Flash! Friday for Sept. 11: Buttercream

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 Sept. 11 prompt was this picture:

A Yoruba bride and mother. Photo by Fhadekhemmy.

The additional prompt was a requirement to either include a mysterious blessing (fire) or a mysterious curse (ice). The word count was between 150-160 words.

I’m grateful to have received a shout-out from one of the judges, Tamara Shoemaker, who said about my entry:

“For making me feel a strong affinity to a wedding cake topper, which is… certainly a unique experience for me.”

You can read the full results here.

My entry had a word count of 160 words, and used the element of ice. Here is my entry:

Their feet were caked, and every few seconds, they sank lower. All around them, they could hear the singing and dancing. Nobody noticed them, not yet.

But their moment would come.

Yetunde and Alake held onto each other, looking to the other for strength, even as each passing second whittled it down.

The street drums and colorful hats that marked the traditional festival seemed so long ago now. Yetunde had been preparing ofada rice while Alake washed the white flowing cloth for Malomo.

Then darkness came.

Alake wept; her resolve gone.

Swooping in like pale white ghosts, the bride and groom pulled Yetunde and Alake out of the cake, and tossed them aside. Their bodies caked and cracked, the faint sound of Yetunde crying out for Malomo was lost to the excited murmurs of the guests.

As cameras flashed, the bride and groom cut into the cake, and with clinched fistfuls, they smashed the cake bits into each other’s faces.

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