Flash Fiction Challenge Day 1

Day 1: Select a book at random in the room. Copy down the last sentence and use this line as the first line of your new story.

The prompt sentence here is from the end of Thrones, Dominations by Dorothy L. Sayers and Jill Paton Walsh. My story got rather serious! 😀


“Must be reading the wrong book – will ask Harriet to lend me War and Peace,” she groaned. Then slammed the book shut on the spooning couple and tossed it across the grass. Why she’d even thought of reading a Western romance she couldn’t say. The bantering, the flirting, the kissing. The same plot as every romance novel ever, hashed and rehashed. All so sweet and innocent. With oh so little depth.

Her polar opposite.

She rolled over, stroked her pistol with a fingertip. It wasn’t loaded – not anymore. If she had to be frank, she’d admit that was a relief. A relief, not to be on guard every moment. It was a week now since he’d been locked away. The only remaining person who wanted her dead couldn’t reach her.

Then again, maybe she deserved punishment, be it death by his hand or the life sentence he was serving. Anyone who had done what she had done deserved some sort of penalty. And yet… she’d changed. She knew she’d done wrong, and she’d sworn never to do it again. She might stumble sometimes, but she would never go back to her old life.

She picked up the pistol and flung it into the lake.

And then she went to confess.


There you have it! I have no clue whether it’s any good at all, but hey – at least I wrote something again! (Other than the million and three essays I’ve been doing for school…) Also hopefully my fic for Day 2 will be a little more lighthearted lol. We’ll see.

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4 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Challenge Day 1

  1. This is really cool, Benita! One of my friends and I have been doing something like this ever since YWP in November. This month it is humorous/sarcastic type quotes that we have to write on. Last month is was songs. And I think next month’s is pictures. It’s a lot of fun!

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