Flash Fiction Friday:Lying In Wait


Innocuous. Just a simple lantern, hanging above a local restaurant. Pay me no attention.

That’s right, fill your bellies until you can eat no more.

I’ll bide my time. It must be perfect. Oh yes then it will be glorious.


I shall have you.

Oh, yes…come closer little girl. Oh, you smile and skip with your parents, little hands in their protective care. But they won’t help you.

Closer. Yes, closer. Just your little foot on the first step…almost there…


A loud POP rent the air and Justine clutched her parents’ hands with a start. She looked up and color filled the sky. Tiny squares of blue and green and pink and red and orange.

She smiled.

“Happy Birthday!” came the chorus of the staff that poured out of the front doors.

Mwahahaha…I got you good, little girl.

Now, someone needs to fill me up again. Someone. Anyone?


Flash Fiction Friday! I clocked in at 150 words. Woohoo! Back in the right direction. This one was tough, though. I wasn’t sure where I was going to go with this picture…but then this came to me. Beware next time you see an innocent lantern nearby!

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9 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday:Lying In Wait

  1. Your story certainly kept me guessing, Russell. I was convinced that something awful was about to happen to the little girl – but relieved that it didn’t! A nice twist in the tale and a lovely birthday surprise for the child. A confetti-filled balloon is a great idea!

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