Flash! Friday for Sept. 18: Rerouted

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. 18 prompt was this picture:

The additional prompt was a requirement to either include an animal (fire) or a plant (ice). The word count was 93 words exactly.

You can read the full results here. Congratulations to my uncle as well; he jumped back into the fray for the first time in more than five years, and received a shout-out from one of the judges. His entry is here.

My entry had a word count of 93 words of course, and used the element of ice. Here is my entry:

His words were like the breeze at their necks swept in from the tunnel; there, but another part of the daily hustle not reckoned with.

In and out as an automatic assembly color-coded line, with Charlie a station appendage. Like he was a mop bucket meant to be there people stepped around. His coin cup was its own caution sign.

Their phones gave them an out from his words, swallowed up by the glow of importance somewhere else.

His stomach rumbles synced with the inbound and outbound trains, lost to the dark tunnels.

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