Flash! Friday for Oct. 16: Shallow Shrine

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 Oct. 16 prompt was this picture:

“Burmese musicians performing at the Shwedagon Pagoda in 1895.” Public domain photo by Philip Adolphe Klier.  Read a description of the photo here.

The additional prompt was to either include a student (fire element) or include a roadworker (ice element). The word count was 89 words exactly.

You can read the full results here.

My entry had a word count of 89 words, and used the ice element. Here is my entry:

I was a pilgrim for her, naked and blind.

Behind me were the drippings of my heart, as it pulsated in my hand. Nobody else noticed the love-struck leper of the street since my drippings covered the faded drippings of pilgrims past.

Once at her altar, I faltered, dropping my heart and smashing what it had to offer. More pilgrims came, stepping on the pieces.

Love-struck lepers think themselves lone butterflies in the greenhouse, but dew has covered their eyes.

Seeing anew, I join the roadworkers on the outskirts.

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