Flash Fiction Friday: Something is Very Wrong


It’s time for the weekly Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers challenge! Here’s my contribution. Thanks to Priceless Joy for the challenge and Jade M. Wong for the photo!

“I’m cold, papa.”

I didn’t notice the shift from the hot summer night until sweet Annie spoke. My eyes were fixed and my mind consumed with what lay in front of me.

Annie buried herself under my arm. My wife, Megan, squeezed my hand tighter. I don’t know if it was to remind me that she was there, or to remind herself. Her eyes remained fixed front, but she pulled our son Jack closer.

My family was awash in the eerie green light that painted everything from our lawn to our neighbors who stood transfixed.

How long had it been since the strange, green diamond appeared above our street? I looked at it again, and I knew something was wrong. Very wrong.

The diamond vibrated and a voice emanated from it that threatened to tear my eardrums, “I am peace, I am love, I am the light.”

“You are the light,” echoed from all my neighbors.

My family pressed their hands against their ears. They did not repeat the words.

Something was very wrong indeed.


I’m right at 175 this time. At least I’m still within the limit (albeit, at the top!). So many different stories clamored in my mind with this photo, but it seems this one was the loudest. Hope you enjoy!

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14 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday: Something is Very Wrong

  1. Interesting, Russell. What if the thing IS peace, love, and light? I liked how this wasn’t quite clear to me (except maybe for the zombie-like echoes). But what if, with our preconceived notions, we judge in error. To me, that’s the most chilling about this – the not-knowing.

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  2. If we all agree that it is the light then maybe it will go away.😎I do like how you set this story up, with one family being in some way different.

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