J. L. Willow

Author ~ Blogger ~ Storyteller

Nearly Complete recently had a flash fiction contest to write 100 words or less on the following prompt:

Describe your main character’s most vivid memory.

I’m pretty proud of what I came up with and I wanted to share it with you guys! (Don’t worry, this flash fiction isn’t from The Scavenger or my current WIP, so you don’t have to worry about any spoilers!)



It was a twisted kind of beautiful. Trees swaying gracefully in the breeze, a sky blue enough to evoke jealousy from the sea. It was a gorgeous day, the kind that summers were created for. If you kept your eyes up, you could pretend nothing was wrong. Even when I looked down, what I first saw seemed to add to the beauty. A twinkling of shattered glass on the pavement, red paint dotting the shards. Then the demolished car came into focus. And as my feet pounded toward it, I knew my life was about to change forever.


Do you want to take the flash fiction challenge? Leave your submissions in the comments below!

Just keep writing, just keep writing . . .

— Julia

One thought on “Flash Fiction Challenge

  1. jon287 says:

    How’s this:

    In. Out. In. Out. The machine’s hypnotic rhythm lulled me to distraction. As I looked at Mary on her bed, her diaphragm synchronized with the machine’s unyielding pattern. In. Out. I felt the world melt away as I succumbed to the rhythm. I wasn’t anywhere, or anytime. Just present, here and now. With Mary. In. Out. And as empty and sterile as this existence was, I dreaded the day I would lose it. And the machine would stop. And I would awake from my trance. And I would have to live the rest of my life, without her. In. Out,,,,,,,,


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