Gleaming: a 100-word story

by | Jun 25, 2015 | Fiction, Flash fiction | 10 comments

Here’s another 100-word story. I will welcome your feedback.

By Laura McHale Holland

16215513064_30d4b4bb44_mDay after day she winds blackberry vines around paperbacks, doorknobs, French fries, shoes—everything she can touch. It’s an effort; she concentrates. But the barbs bend, limp on contact, the vines dissipate like love gone bad. She calls to people walking iguanas on the other side of the fence, but they saunter on unaware she is watching. There was a time, she’s sure, when she was a life-giver, tender lover, beloved friend, but that was before she sliced her world in two, in three, in four, before she saw her holy grail gleaming in the blade of a knife.

Photo by Wayne S. Grazio under Creative Commons license.

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  1. Mary Knight

    This was not what I expected. It just blew me away.

  2. admin

    Thanks, Mary, for taking the time to stop in, read this story and leave a comment. I’m so pleased it had a powerful, surprising effect. I think writing short fiction is challenging and fun to do, sharpens the mind, and has a positive effect on longer projects.

  3. wordwranglingwoman

    Oooh, a dark and delicious visual fantasy, with hints of madness. Loved it. xo Patrice

  4. admin

    Thank you, Patrice, my astute writing friend. I hear you’ve been making great progress on a second book. Congratulations!

  5. Susan

    YIKES! I won’t even use the big knives we have. They scare me and this did too. I’m intrigued nevertheless. : ) HUGS.


  6. admin

    Thanks for your note, Susan. I’m glad you’re intrigued. Exactly where this character is and what she did is wide open for interpretation. Hugs to you, too!

  7. Barbara Toboni

    Creepy, good. Did she go mad then start slicing herself? That’s my guess. Am I right? Only Laura knows for sure. It’s fun reading these little pieces.

  8. admin

    Thanks, Barbara. I like that you’re guessing. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way to interpret the story, but the way you see it is in line with what I envision. I think I saw a note that you have something new up on your blog, too. I’ll stop in soon and give you some love, you wonderful poet, you.

  9. admin

    Thanks, Paige! I’m enjoying your appreciative alliteration. :)

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