away? What happened prior to this scene? What is this safe shelter ahead? You definitely capture our imaginations with this one. 🙂

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  3. This is awesome and piqued my curiosity. I’d like to try some flash fiction. Or maybe I have without knowing it! Are there particular rules? (As much as I dislike rules in the same area as creativity…. I want to get it right lol)

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    1. Flash Fiction varies as much as any writing. Some say it must be 300 words or less, others go up to 1000. This particular group goes for 100 – 175. I like to keep it as close to 100 myself (though I don’t hold to that tightly). The best thing I can say is to focus on what you don’t say. Reactions to what isn’t specifically spelled out says a lot.

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    1. Thank you! You should tackle the Flash Fiction of FFfAW – it’s a great way to hone your skills. Flash Fiction forces you to tune in to the emotions and core of your scene. 🙂 I look forward to reading your posts if you do go for it.


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