99 Word Flash Fiction: Life’s good

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

“The operation was successful. We expect a full recovery.” The doctor said. She left happy.

“Knowing your Mum will be okay  I can’t wait. I love you so much. Will you marry me?” She nodded, her heart filled to overflowing with love and joy.

Blissfully reflecting on her day, she slowly became aware of her surroundings; tall trees with moss on their trunks, a view to the sea, soft grass. She was in heaven.

“Henry Miller” she said out loud, “according to you, now might be the time to die but life’s good and I choose to live.”


This might not make a lot of sense unless you firstly know Charli sets a prompt each week to which we respond with 99 words. Her prompt this week February 18, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about feeling good. Is it a relationship? A new dawn, a new day? A reprieve or a relief from earlier tension? Does it come from giving or receiving a gift? Is it the result of compassion? If you hear wedding bells, add them to the story.

Respond by February 24, 2015 to be included in the weekly compilation. Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

The other thing that you probably need to know is that one of my favourite authors is Henry Miller who wrote my all time favourite “Big Sur and the Oranges of Heironymous Bosch.” In this he talks about when life is perfect and you are in that state of happiness that is the ultimate ecstasy this is the time you should die.  This perfect state is transient. You cannot be that perfectly happy as the burdens of life are sure to intrude again. There are going to be bills come in the mail, a spat with some-one. No, according to him you are better to end it at this point. I don’t know that there would be too many of us that would agree with him.

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: Life’s good

  1. Annecdotist says:

    I love how that sense of happiness can make us hyperaware of other sources of beauty in our surroundings, and you capture this so well in your flash. Can’t agree that that’s the point to die, however, I think we have to savour those moments to help us through the hard times that will inevitably come our way.

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  2. There’d be an awful lot of young lovers who karked it, eh, Irene …?

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    It’s like a moment when life’s pieces fall in the right places. So good. Living is a good choice, and I like the Henry Miller reference.

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  4. TanGental says:

    It seems odd, doesn’t it, to say there is a perfect time to go? After all how do you judge that, in fact it cannot get any better? I love the way you involve the senses in her joy and her delight at rejecting Henry

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