If you’re not familiar with what Flash! Friday is, here’s the explainer. But in short, it’s a fun weekly contest of flash fiction writers, where each week a new picture prompt, “element” prompt (based on fire and ice), and a limited word count is given, and writers have 24 hours to submit their story. By Monday, the judges pick a winner.
The Aug. 21 prompt was this picture:
The additional prompt was a requirement to either include a revolutionary (fire) or include a droid (ice). The word count was 75 words exactly.
You can read the full results here.
My entry had a word count of 75 words, obviously, and used the element of ice. Here is my entry:
At a motel near the market, Chet injected again; the needle always found a new home along his veins. Back in the city he hadn’t seen since he was a boy, Chet thought familiar roots would detach the ingrown ones he’d developed, but they were stubborn.
Like a candle wick aflame, warmth overtook him, and he slumped against the wallpaper.
His fragrance was stale piss and vinegar — a smell she could no longer handle.