Time for Tuesday’s 99 word flash fiction over at Carrot Ranch. Rolls around fast doesn’t it? This week Charli has asked us this:
‘ In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a rut. The rut can be a habit, a circuit or a furrow in a road. It can be what causes the crisis, tension or the need to change. And if your writing feels stuck in a rut, use the flash fiction to do something radical. Who knows what is lurking behind the doors of your imagination!’
For those of you who are still reading along to find out what happens to our friend Bill (and I do thank you so much) I was very relieved to read this prompt, as it is just what I need to give Bill a helping hand. If anyone is in a rut it’s poor Bill, putting it mildly.
Last week’s installment was dark and heavy with some confusion over Joey (Bill’s brother) and Bill’s little boy, whose tragic loss haunts him still. I didn’t make that part particularly clear and also it would have been better if I had used the word ‘motorbike’ instead of ‘bike’. Hopefully things are clearer now.
I wonder if this will be the last flash for Bill as I would like to whisk him away and develop the story. What do you think?
No Way Out Part Five – Breathe
Bill buried his head in his hands as the doctor uttered just five words: “Joey’s operation was a success.”
By early dawn and back home, Bill retrieved his phone from the bin where he had dumped it the day before. So many missed calls from a lifetime ago…
He saw it then: the repossession letter on the kitchen table. Bill’s upper lip curled as he grabbed the letter and his lighter. Outside in his back garden, sparks flew up into the dawn-lit sky as he watched the letter burn. Now he breathed.
“Not yet you bastards, not yet.”