close enoughYou crawl across the obstacle course of crunched metal as best as you can, the deadweight of your useless legs hindering the task.close enough by MelonyFelony
"Hi," she breathes when you haul yourself to a stop, your elbows scraped raw and lungs heaving. The air tastes like the red that courses down her face, clumping in her lashes.
"Hey." You let yourself sink down, your fingers walking across the distance it takes to get to hers. You brush them and she links them together and you think it might hurt her because they're swollen and black, but if it does, she doesn't even wince.
You feel something thick and unbearable stuff up your chest, squeeze your heart and scratch the inside of your ribs like one of those itchy wool sweaters. Then your eyes itch too and you want to say something, but you can't find anything other than a decayed apology and that just doesn't quite fit.
"Hey, don't cry." She makes a face and cheekily sticks her tongue out, some more red trickling down the corners of her mouth. "There's nothing
taking Pity on godsometimes I wondertaking Pity on god by TheBareSheet
if God wore regret as his Shadow
when his creation
walks with Sin
this is our Punishment
yet it was his Failure
sometimes I wonder
if God has his gravestone etched with Betrayal
when his creation
lays with Temptation
this is our Weak will
yet Strength trickled from his fountain
sometimes I wonder
if God's step falters
when his generations
fades into forgotten legacies
yet his Scars are kindled and rekindled
from charred ashes of lost Faith
What it is
FFL is here to unite flash fiction writers across the globe. Flash fiction pieces are shorter than a short story, and have all kinds of crazy rules and formats. Read below for the guidelines for flash fiction for this group.
What are we doing here?
As well as submitting flash fiction, nano-fiction and short stories, we'll also throw out some monthly prompts or themes to get your brain juices a' boilin'.
What are the guidelines then boss?
Flash Fiction and Genre Folders
The recommended word count is 500 words or less for pieces submitted to a genre folder (Or the straight up Flash Fiction folder if you don't want to be caged in by a genre), but a maximum of 1000 words is the cut off point.
This is a separate folder for nano-fiction masochists who want to submit 55's, and this is strictly limited to a 55 word count... no more and no less!
The lines between flash fiction and short stories are blurred, and we don't want to miss out on great writing over silly rules, so anything over 1000 words can go in here if you want to show it off to the community!
Oh, make sure your piece is actually flash fiction and not a vignette. By this I mean, is your fiction a self contained piece with characters and some sort of plot progression or is it just a short segment dedicated to a specific character?
Finally, please do include a word count in the description for every piece. It's not like we are going to count to check up on you, but it is nice to know how many words you managed to get your piece across in.
And last of all
Spread the word dudes/dudettes. If you know people who are into writing fiction, and want a bit of a challenge; get them involved! The more writers we have, the stronger the community, and then we can hold competitions and such.
|Look at these fiction heroes, just look at them churn it out!|
May promptGreetings. It is that time again! This month your prompt is this:
You are on a ship. You have just run out of your most-used supply. What happens?
No genre or word restrictions or anything. Just keep it under 1000 words. Submit your piece by the end of May to this folder.
This should be a fun one!
Thanks to all who submitted for April. I will be doing a feature and new member journal soon.
What Am I?Waste me not. Possess me? Never!
Looking SharpOnly one eye.
I'll pull through.
KenningTea merchant's measure,and
but kettle's bane.
Pack LightFolded rectangle can now go anywhere.
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The following are a collection of great resources for aspiring authors of flash fiction, and writing in general.
Tips For Writing Flash Fiction by SRSmith with excerpts by Kathy Kachelries
Creating Voice by CrumpetsHarvey
Guide to (UK) Punctuation By Larry Trask
Flash Fiction Chronicles - a flash fiction blog