Writers Victoria just held its fourth flash fiction competition. This year, the theme was ‘Glimmer’. For the 30 days of April, they posted a single-word prompt and entrants wrote up to 30 words in response.
Here are my second 10 stories.
April 11 Sequin
After each performance, she plucked a single sequin from her costume and threaded it on a silk necklace. Rich with laughter, love and anguish, it glimmered brighter than any jewels.
April 12 Shimmer
Light plays tricks on my mind. Or is my mind playing tricks with light? A hole in my vision. Spirals in the periphery. A migraine aura makes the world shimmer.
April 13 Altar
The world gathered at the Altar of Social Media to watch Fame forsake all others for Fortune.
Forfame baptised their child Narcissus, and he grew up to rule the world.
April 14 Horizon
All her life, she yearned to go somewhere over the rainbow and beyond the horizon, to sing in the rain. Hallelujah, she found her true north, the sound of music.
April 15 Subdued
‘Go to your room and think about what you’ve done!’
Mandy slunk away but, far from subdued, she giggled about her handiwork – Barbie’s pink mohawk, nose ring and ripped jeans.
April 16 Oasis
Oasis or mirage? Pyrite or gold? Right or wrong?
She fell into the trap of binary thinking and lost everything hiding in the shadows, the shading, the beauty in difference.
April 17 Dapple
Everyone warned her about his drinking, his trail of broken hearts, his encounters with the law. But love blurred her vision, and she reframed his checkered past as lightly dappled.
April 18 Faint
Laurence tried all the tricks to avoid detection: distraction, confidence, stealth. But the sniffer dogs whiffed the faintest trace of cocaine and foiled his plans. Now Laurence is serving time.
April 19 Blink
She deciphered his excuses: ‘The internet was on the blink’ meant Mum hadn’t paid the bill. Soon, she understood that he loved detention for the peaceful hour away from home.
April 20 Waver
Bingo! A waver of light in the shop’s security camera footage proved a time jump, which gave cause for a surveillance team, which finally led to the drug lord’s demise.
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To see my first ten entries: Writers Victoria Flash Fiction 2022 – Part One