99 word flash fiction challenge: Priorities

Momentarily she woke to the receding sounds of the wheelbarrow drifting back to sleep unperturbed. She woke late.  “Jack!”  Answered by silence she called again, a new edge in her voice. Hurrying to his room she found it empty. Now wide awake she dialled the police.

“Jack is missing. You have to find him.”

“Calm down. How long’s he been gone.”

“Sometime in the night. Quickly you have to come and start looking. I heard a wheelbarrow. You’ve got to help.”

“Perhaps, in twenty-four hours if he’s still missing we’ll file a report.”

“No you have to start now.”



About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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10 Responses to 99 word flash fiction challenge: Priorities

  1. This leaves you wondering on so many levels! Could be a book opening…


  2. Charli Mills says:

    Keep pressing into this story! So much is evolving and that wheelbarrow is a haunting element.


  3. colinmathers says:

    Is there a one-legged man in this story?


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  6. Norah says:

    I love that you have continued with this story. I’m looking forward to the next installment!


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